Game 2017.119: Tigers at Rangers

McCann and Mikie continued their hot streaks, and Upton was Upton, but nobody else did much of anything.

Supposedly the Tigers and Astros are still discussing a Verlander trade.

And SS Isaac Paredes is ripping it up for the West Michigan Whitecaps: in 5 games his has hit .400 with 3 HR.

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 Hicks, C
  8. Alex Presley, RF
  9. Jose Iglesias, SS

Pitching: Justin Verlander vs AJ Griffin

47 Comments

  1. Jud

    August 15, 2017 at 8:43 pm

    I am watching on GameDay. Why didn’t Iggy score on the wild pitch?

    • Smoking Loon

      August 15, 2017 at 9:26 pm

      I’m on Gameday, too, don’t know. Guessing it was one of those wild pitches that wasn’t wild enough. Kinsler could move without risk but not Iglesias, home well covered.

  2. Smoking Loon

    August 15, 2017 at 9:31 pm

    Not much for the Verlander trade idea. Ill-adivised. Doesn’t seem like a very sober idea for either the Astros or Tigers. Send Cabrera to Houston instead, see how they like that.

    • Smoking Loon

      August 15, 2017 at 9:36 pm

      This inning notwithstanding.

  3. Tony de Florida

    August 15, 2017 at 9:36 pm

    If the Astros have an offer for JV on the table, they may revise it downward.

    • Smoking Loon

      August 15, 2017 at 9:40 pm

      Yeah. Don’t see how generous the offer could be, anyway.

      Dump Verlander and keep Zimmermann? Ugh. Perish the thought.

  4. Tony de Florida

    August 15, 2017 at 9:54 pm

    The FS-1 guys have it right. The only person they should talk to is JV since he can refuse/cancel any offer or agreement the clubs may come to.

    • Smoking Loon

      August 15, 2017 at 10:04 pm

      That’s a good point. Ask Justin if wants to go to Houston, and if he does, persuade him not to. For all the talk there has been about this for a month or more, not once have I seen even any speculation on what Houston is supposed to be offering. Not even a hint.

  5. Smoking Loon

    August 15, 2017 at 9:58 pm

    Good for Ian Kinsler for speaking his mind, by the way. There’s a guy I want on my team. Fielder for Kinsler. Best trade ever made.

    • Tony de Florida

      August 15, 2017 at 10:15 pm

      I’ve been watching on TV all season and if things like Foxtracks is to be believed, it MLB that has the problem. The ball/strike calling has been horrible all year. The only consistency has been that it is bad. I think MLB made it worse when they changed the bottom of the strike zone at the beginning of the year.

  6. Tony de Florida

    August 15, 2017 at 10:02 pm

    Casty 2 K’s on balls almost hit the plate. Mike also 1 K same ball in dirt. Texas has retired 8 Tigers in a row. Easy to see why.

    • Smoking Loon

      August 15, 2017 at 10:08 pm

      Griffin is pitching well. Far as I can tell.

      • Smoking Loon

        August 15, 2017 at 10:16 pm

        Even when he was Barnette, apparently. D’oh.

  7. Jud

    August 15, 2017 at 10:13 pm

    If the Tigers do want JV to go.. Tell him to look no further than Houston 4-5-6 hitters vs the Tigers4-5-6. In fact anyone’s 4,5,6 hitters compared to the Tigers….

    • Smoking Loon

      August 15, 2017 at 10:18 pm

      I’m more afraid that he wants to leave than that the Tigers want to trade him.

  8. Smoking Loon

    August 15, 2017 at 10:13 pm

    Five runs on the board or not… that last half-inning was more of what I like about JV. There’s no one else on the staff who finishes like that.

  9. Smoking Loon

    August 15, 2017 at 10:19 pm

    So, Tony. Does Brad the moron need to pinch run for Victor here? 🙂

    • Tony de Florida

      August 15, 2017 at 10:41 pm

      No, it’s too early and they were too far behind, no outs. If he had, it would not have hurt much anyway.

      • Smoking Loon

        August 15, 2017 at 10:42 pm

        OK. Just checking. You’re making Victor very nervous. He’s afraid to get on base late in games now.

  10. Smoking Loon

    August 15, 2017 at 10:25 pm

    I don’t like to complain, but having to spend two outs for those two runs kind of bums me out.

    • Tony de Florida

      August 15, 2017 at 10:45 pm

      That’s because Texas played normal infield depth with 2nd and 3rd and no outs. They happily gave up 2 outs for 2 runs with a 4 run lead in the 7th. May show more confidence in their pen than we have in ours.

  11. Smoking Loon

    August 15, 2017 at 10:32 pm

    Hey! How did Alex Avila manage to climb two spots up the Faces of WAR? How does that work? He’s not even here any more.

  12. Smoking Loon

    August 15, 2017 at 10:33 pm

    Golden Boy is letting us down.

    • Smoking Loon

      August 15, 2017 at 11:33 pm

      Golden Boy 0 for 5.

  13. Smoking Loon

    August 15, 2017 at 10:45 pm

    If Detroit gets out of this without giving up a run, this makes the 2017 bullpen highlight reel.

    • Smoking Loon

      August 15, 2017 at 10:53 pm

      Great. Stumpf looks like a good pitcher. Seems like a good pitcher. Results? Nah. Not yet, anyway. He hasn’t done a damn thing. Don’t recall a single crucial act of run prevention. Not one.

  14. Tony de Florida

    August 15, 2017 at 10:50 pm

    I love it, stole home but there was balk called. Free run, Walk, sb, error, balk. NOW THAT’S BASEBALL! Hope Kevin enjoyed it.

  15. Tony de Florida

    August 15, 2017 at 10:55 pm

    Miggy just k’ on a ball that looked a foot over his head on TV.

    • Smoking Loon

      August 15, 2017 at 11:01 pm

      Looked pretty bad on Gameday, too. He should rest his back. Bring up Ficociello or Navarro. I don’t notice whether he’s in or out the lineup any more.

    • Jud

      August 15, 2017 at 11:05 pm

      It’s sad watching a great hitter like Miggy look like me on most of his at bats… But Brad doesn’t have the balls to shut him down and the teams going no where…..

  16. Jud

    August 15, 2017 at 11:01 pm

    Hey Stumpy.. With a runner on third how about peeking at him… Instead of who knows where…plus it wasn’t a balk but Odor beat it easily anyway.

  17. Smoking Loon

    August 15, 2017 at 11:03 pm

    Another leadoff walk. Run will score. Anyone willing to bet against it?

  18. Jud

    August 15, 2017 at 11:06 pm

    8 innings leadoff hitter on 5 times.. Hmmm

  19. Smoking Loon

    August 15, 2017 at 11:12 pm

    Verlandit! This verlanded pitching staff is really starting to chap my hide.

  20. Tony de Florida

    August 15, 2017 at 11:12 pm

    Aussie’s having a bad night and Brad’s going to let them blow up his ERA.

  21. Jud

    August 15, 2017 at 11:13 pm

    Napoli batting. .190…but bats about . 600 vs Tigers. Lot of guys do that.

  22. Smoking Loon

    August 15, 2017 at 11:14 pm

    I’d say that Saupold is on a brisk walk down the Mujica-Rondon Trail, but I think Toledo is running out of pitchers.

  23. Smoking Loon

    August 15, 2017 at 11:22 pm

    You forced Victor to hit a home run there, Tony. I hope you’re happy now.

    • Tony de Florida

      August 15, 2017 at 11:28 pm

      His one sure way of advancing beyond 1st base.

      • Smoking Loon

        August 15, 2017 at 11:48 pm

        If a player is unable to round the bases after hitting a home run, is it within the rules to put a pinch runner in? Maybe you could just have Victor stop at second base and then have Romine complete the trip. Just for fun. I wonder if it’s allowed.

  24. Smoking Loon

    August 15, 2017 at 11:31 pm

    I’ll give him credit for not striking out a lot, but does anyone on the team swing at more outside the strike zone than Iglesias, and is it even close?

  25. Smoking Loon

    August 15, 2017 at 11:40 pm

    I’ve already called 73-89, but there are predictions you want to be wrong about. Regrettably, I think another tipping point was reached tonight. Finishing .500 is out of reach. 28-15 is just NFW.

  26. Jud

    August 16, 2017 at 1:23 am

    Loon this is a 15-28 team down the stretch.. You wrote The Ws and Ls backwards…

    • Tony de Florida

      August 16, 2017 at 11:31 am

      Jud, so you don’t think the boys will put on an season ending win streak to saves Brad’s job?

  27. Jud

    August 16, 2017 at 2:25 pm

    I think they go 15-28 because they play mostly AL Central teams and Cleveland Minnesota KC are all in the hunt and won’t be able to lay down.. The Tigers are their Cannon fodder!

  28. Chas. Goffnett

    August 16, 2017 at 7:12 pm

    Aducci went 4-5….at Mudhensville last night…Hill (CF) has a big game at WM too… As a first rounder I believe…he hasn’t had much excitement as a prospect….Candyman had a good night too.. 3 run HR and a double..

    • Tony de Florida

      August 16, 2017 at 8:07 pm

      Probably doesn’t matter what Aducci does anywhere. Brad kept playing Lettuce (who I happen to like)in RF in spite of Aducci’s better numbers. I think Coleman has started an investigation into this.

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