Game 2017.72: Tigers at Mariners

Warwick Saupold. I remember first seeing that name and thinking he sounded like a cricket player, or law firm, or something. I certainly didn’t associate him with WAR—but there he is, the newest entry on the Tiger Faces of WAR.

According to the guys with the WAR numbers (Baseball Reference has been hacked by the Russians), Warwick Saupold has now been more valuable to the team than Miguel Cabrera ($28,000,000), Nick Castellanos ($3,000,000), Victor Martinez ($18,000,000), Anibal Sanchez ($16,800,00), Francisco Rodriguez ($6,000,000), and Jordan Zimmermann ($18,000,000).  So yes, this team is in quite a bind.

Today’s Lineup:

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

Pitching: Daniel Norris vs Andrew Moore


  1. Smoking Loon

    June 22, 2017 at 10:26 pm

    Warwick-Saupold has a financial services ring to it. Maybe he invests the $69 million those other guys are making.

  2. Thomas M Judson

    June 22, 2017 at 11:20 pm

    Mark your calendars.. June 22, 2017 the day the Tigers found last frickin place!!!

    Meanwhile Moore offered the Mariners $5000 if he could pitch against the Pussycats again tomorrow….

  3. Coleman

    June 22, 2017 at 11:48 pm

    Kinsler is playing like first place is on the line, as he was last night. They need a few more guys like this.

    • Tony de Florida

      June 23, 2017 at 12:32 am

      That’s why I hope we don’t let him go. What a mentor he could be for a young 2nd baseman.

    • HelpMeMakeitThruThe9th

      June 23, 2017 at 4:45 pm


      No doubt about Kinsler…He is the consummate pro…
      He is playing chess where most of our guys are playing
      corn hole..
      Scoring from second on the steal and pass ball from
      second the other night was so head up…
      His baseball skill and intellect stand out in a sea
      of confusion.

      • Smoking Loon

        June 23, 2017 at 8:16 pm

        Unfortunately, Tony, the Tigers have no young 2nd basemen in the pipeline. All the more reason they are likely to hold on to Kinsler into 2018. The $5MM buyout might not be something other teams want to trade for, and Detroit spending $5MM to save $12MM is something they might do with an overpaid schlub, which Kinsler is not.

  4. Coleman

    June 23, 2017 at 12:26 am

    Ah, Frankie. Time to switch to Golden Girls.

  5. Tony de Florida

    June 23, 2017 at 12:30 am

    I would let F-Rod pitch the ninth also.

  6. Tony de Florida

    June 23, 2017 at 12:37 am

    That would have been/could have been the tying run. Half inning too late.

  7. Coleman

    June 23, 2017 at 1:03 am

    I think Chad Bell has promise. Now back to my MacGyver re-runs.

    • Coleman

      June 23, 2017 at 1:05 am

      Tigers down by 3, and all they have is a Swiss army knife, a can of hairspray, a gum wrapper, some aspirin, a #2 pencil, and some fishing line.

  8. Tony de Florida

    June 23, 2017 at 1:08 am

    I can not think of a reason for F-Rod to go to San Diego, except maybe to see their world famous zoo.

    • Coleman

      June 23, 2017 at 1:12 am

      Apparently he has been a good mentor to the younger pitchers. Offer the guy a nice job in the organization on the condition he retire. Immediately.

      • Tony de Florida

        June 23, 2017 at 1:33 pm

        +1 Great idea. For all his failures this year, Frankie has had a great career. There is no doubt something is missing on how the Tigers handle pitchers. He might provide the intangibles that are missing and it would open up a slot in the roster.

        • StorminNorman$

          June 23, 2017 at 3:17 pm

          Ausmus hooking his wagon to the KRod train is very telling in my opinion…and not in a good way. Sure he removed him from the ‘closer’ role, but he keeps running him out there.

          One would think, a former veteran catcher would know when a pitcher has ‘lost his stuff’…and its likely not coming back.

          • Smoking Loon

            June 23, 2017 at 7:49 pm

            I don’t think Ausmus held all the cards, and there was no waffling on his part about Frankie being out of the closer’s role until further notice. Some sign of pitching life from F-Rod might have facilitated a trade, saving face all around. As it was, he was on the team and to be used until he wasn’t. I don’t think Ausmus was blind to how bad it was.

            • Tony de Florida

              June 23, 2017 at 9:21 pm

              Not blind, just oblivious to the damage by putting him in close games.

  9. Thomas M Judson

    June 23, 2017 at 1:24 am

    Maybe if we’re lucky.. Brad goes home to San Diego and stays there.. FRod goes south to San Diego and keeps going south!!!…

    Shoot I am way off on
    my 3 -7 road trip… Theres no way they get 3

  10. StorminNorman$

    June 23, 2017 at 12:48 pm

    i have nothing nice to say about this team, the management or KRod…so i’ll leave it at that

  11. Thomas M Judson

    June 23, 2017 at 4:28 pm

    I think the Tigers are at that point with KRod something must get done. If not, its further proof you have given up on this season. I bet even the players are expecting “something” to be done. Great guy, good mentor, hope he becomes their bullpen coach…..soon!

  12. HelpMeMakeitThruThe9th

    June 23, 2017 at 4:35 pm

    Tigers are like the bad NBA teams only the
    timing of their tanking is the All Star break…
    What is the definition of insanity…Watching
    the Tigers nightly…
    I would just like to watch a team that plays
    the right way and has some excitement about it..

    • Tony de Florida

      June 23, 2017 at 5:09 pm

      We frequently watch teams that play the right way and have excitement, usually our opponents.

  13. HelpMeMakeitThruThe9th

    June 23, 2017 at 4:40 pm

    Thank God the NBA Draft was on….I hit
    that button a lot…
    Pistons get Kennard from Duke…Have no
    idea and they didn’t have a 2nd round pick.

  14. Coleman

    June 23, 2017 at 5:19 pm

    Frankie has left the building!

    Tigers have released Francisco Rodriguez:

    • StorminNorman$

      June 23, 2017 at 5:57 pm

      logic and sanity finally enters into the decision making process

      DET conscience should be clean….they were more than patient with him this year – and he’ll still receive all of his $6M salary – but if it were purely a performance based contract, he’d likely owe DET several million

    • Tony de Florida

      June 23, 2017 at 6:00 pm

      In a way, sad but necessary. If nothing else it prevents Brad from bringing him into close games just to prove he can be our closer again. Rondon called up.

  15. StorminNorman$

    June 23, 2017 at 6:01 pm

    …the first two sentences divulge the cold hard reality of pro sports

    recall Rondon

  16. Smoking Loon

    June 23, 2017 at 7:41 pm

    i’m glad Rodriguez is gone. He did everyone a favor with total collapse. It didn’t drag on like the Joe Nathan situation.

    Rodriguez didn’t have a spring training. If he had, maybe the Tigers would have picked up on something. But probably not, because famed closers become royalty.

    Is there a Tigers regular that played in the WBC that *isn’t* having a crap year? Maybe starting the season with a World Series isn’t such a great idea.

  17. Thomas M Judson

    June 23, 2017 at 9:10 pm

    This is rather amusing the article about playing the lowly Padres. 29 wins.. The “worst team in baseball”… Cant hit.. Cant pitch can’t defend… Oh I thought that was the Tigers… And hey!!.. Tigers only have 3 more wins!!!… This week isn’t over*****

    • Tony de Florida

      June 23, 2017 at 9:17 pm

      Yes, Seattle was 3 games below .500 before we stopped by to brighten their week.