Game 2017.106: Tigers at Yankees

What are the odds of getting another good start today? Anibal was quite good, and Shane Greene was a game-saver with the 5 out save.

When Greene made the wild pickoff throw, it must have given him bad flashbacks—in his debut for the Yankees he had 4 errors.

The down side of the 5-out save is that today will probably feature…who? in the 9th inning.

It was nice to see both catchers bring their bats: Hicks and McCann combined for a 3-for-7 with 3 RBI. Hicks sits today, but I wouldn’t be surprised by a pinch-hit appearance.

Today’s Lineup:

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

Pitching: Jordan Zimmermann vs Masahiro Tanaka


  1. Tony de Florida

    August 2, 2017 at 2:57 pm

    How do you get out of a jam with Miggy and Casty due up? Just keep he ball out of the strike zone and let them chase.

  2. Jud

    August 2, 2017 at 4:01 pm

    Two biggest holes in the lineup bat 4 and 6. Rally killers.. Scary!

  3. Jud

    August 2, 2017 at 4:24 pm

    Tanaka throw Miggy and Casty 1 strike and 7 balls… Two up two down.. Then actually throws a strike to VMart who doubles.

  4. Tony de Florida

    August 2, 2017 at 4:32 pm

    Zimm must have realized that Bruce was getting ready to come in Nice job.

  5. Coleman

    August 2, 2017 at 4:33 pm

    Wow, Zimmermann!

  6. Jud

    August 2, 2017 at 4:37 pm

    Haha.. ZIM PEEKS INTO Pen.. Sees Rondon… Rises to the occasion… Huge K!!!!

  7. Jud

    August 2, 2017 at 4:52 pm

    Not sure if I have seen a better Zimmerman… Ever before today!

  8. Jud

    August 2, 2017 at 4:56 pm

    Rain rain.. You can stay……………..

  9. Jud

    August 2, 2017 at 4:57 pm

    Rain Rain you can stay………………

  10. Tony de Florida

    August 2, 2017 at 8:08 pm

    It’s Rondon, he’s the 8th inning guy no matter what. I think it’s a mistake but it could work. He did get one out last night.

  11. Tony de Florida

    August 2, 2017 at 8:10 pm

    Here comes the Judge!

  12. Tony de Florida

    August 2, 2017 at 8:15 pm

    It’s OK, he’ll find the plate soon.

  13. Tony de Florida

    August 2, 2017 at 8:20 pm

    So-so start but nice recovery by Bruce. At least he had the +97 stuff. He also was working the hard part of the Yankees order.

  14. Jud

    August 2, 2017 at 8:21 pm

    Bruce I know I am your only fan.. But a 4 out 8th..filthy stuff… Great job!!!

    • Tony de Florida

      August 2, 2017 at 8:29 pm

      If he pitches like that most days, I could easily become fan #2.

      • Jud

        August 2, 2017 at 8:46 pm

        Ya he is streaky, for sure I believe the key is use him 3-4-5 times a week. He can’t sit long.

  15. Jud

    August 2, 2017 at 8:35 pm

    If the Tigers played like this all year, even without VMart and Miggy they would be way over
    .500, in second or third place, but only 3 out!

  16. Tony de Florida

    August 2, 2017 at 8:36 pm

    Hey 2 of 3 in NY. I (and I suspect Norman)am very happy!

  17. Jud

    August 2, 2017 at 8:38 pm

    Greene looks like a closer.. Like he is p*ssed off all the time.. I love he quote…
    “I want the guys to know that when I come into the game, the game is over.”

    • Tony de Florida

      August 2, 2017 at 8:39 pm


  18. HelpMeMakeitThruThe9th

    August 2, 2017 at 9:08 pm

    He’s has that glare of confidence for a closer…He certainly
    looks like he is embracing the challenge… I guarantee he
    thinks he is the best pitcher on the staff…

    • Jud

      August 2, 2017 at 9:57 pm


  19. HelpMeMakeitThruThe9th

    August 2, 2017 at 9:13 pm

    Zimmerman looked legit today…Kudo’s to him…

    • Tony de Florida

      August 2, 2017 at 9:26 pm

      +1 Last 2 really sharp.

  20. Jud

    August 2, 2017 at 9:39 pm

    Lose Frankie.. J Willie steps up
    Lose JD.. MIKIE steps up
    Lose J Willie.. Greene steps up
    LOSE AA McCann starting to hit
    Lose. VMart…
    Lose Casty
    Lose Brad

    • Tony de Florida

      August 2, 2017 at 11:05 pm

      Nice list, Brad should move up.

  21. HelpMeMakeitThruThe9th

    August 2, 2017 at 10:16 pm

    I believe Zimm is now 3-0 vs. the Yankees now… Does anyone remember back in the 60’s …. a Tiger known has the Yankee Killer…No matter how bad we were playing…. Frank Lary would find a way to beat the Mighty Yanks…23-9 over his career vs. the Pin Strippers….

    • Tony de Florida

      August 2, 2017 at 11:06 pm

      Sure do and Paw Paw Maxwell to help hit.

  22. Jud

    August 3, 2017 at 2:34 am

    After he retired Paw Paw played some semi pro ball came to the NBC tournament in Grand Rapids and I pitched a game against him.. Something I will never forget. I believe Mickey Stanley, who was younger and Billy Hoeft, who was older also played on that team.

  23. HelpMeMakeitThruThe9th

    August 3, 2017 at 12:12 pm

    Charlie Maxwell…Always liked Ernie’s call on the radio from Paw Paw MI.
    Didn’t he have a quirk going where he hit home runs on Sunday… Not many TV games back then…
    I guess that is why I hang with the English D… A lot of indoctrination when I was a youngster… Impressive spurt winning the last two series vs. quality teams… We could be one of those teams that you don’t really want to play down the stretch… Playing loose under zero pressure…I saw where we were ranked high in quality starts… Zimm looked like a legit #2 or #3 yesterday…and Anibal has been an interesting turn around as well…

  24. HelpMeMakeitThruThe9th

    August 3, 2017 at 12:21 pm

    Lot of talk on Bless You Boys about moving Castey to LF…Not feeling that would turn out very well… Thoughts? How bout him and Miggy tag teaming 1st and DH? I know Nick hasn’t really busted out as a hitter but I still am a believer in his hitting potential…Defensively he is a train wreck…

    • Smoking Loon

      August 3, 2017 at 10:44 pm

      Like him better at 1B. Outfield, no thanks.

  25. Jud

    August 3, 2017 at 3:32 pm

    Feet don’t move at third.. They won’t run in left. How many infielders can you name that successfully became outfielders.. Carlos Guillen and????????????????? In left those first quick couple steps are critical.. At no time are you allowed to use Casty and quick, or critical in the same sentence.

    • Tony de Florida

      August 3, 2017 at 4:33 pm

      Spot on, Jud. An example in reverse is Jacoby Jones. When the season began he was our best defensive outfielder. Did you know that in the minors he was a very good 3rd baseman? They probably put him in the outfield because Casty could not be replaced. A great example of what you said on the current Tiger team is our old friend Lettuce. Notice he can play any position (hasn’t caught yet but probably will some day) and do it well? You have to have some inherent athletic ability to do that.

      • Coleman

        August 3, 2017 at 5:22 pm

        Inge was a great defensive catcher and infielder, and would have been a good outfielder if they had stuck with that experiment.

  26. Jud

    August 3, 2017 at 10:27 pm

    Lettuce is a very rare breed to inner defensive talent… I bet he’s good at golf, pool, BB, surfing, just about anything!