It’s hard to be a curmudgeon with a mean streak when the Tigers pull out a game the way they did last night. It’s hard to say enough about Mikie Mahtook. Since the break he has been hitting .361 with an OPS of 1.037.
Maybe it was sharp scouting or maybe just plain baseball luck, but the Tigers really seemed to have pulled one off when they picked up Mahtook for some player to be named later. (OK I looked it up, some minor leaguer named Drew Smith, who Tampa has since released and is now on the Mets AA team). And the best thing, with the Tigers dire salary predicament, is that they are getting all this for $541,000. Mahtook is not eligible for arbitration until 2019, and free agency until 2022.
Still, Justin Upton upstaged Mikie with the walkoff. Another one. Upton is the one player playing up to his very high salary. I shudder to think where this offense would be without him.
Miguel Cabrera left last night’s game with back stiffness and is taking today off. Although in this down season, John Hicks may even be an upgrade.
Edward Mujica pitched himself back to Toledo; the Tigers call up RH Jeff Farrell.
- Mikie Mahtook, CF
- Alex Presley, RF
- Justin Upton, LF
- Nick Castellanos, 3B
- John Hicks, 1B
- Victor Martinez, DH
- James McCann, C
- Andrew Romine, 2B
- Jose Iglesias, SS
Pitching: Matthew Boyd vs Ervin Santana