Game 2017.132: Tigers at Rockies

Remember the good old days when we used to gripe about the getaway day lineups, with multiple starters on the bench? Doesn’t matter so much as the moment, does it? I’d just as soon see Machado as Kinsler or Hicks as Cabrera

Today’s Lineup:

  1. Mikie Mahtook, RF
  2. Dixon Machado, 2B
  3. Justin Upton LF
  4. Nick Castellanos 3B
  5. James McCann C
  6. John Hicks, 1B
  7. JaCoby Jones, CF
  8. Jose Iglesias SS
  9. Justin Verlander P

Pitching: Justin Verlander vs Chad Bettis

Game 2017.131: Tigers at Rockies

Nick had a great day yesterday, which included his league-leading 10th triple. How is it that one of the worst baserunners in the league leads it in triples? That’s baseball, I guess.

Today’s Lineup:

  1. Ian Kinsler 2B
  2. Alex Presley RF
  3. Justin Upton LF
  4. Nick Castellanos 3B
  5. James McCann C
  6. Mikie Mahtook CF
  7. John Hicks, 1B
  8. Jose Iglesias SS
  9. Michael Fulmer P

Pitching: Michael Fulmer vs German Marquez

Game 2017.130: Tigers at Rockies

Jordan Zimmermann has had a week at the ol’ drawing board. Let’s see how sketchy he looks today.

And he gets to bat too! woohoo

Today’s Lineup:

  1. Ian Kinsler 2B
  2. Alex Presley RF
  3. Justin Upton LF
  4. Miguel Cabrera 1B
  5. Nick Castellanos 3B
  6. Mikie Mahtook CF
  7. James McCann C
  8. Jose Iglesias SS
  9. Jordan Zimmermann P

Pitching: Jordan Zimmermann vs Antonio Senzatela

Game 2017.129: Tigers at White Sox

Best wishes to Victor Martinez, who is back on the 10-day DL again with an irregular heartbeat.

Nick’s wrist is good enough to bat but not play 3rd (insert your own joke here), so we get to try him out at DH.

Today’s Lineup:

  1. Ian Kinsler 2B
  2. Andrew Romine 3B
  3. Justin Upton LF
  4. Miguel Cabrera 1B
  5. Nick Castellanos DH
  6. Mikie Mahtook RF
  7. John Hicks C
  8. JaCoby Jones CF
  9. Jose Iglesias SS

Pitching: Matthew Boyd vs Lucas Giolito

Game 2017.128: Tigers at White Sox

Nick Castellanos is out until he comes up with a better nickname (Nick?). Also, he has a sore wrist from the Yankee scuffle.

We were wondering why in the world Brad would bring in Jimenez in a crucial spot. Apparently this is going to be a thing. Jason Beck tweets “Joe Jimenez will spend this stretch run pitching in tight situations, learning on the job, according to Brad Ausmus.” OK then.

Today’s Lineup:

  1. Bootsie 2B
  2. Mongli, 3B
  3. J-Up, LF
  4. Miggy 1B
  5. Night Hawk, CF
  6. Papicho, DH
  7. McCannon, C
  8. Robomb, RF
  9. Candelita, SS

Pitching:  George vs Carlos Rodon

Game 2017.127: Tigers at White Sox

Well, the final score is finally in from last night’s game: Miguel Cabrera 7 games, Gary Sanchez 4 games, Alex Wilson 4 games, Austin Romine 2 games, Brad Ausmus 1 game. That seems kind of steep for Miguel, considering he whiffed on his punches, but he could use the time off anyway.

Nobody’s saying’ nuthin’ about that dugout to-do involving Victor, Casty, and Verlander. But the consensus is that the guys weren’t really thrilled that Victor seemed kind of chummy with Sanchez after the whole thing settled down, considering Sanchez sucker-punched both Miggy and Castellanos.  Just for fun here’s a bunch of people saying a bunch of stuff about the brawls.

Today is must-watch JV. We’ll see if he’s still a little amped up from all the excitement yesterday. You might want to watch with special sunglasses though—they are going to be wearing some hideously bright orange uniforms with nicknames on the back.

Today’s Lineup:

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

Pitching:  Justin Verlander vs Miguel Gonzalez

Game 2017.126: Yankees at Tigers

Zimmermann said after the game that he is “going to go back to the drawing board.” I would think he should have a pretty spiffy board by now.

Thankfully, we get treated to a Fulmer start this afternoon. Let’s hope Mikie and the boys can scratch out a run or two for him.

Chad Bell was apparently still on the team, since he has been sent back to Toledo. Zac Reininger has been called up to the bigs for the first time. Bryan Holaday is a fan of Reininger, and says he has a 98 fastball and three good offspeed pitches. Hopefully we don’t see him today (I hope we get 8 out of Fulmer), but he at least sounds worth taking a look at.

Today’s Lineup:

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

Pitching:  Michael Fulmer vs Jaime Garcia

Game 2017.125: Yankees at Tigers

Mikie-Man gets a rare day off with The Lettuce being served up in center.

Rumor has it that Nick has been taking pre-game outfield practice.

Today’s Lineup:

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

Pitching:  Jordan Zimmermann vs Luis Severino

Game 2017.124: Yankees at Tigers

That was a classic Verlander start to stop the losing streak. Apparently, according to Chris McCosky, Verlander decided before the game to add a new pitch to his mix, a cut-slider, and was throwing two different sliders, which had the Dodgers confused. Good stuff.

Today’s Lineup:

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

Pitching:  Matthew Boyd vs Masahiro Tanaka

Game 2017.123: Dodgers at Tigers

Justin Verlander and the Sunday Scrubs try to keep the Tigers from being swept for the second consecutive series.

Yesterday Michael Fulmer became just the 2nd Tiger in 10 years to lose a game where he pitched at least 7 innings with no earned runs. It was a different kind of historic day for the Dodgers who won their record 13th consecutive interleague game.

In other news Justin Upton says he hasn’t decided if he is doing to opt out of his contract or not.

Today’s Lineup:

  1. Ian Kinsler, 2B
  2. Alex Presley, RF
  3. Justin Upton, LF
  4. Miguel Cabrera, 1B
  5. Mikie Mahtook, CF
  6. Victor Martinez, DH
  7. John Hicks, C
  8. Andrew Romine, 3B
  9. Dixon Machado, SS

Pitching:  Justin Verlander vs Kenta Maeda

Curtis Granderson will lead the game off for the Dodgers, which should be a familiar sight for a lot of the Tiger fans at the game.

Game 2017.122: Dodgers at Tigers

We may see an old face back in Detroit tonight: the Dodgers have acquired Curtis Granderson from the Mets.

Today’s Lineup:

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

Pitching:  Michael Fulmer vs Hyun-Jin Ryu

Game 2017.121: Dodgers at Tigers

Well, the Tigers were just swept by the Rangers, so they couldn’t do any worse against the Dogers, right?

Sauchie is on the DL with longballitis—um, i mean hamstring soreness—and the Tigers bring up the other forgotten man, Jacoby Jones (what, no Adduci?).

Today’s Lineup:

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

Pitching:  Jordan Zimmermann vs Rich Hill

Rich Hill is a Wolverine alum, so there should be plenty of friends and family and all that there to watch.