Game 2017.82: Giants at Tigers

The season is now half over. That went quickly, and not that satisfactorily.

Nothing says the holidays like an interleague battle of bottom dwellers. But hey, it’s still baseball! And we have our All-Star on the mound and Justin “WAR Man” Upton back in the lineup.

Happy Independence Day, everyone!

Today’s Lineup:

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

Pitching: Michael Fulmer vs Matt Cain

Victor moves up a spot in the lineup, for no real reason that I can think of.

16 Comments

  1. Jud

    July 4, 2017 at 2:18 pm

    Happy 4th, boys….
    Fireworks early. Victor doubles his RBI total for the month if June already with 2…he is on a roll. In fact how many games all year has Miggy and Victor both scored a run… I bet not many.. Must be a Holiday!

    • Tony de Florida

      July 4, 2017 at 2:23 pm

      Yes, in this epic matchup of last place teams, even Victor is hitting. Fulmer looked a little off early but like most great pitchers seems to have settled in. Just keep our pen out of it as long as possible.

  2. Jud

    July 4, 2017 at 4:06 pm

    Brad +1..his batting lineup won the game. JUp in the 3 spot.. Victor excited that he moved closer to the 4 spot, big day. Un-noticed Iggy scores a run because he ran hard, rare Tiger occurrence, and scored before Avila also running hard was thrown out at third on JUp single.

    All in all good solid win!

    • StorminNorman$

      July 4, 2017 at 4:10 pm

      agree, solid win

  3. StorminNorman$

    July 4, 2017 at 4:07 pm

    Happy 4th all !
    http://www.espn.com/mlb/story/.....-tightness

    If his production (lack of) and remaining contract didn’t give any prospective team serious reservations, another potential nagging injury will

    Several DET sportswriters are advocating DET to ‘sell’, but DET Only has a few players teams would offer up any quality players/prosoects for

    • Smoking Loon

      July 5, 2017 at 12:35 am

      I continue to contemplate trades of Verlander and Cabrera, which are more realistic propositions after the season than now, but without enthusiasm. I really don’t want these things to happen.

      Detroit’s sell position seems to be less of an active one and more of a “make me an offer I can’t refuse” position. For this I can only see JD, Greene, J. Wilson, and Castellanos as possibilities. Alex Avila’s name keeps popping up, but I just don’t see it.

  4. Jim Eggers

    July 4, 2017 at 5:02 pm

    Happy day to not be a Colony! This is the day my brother and sister firefighters dread! Hopefully everyone will be smart and safe, and drive sober, but I know some stuff will happen… on the baseball front, good to see a Tigers win! A blogger from LA says lots of talk out there about JV… we will see!

  5. Tony de Florida

    July 4, 2017 at 5:39 pm

    Nice win, batting order seemed to work as Jud said, expect a change soon. Fulmer another good start, closer perfect, 2nd Fulmer game under 3 hours: Life is good in our great country in spite of the challenges.

  6. Smoking Loon

    July 5, 2017 at 12:08 am

    Good win. Let’s have some more so we can talk about something other than trades and rebuilding.

    Justin Upton is making a case for us to *hope* he doesn’t opt out. Victor hits a HR at the mere mention of .107 ISO. Michael Fulmer is giving us what Verlander used to and sometimes still can, the sense that the Tigers *ought* to win any time he starts. And Mikie Mahtook has apparently put a stop to the revolving door in CF.

    Lapsing back into trade talk, could it be that Anibal Sanchez rather that Verlander becomes the tradable starter by later this month?

    • Tony de Florida

      July 5, 2017 at 12:20 pm

      Great point about Annibal. A club with a smaller payroll might take a flyer. It would only cost them the rest of this year ($8mil?) and a $5mil buyout if he fails to produce.

      • StorminNorman$

        July 5, 2017 at 4:28 pm

        My guess would be if DET were able to trade Sanchez for a respectable prospect/player, DET would have eat most of his remaining salary …and possibly a portion of the option (buyout) for next year.

        I’ve heard JV trade rumors linked to LAD and CHI, but based on JV’s age and up & down year (and remaining salary/years), I don’t think DET will be able to trade him… because, quite frankly there are/will be better/cheaper/younger pitchers available between now and 7/31

        • Smoking Loon

          July 5, 2017 at 7:47 pm

          I don’t think Detroit would have to eat much if any of Sanchez’s salary if he looks like he’s got the new mojo. He’s always been crafty. Now he’s crafty with less power. That can play very well in some leagues starting with N. Eating too much of that salary would be a dealbreaker for me. Just as soon keep him if he’s looking even reliable rather than super-fantastic. Gives the Tigers some wiggle room to have Norris and Boyd both “work it out” in Toledo as necessary. I think Norris is next up for that.

          • Smoking Loon

            July 5, 2017 at 7:57 pm

            Exactly, Tony. Although that $5MM buyout… yeah, maybe Detroit would have to cover that. In which case I would want two lower level (but not lower talent) prospects.

  7. HelpMeMakeitThruThe9th

    July 5, 2017 at 11:19 am

    Driving home from the lake…. I thought I heard that the
    Cubs were interested in Verlander and Aliva.
    I have to believe that ownership has to weigh getting
    younger and getting rid of non-productive contracts to
    having the fan base not show up and attend games and
    spend $$$…
    Nice solid win last night…Victor/Victoria centering up
    a couple at bats… Small thing …Mickey taking charge on
    a play in shallow left center and looking like…hey this
    is my spot out here in CF…He certainly has been a surprise.
    Let’s get another one tonight…Help me make it to the All
    Star break….

    • Smoking Loon

      July 5, 2017 at 7:55 pm

      Verlander is still a big draw. Can’t see getting rid of him as a win with the fan base, however easy it is to think that it is bitter medicine that must be swallowed. I don’t think it’s necessary or even that good, least of all with a return that couldn’t be that good right now. Salary relief, yeah, well, it’s not my money. I like him on the team, don’t think he’s even close to being finished or merely average.

      • Smoking Loon

        July 5, 2017 at 8:04 pm

        Trading Alex Avila doesn’t sound good. He’s too valuable. He doesn’t have to duplicate his first half to remain that way.

        I’ve talked a lot about trades, but the fact is I’m not so fond of any of the ideas. Not attached to them, at any rate, not even the idea of trading Castellanos.