Game 2017.65: Rays at Tigers

In today’s random note, the Tigers games are among the longest in the league. Brad says that’s because they have to spend so much time keeping teams from stealing their signs.

Another way to deal with this would be to stop having so many runners on 2nd.

Today’s Lineup:

  1. Ian Kinsler, 2B
  2. Alex Avila, C
  3. Miguel Cabrera, 1B
  4. Victor Martinez, DH
  5. JD Martinez, RF
  6. Justin Upton, LF
  7. Nick Castellanos, 3B
  8. Alex Presley, CF
  9. Jose Iglesias, SS

Pitching: Justin Verlander vs Alex Cobb

35 Comments

  1. Coleman

    June 15, 2017 at 8:38 pm

    I hope JV keeps pitching like he did to those last two batters. And I hope someday I can join a burger club. Or a pizza club, that would be ok also.

    • Smoking Loon

      June 15, 2017 at 9:14 pm

      Pizza club. Yeah. I’m in. It’s free, right? Where’s my pizza?

      • Coleman

        June 15, 2017 at 9:49 pm

        Yes, free admission as soon as Cabrera gets his average up to .300. Oh, double play with two on and no out, looks like salad for you this month.

        • Smoking Loon

          June 15, 2017 at 9:56 pm

          It ain’t over! He sure wanted those inside pitches, though. I think that is a good sign, though he could have drawn a walk, looks like.

          • Smoking Loon

            June 15, 2017 at 10:40 pm

            🙂

            • Coleman

              June 15, 2017 at 10:42 pm

              That should be worth a slice!

              • Smoking Loon

                June 15, 2017 at 10:50 pm

                With pepperoni, since Cabrera also advanced the runner that scored what should have been the first winning run with his unorthodox double sacrifice bunt to SS. I mean 3B.

  2. Tony de Florida

    June 15, 2017 at 9:35 pm

    JV not especially sharp tonight but still 7 innings and only 2 runs. Our offense has been offensive again tonight.

    • Smoking Loon

      June 15, 2017 at 9:49 pm

      ERA down, WHIP up. But yes, 7 innings and only 2 runs. More of that any way we can get it.

  3. Tony de Florida

    June 15, 2017 at 9:54 pm

    Robertson’s having a Casty type night in the field. Thank you so much.

    • Coleman

      June 15, 2017 at 9:57 pm

      Victory by clown show still smells as sweet.

      • Smoking Loon

        June 15, 2017 at 10:01 pm

        I’ll take it. Would have taken it.

  4. Smoking Loon

    June 15, 2017 at 9:58 pm

    End the drama, Frankie. HR to Morrison here and now.

  5. Coleman

    June 15, 2017 at 10:00 pm

    OK, Frankie can stop his whining now.

    • Smoking Loon

      June 15, 2017 at 10:11 pm

      He got three outs. Plus, he’s the active career leader in saves. I see no problem.

  6. Tony de Florida

    June 15, 2017 at 10:08 pm

    Wonder what Frankie’s press conference will be like tomorrow? Poor JV can’t buy a win.

    • Smoking Loon

      June 15, 2017 at 10:14 pm

      Unfortunately, he can’t really pitch one, either.

  7. Smoking Loon

    June 15, 2017 at 10:20 pm

    Whatever happens, please, no extra innings.

    • Tony de Florida

      June 15, 2017 at 10:40 pm

      OK, no extra innings. And Miggy’s still working on your prediction. 1st HR since May 20th.

  8. Will '68'84@?

    June 15, 2017 at 10:39 pm

    Rodriguez comes in. Verlander sees another opportunity about to disappear. A fight breaks out at the Rays bat rack. Why Brad?

    • Smoking Loon

      June 15, 2017 at 10:46 pm

      Seriously, I have no problem with bringing Rodriguez in. As long as he’s on the team, he should get the opportunity to pitch, and I don’t care when that is. Maybe he shouldn’t be on the team, but that is a different question.

  9. Will '68'84@?

    June 15, 2017 at 10:39 pm

    Rodriguez comes in. Verlander sees another opportunity about to disappear. A fight breaks out at the Rays bat rack. Why Brad?

    • Smoking Loon

      June 15, 2017 at 10:54 pm

      Seriously, I have no problem… Wait a minute.

  10. Jud

    June 15, 2017 at 11:58 pm

    Victor and Miggy both have an RBI….and a Rare Miggy dinger….Life is good. I had to work so I am watching now!

  11. Jud

    June 16, 2017 at 2:32 am

    Miggy great job in the ninth…..the reason I am not estatic is…..is that his first hit in the 9th inning ALL YEAR……..but a win is a win and there are NO bad wins..right Frankie!!!

  12. Jim Eggers

    June 16, 2017 at 3:17 am

    It occurred to me today that 5 years ago, when I found this ‘lash-up” (old USMC term) that three players were the reason I became a Tigers fan. JV, Miggy and Victor. So, we have ridden the roller coaster with all 3 and their supporting cast and skipper, but when it all comes together it is a thing of beauty. Speaking of beauty, Heidi was wearing scrubs tonite, something to do with the Mets Injuries. I think I am coming down with something…

    • Tony de Florida

      June 16, 2017 at 12:12 pm

      Hopefully the Tigers will never hire her. If she’s my nurse why would I want to get better?

  13. StorminNorman$

    June 16, 2017 at 4:25 pm

    http://www.freep.com/story/spo.....404272001/

    VMart to DL w/irregular heartbeat

    • Tony de Florida

      June 16, 2017 at 5:07 pm

      Certainly all our prayers should go out to Victor and his family. He has given the Tigers many good years. Hopefully he will be well enough to return soon. If any doubts remain, I wish him the wisdom to realize his career is only part of his life and that he does have a family that will need him around for many more years.

  14. Jim Eggers

    June 16, 2017 at 6:48 pm

    Well said, Tony. Those of us who been in and out of hospitals know that health is the most important thing, even more than baseball.

  15. HelpMeMakeitThruThe9th

    June 16, 2017 at 7:40 pm

    Thank you to WSGW radio out of Saginaw…Their 50th
    year of broadcasting the Tigers…

  16. HelpMeMakeitThruThe9th

    June 16, 2017 at 7:52 pm

    Another defensive gem by Nick…He’s good for an error a night.
    Maybe he will make up for it with the bat…What a terrible
    defender…I thought that he would at least be an ave. infielder
    by now…

  17. HelpMeMakeitThruThe9th

    June 16, 2017 at 10:57 pm

    One of the better efforts of the season…
    The three defensive plays in the one inning
    was incredible…
    More offensive explosions like that would
    be nice….

  18. StorminNorman$

    June 17, 2017 at 11:29 am

    a VMart offense responded well, along with some impressive defense (for a change)…some potential positive signs w/Zimmerman

    …i guess we’ll see where this goes

  19. HelpMeMakeitThruThe9th

    June 17, 2017 at 12:28 pm

    Another thought from last night…Previews of coming
    attractions… Miggy as DH …Alex at first base is
    an interesting look into the future… Obviously it
    is a pretty good look with the way Avila is playing.