Game 2017.137: Royals at Tigers

Yes, Brad is still trotting out Everyday Ian in the leadoff spot every game, while Dixon Machado munches sunflower seeds in the dugout.

Meanwhile, the Artie Lewicki era begins.

Today’s Lineup:

  1. Ian Kinsler, 2B
  2. Alex Presley  RF
  3. Nick Castellanos DH
  4. Efren Navarro, 1B
  5. James McCann C
  6. Jaime Candelario 3B
  7. Mikie Mahtook CF
  8. Andrew Romine LF
  9. Jose Iglesias SS

Pitching: Artie Lewicki vs Jakob Junis


  1. Smoking Loon

    September 4, 2017 at 2:23 pm

    The era of of whatshisname is off to a great start. What? Oh. You meant ERA. Yes, the Artie Lewicki ERA is underway. Right in line with the rest of the staff, no problem.

    I don’t see the point of playing Kinsler much, either. Or of Romine in the outfield. Come on, man. Give us Jones or Adduci or some guys you could or could have called up from Toledo. Jeez. Give us some reason to be interested.

  2. StorminNorman$

    September 4, 2017 at 2:48 pm

    appears DET will be going through what I and many others are dealing with in Houston – we’ve been flooded, and in many respects, what “we had”, is now damaged or destroyed and its time to eliminate the clutter and get leaner and more efficient… start fresh…and remember ‘the recovery’ takes time and its important to make the right decisions during that (recovery) “process”

    hope you all are happy and healthy

    • Smoking Loon

      September 4, 2017 at 2:51 pm

      Didn’t know you were in Houston, Stormin. What’s the situation for you?

    • Tony de Florida

      September 4, 2017 at 3:03 pm

      My problem with the rebuild effort is our manager and coaching team do not appear to be up to the task. Frankly, I’m not sure what Avila and ownership will do. I can even see them keeping Brad and the coaches. I would fire them at the end of the season even if I didn’t have a clue who the replacements would be and force myself to do something creative. First step would be to restore discipline and that stats with the remaining veterans on the team.

    • Jud

      September 4, 2017 at 3:40 pm

      Norman.. BEST Wishes to you. Hope you come out of this ok!…

  3. Smoking Loon

    September 4, 2017 at 3:12 pm

    Hey, the Tigers have a real game going on. Seems like a long time, even if it’s only been a few days.

    • Tony de Florida

      September 4, 2017 at 3:30 pm

      Don’t be fooled by the nature of baseball. In 1962 the Mets lost 39 one run games out of 120. KC’s pitching is bad enough to keep us in it.

      • Smoking Loon

        September 4, 2017 at 4:10 pm

        Good point, Tony, but any sign of life is welcome. This has actually become like watching an expansion team.

  4. Jud

    September 4, 2017 at 3:36 pm

    Everyday Ian.. Quit a long time ago……

    • Tony de Florida

      September 4, 2017 at 3:43 pm

      Jud, I’m not sure he would purposely quit. But, even if he has why would you continue to run him out there day after day?

      • Jud

        September 4, 2017 at 6:28 pm

        Look at Kinslers body language.. He is just putting in his time.. Period.. When’s the last time he contributed a meaningful at bat… Last month sometime.. Maybe July!!!

  5. Tony de Florida

    September 4, 2017 at 3:39 pm

    Curley fries in KC?

  6. Smoking Loon

    September 4, 2017 at 4:12 pm

    No one’s quitting. They’re gonna lose, but I like it.

  7. Tony de Florida

    September 4, 2017 at 4:20 pm

    This Candelario guy can grow on me. Pressure for a new guy and he hits a line drive for a hit.

  8. Tony de Florida

    September 4, 2017 at 4:25 pm

    Hey with Miggy batting 3rd today the final would have been 7-3. Fell short but still some fun.

  9. Smoking Loon

    September 4, 2017 at 4:31 pm

    Ah, the beauty of a pitcher who can keep the ball down. Mikie was overmatched there, didn’t stand a chance.

    If the next 22 losses in September are just like this one, I would call that improvement. And if they win the October game just to spoil the consistency of a losing record every month, I will cry foul.

    • Coleman

      September 4, 2017 at 4:55 pm

      Mikie had a rough day–he did hit one over the fence, but Gordon caught it anyway.

  10. Jud

    September 4, 2017 at 6:25 pm

    7-6…I’m counting this as a win!…. Close enough!

  11. Coleman

    September 4, 2017 at 11:23 pm

    JD Martinez hit 4 out tonight against the Dodgers. We could use a guy like that in our lineup.

  12. helpmemakeitthrutheninth

    September 5, 2017 at 11:04 am

    Nice to see they found a position that Nick can
    excel at…. DH…

    • Tony de Florida

      September 5, 2017 at 5:26 pm

      Don’t give him a glove!

  13. Tony de Florida

    September 5, 2017 at 5:34 pm

    Great to see JD contribute to meaningful games. I’ve always liked JD because he was a “throw away” player the Tigers took a chance on and JD did everything he needed to do to make himself a top notch player. Who was the GM that said it was the biggest mistake he’d made in his career? If the Astros make it at least to the ALCS my guess is they will find a way to sign him at years end.