Game 2017.94: Tigers at Royals

Despite a great game from Verlander, it looked like we were going to lose for certain anyway. And then Mikie Mahtook came through again! And then we lost anyway. Sigh.

We should have the starting pitching part down again tonight, with Michael Fulmer on the mound.

Today’s Lineup:

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

Pitching: Michael Fulmer vs Danny Duffy

Mikie has the hot bat, so he takes over the JD spot in the lineup. Surprisingly, The Lettuce has been planted in right field.


  1. Coleman

    July 20, 2017 at 8:45 pm

    Bozo in the house.

  2. Smoking Loon

    July 20, 2017 at 9:07 pm

    What in the Sam Hill is going on? Trying to make sense of Gameday. I’m so confused. Did Iglesias do a Kinsler and let a ball drop for a double play and then goof it up? How do you commit an error in CF and then get picked off the next inning? Isn’t there a grace period?

    • Tony de Florida

      July 20, 2017 at 9:50 pm

      Comcast internet was down so I haven’t been able to comment. Unfortunately Comcast TV was OK so I’ve been forced to watch. I can’t explain it except to say “That’s Tiger Baseball”. The whole clown show showed up tonight.

    • Coleman

      July 20, 2017 at 11:12 pm

      Cabrera was placed on the DL, Sam Hill was brought up as s replacement. In a related move, the Tigers DFA’d Ramon Santiago, who was accidentally still on the roster.

      • Smoking Loon

        July 22, 2017 at 12:30 pm

        Hilarious. But I guess I’m going to have to watch what I can stomach of the condensed game, just to satisfy my curiosity about that play. Actually the whole first inning.

        • Smoking Loon

          July 22, 2017 at 1:10 pm

          OK. I’ve seen. The first inning didn’t look as bad as it sounded, somehow, nor did the whole game. But it was bad. The whole game was a series of unfortunate incidents. I guess that’s what bad games are. And I guess I don’t think more or less of the team because of this one.

  3. Tony de Florida

    July 20, 2017 at 10:22 pm

    Well it isn’t over yet, this inning key. 8-4, 2 on no outs. Depends on how we do against SO-SO KC ball pen.

    • Smoking Loon

      July 22, 2017 at 12:33 pm

      That’s what I thought, briefly. Ghastly and pateless indeed. The most demoralizing game of the year. This has to be the low point. Doesn’t it?

  4. Tony de Florida

    July 20, 2017 at 10:46 pm

    Might as well rest the regulars, this is over.

    • Coleman

      July 20, 2017 at 11:09 pm

      The concept of Tiger “regulars” is SO 2016.

      • Smoking Loon

        July 22, 2017 at 12:36 pm

        Allow me to introduce the 2017 Detroit Incontinents. It’s the new regularity.

  5. Tony de Florida

    July 20, 2017 at 11:25 pm

    Why in the world would you bring AWillie into this massacre?

    • Coleman

      July 20, 2017 at 11:47 pm

      Trade bait?

    • HelpMeMakeitThruThe9th

      July 21, 2017 at 10:11 am

      Tony…Why bring in AWillie… Maybe to keep it
      under 20 runs…that’s the only thing I can come
      up with…. Bring some prospects up and cut about
      three of those batting practice pitchers out of
      the bull pen…

  6. Jud

    July 21, 2017 at 12:22 am

    The bright side was KINS.. Casty.. Miggy.. VMart, who went 2/17 yesterday… Went 3/15 today for a huge improvement….

    I wonder I’d Brad’s Cybermatricts will show you have to actually win more than you lose to get to. .500

  7. Jud

    July 21, 2017 at 7:26 am

    Just re-watched that first inning…. Brutal. One of my biggest reasons for not liking Brad is he blows stuff like this off. Quote. “IT was a little embarassing”…. A little!!!.. Quote “Mental errors are going to happen”… No Brad physical errors are going to happen. Mental errors, especially 5-6 in one inning don’t just happen….. To good teams, anyway. Win first two games and have JV and Fullmer going to win a series.. Totally unprepared to play today.. Totally, just like your team, Brad is unprepared for almost every get away game of the season. Who is that on??? Now it’s on to Minnesota where you hope you can get 1 out if 3….

    • Tony de Florida

      July 21, 2017 at 12:02 pm

      Hidden in your veiled endorsement of Brad, you make the critical point: “Totally unprepared to play”. IT IS THE MANAGER’S JOB TO GET HIS TEAM READY TO PERFORM AT THEIR HIGHEST LEVEL. Even the best managers have lapses and occasionally their team will produce a real stinker. The good ones make adjustments and continue on. The not so good ones keep repeating the same mistakes in motivation and the team consistently performs poorly. If you are the GM, you reach a point where you must either fish or cut bait.

  8. HelpMeMakeitThruThe9th

    July 21, 2017 at 9:52 am

    Someone put a tent over that circus…What a first inning clown show…
    We need to bring our 4A bull pen guys in little clown cars like the Shriner’s use in parades… Well folks….I think we just saw the highlight moment in 17’… a 4 game winning streak…
    On another topic ….Iggy can’t throw it to McCann in the air from shallow left?…McCann can’t move and knock it down? McCann can’t get
    a tag down at the plate… He looked like a goalie that just gave up 3 goals in the first period…. Pure comedy…and then all the powder puff pop singles off of Fulmer to add injury to insult..

    • Tony de Florida

      July 21, 2017 at 12:19 pm

      Love your comparison to hockey! I suffered through the dark days when Mr. I bought the Red Wings. Your analysis is spot on, not only did we make the physical errors, we added several “mental” mistakes. Iggys throw left a lot to be desired. But McCann certainly should have done a better job on blocking it and applying the tag.

      The other issue I have is Brad’s continuing to leave starters in when they obviously do not have it. He’s done it to JV several times this year allowing his ERA to balloon. Great motivational tool. Last night I felt Fulmer should have come out earlier. The clown show in the first obviously bothered him and he’s the type that doesn’t shake easily. The other one was bringing AWillie into a lost cause. AWillie has been one of our better performers for the past 2 seasons in a pen that has not distinguished itself. In fact he has been over used and he has shown that as the inning pile up, his performance declines. So why bring him into this game? A day off might have let him catch his breath so we might be able to use him against the Twinkies in a meaningful game.