Game 2017.92: Tigers at Royals

Well. The Tigers had an easy win last night, even with the frustrating Mr. Zimmermann on the mound. They still haven’t lost since the team meeting, which are pointless, according to Brad. Let’s see if they can do it again tonight.

JD is back in the lineup, which is good news.

Today’s Lineup:

  1. Ian Kinsler, 2B
  2. Nick Castellanos, 3B
  3. Justin Upton, LF
  4. Miguel Cabrera, 1B
  5. JD Martinez, RF
  6. Victor Martinez, DH
  7. Mikie Mahtook, CF
  8. James McCann, C
  9. Dixon Machado, SS

Pitching: Matthew Boyd vs Travis Wood

Tonight we have Boyd in the hood, taking Norris’ spot in the rotation. Blaine Hardy sent down to make room.

Iggy gets the day off. No, he hasn’t been traded.


  1. Coleman

    July 18, 2017 at 6:49 pm

    Looks like there will be a last minute lineup change. JD is now a Diamondback.

    • William

      July 18, 2017 at 7:26 pm

      Doesn’t look like a particularly good trade for the Tigers. I have to admit, Avila worries me.

      • StorminNorman$

        July 18, 2017 at 7:43 pm

        DET traded J.D. Martinez to the Arizona Diamondbacks for prospects Dawel Lugo, Sergio Alcantara and Jose King

        …many of the so-called experts say DET’s return was substandard… w/”prospects” one can never tell, but one of these guys was a #4 AZ prospect and a #22 prospect and the other not even in their top 50 prospects…

        time will tell

      • Tony de Florida

        July 18, 2017 at 7:51 pm

        Big Al has worried me since he traded Cameron Maybin but Brad has worried me a lot longer. Because of all the big contracts, the Tigers could not offer JD anything at the end of the year. In that case they would get a draft choice. Now if they can move JV and another big contract, maybe they can make him an offer as a free agent.

        • Coleman

          July 18, 2017 at 8:07 pm

          The fact Brad is here is on Avila also.

      • Coleman

        July 18, 2017 at 8:02 pm

        It’s not really a trade for JD, it’s a trade for a few months of JD. They obviously knew they couldn’t keep him beyond the end of his contract, thanks to their salary situation (basically they can’t keep him because of Miggy and Victor and Zimmermann and Sanchez etc).

        • Smoking Loon

          July 18, 2017 at 9:15 pm

          Not that anyone can be be truly happy about losing JD, but I’m fine with the trade. Not that I’m an expert, but the return does not appear substandard to me. The Tigers were in discussions with Colorado as well, and I think a SS prospect was discussed. Perhaps the Rockies thought the price too high. Next stop Diamondbacks, minor league talent at positions Detroit is MORE than thin on. Good deal.

          May I remind you that the Tigers are still 2-24 games with no HR, and there are going to be more games without HR now. Turn it on, starting pitchers. Turn it on, turn it up, and keep it there.

  2. Tony de Florida

    July 18, 2017 at 8:01 pm

    I found it interesting that Mikie is now Miggy’s protection in the lineup. Last night he went 0 for 4 with JD hitting behind him, hmmm. On the bright side I hear Adducci is back.

    • Coleman

      July 18, 2017 at 8:06 pm

      I’ve been anxiously anticipating the return of Adduci. I think he’s a mini-JD–a guy who suddenly jumped up a level or two. As I say this, I realize I might be having my Loonish Cabrera will be hitting .300 by the All-Star break moment.

      • Smoking Loon

        July 18, 2017 at 9:07 pm

        We’ll let you slide. Yours sounds less outrageous.

  3. Jud

    July 18, 2017 at 9:02 pm

    One more thing that had to come out of the “unnecessary meeting” is the hitters are way way way more patient at the plate. Not their usual swing swing swing. Kinsler a perfect example for 2-3,weeks he was swinging at every pitch coming up there now, since the meeting, he is taking walks, on a tear hitting. Since the meeting VMart has as many RBI as he had in 6 weeks, this week… The meeting hmmm!

  4. Jud

    July 18, 2017 at 9:08 pm

    As much as hate to see JD go. The Tigers brought this on themselves with these outlandish contracts, that hardly ever work out. I am still very much with the sell sell sell…

  5. Coleman

    July 18, 2017 at 10:15 pm

    One of the rumored trading pieces was Iglesias. And the Tigers traded JD for 3 infield prospects. Or maybe it’s Machado? I’d be ok with that.

  6. Tony de Florida

    July 18, 2017 at 10:18 pm

    Casty must have DD’s attention by now!

    • Smoking Loon

      July 18, 2017 at 10:39 pm

      Not only that, but Kung Fu Panda is still available. Sign him just for laughs.

  7. Coleman

    July 18, 2017 at 10:25 pm

    Tigers will win the division.

    • Smoking Loon

      July 18, 2017 at 10:37 pm

      Yes, the AL Central Central Division. Them and the Sox.

  8. Smoking Loon

    July 18, 2017 at 10:44 pm

    I’m starting to think that Nicholas Castellanos brokered the JD Martinez trade.

    • StorminNorman$

      July 19, 2017 at 3:33 pm

      yes, what it pure coincidence that Castellanos has his HUGE night on the same day that the prime piece (prospect) DET rec’d from AZ was Lugo, a guy who plays 3rd and SS?

      baseball is still a very mental game

      • Tony de Florida

        July 19, 2017 at 5:41 pm

        As the great Yogi (Berra, that is) once said: Baseball is 90% mental and the other half is physical.

        • Coleman

          July 19, 2017 at 6:38 pm

          It’s too bad Twitter wasn’t around for Yogi Berra and Casey Stengel. Now that I would read.

          • Smoking Loon

            July 19, 2017 at 8:10 pm

            Stormin’, maybe this is all part of a scheme for Castellanos to trade himself to Boston.

  9. Smoking Loon

    July 18, 2017 at 11:21 pm

    Historically good Zimmermann yesterday, nice job from Boyd today, Castellanos and V-Mart on a rampage all of a sudden. Good stuff. The icing on the cake is Upton stealing 3rd and scoring. I like to think that plays like that break the other team’s back. Don’t know if it’s true, but it kinda breaks my back when the shoe is on the other foot.

  10. Jud

    July 18, 2017 at 11:39 pm

    This is a complete different team than it was Friday…meeting or not..something shook this team up…Miggy still looks terrible ..didnt leave box on a infield pop up. Yesterday ran a groundball only half way to first…Hmmm….
    But VMart..Casty..Kins..Zim…MCann…actually playing with a sense of urgency….bout time……
    ……maybe a little showcase of Machado…I am with Coleman ..take either one…Astros be lookin!!!….lets see if JV can step up tomorrow. There certainly is room for him to do so!!