Game 2015.46: Tigers at Athletics

Well, and here I thought having Dixon Machado called up would mean that we’d be spared the awe-inspiring sight of Hernan Perez at the plate for a while. A lot of us have been saying that Ian Kinsler could really use a day off (he was 1-for-Houston, with a number of cringe-worthy strikeouts), so Brad Ausmus is giving the day off to…Miguel Cabrera, who just went 2-for-4 with a...
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Game 2015.45: Astros at Tigers

This 2 runs or less thing is getting really old, really fast. Losing today and splitting the series would feel like losing the series to me. Sanchez has more bad starts than quality starts this year. Lobstein to the DL with “sore shoulder” (wth?); Iglesias is day-to-day. 1. Gose, CF 2. Kinsler, 2B 3. Cabrera, 3B 4. Martinez JD, DH 5. Cespedes, LF 6. Castellanos, 3B 7. Davis,...
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Game 2105.44: Astros at Tigers

Good win last night. Check that, great win. The Tigers got another outstanding start from Simon – 7 IP, 4 H, 1 BB, 5 K, 0 ER, JD Martinez hit a 3 run bomb (how many of those have there been this year?, and the bullpen went 6 up and 6 down. JD Martinez is now hitting .405 over his last 10 games with 15 hits, 2 HR and 5 RBI. Whatever funk he was in, he’s out. So the Tigers are...
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Game 2015.43: Astros at Tigers

Better late than never. Go Tigers.
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Game 2015.42: Astros at Tigers

Nick Castellanos had his biggest hit of the season last night, a slicing line drive with the bases juiced in the 8th inning. Castellanos was credited with a triple and showed a ton of emotion standing on third, rightfully so. It was a huge moment for a team that sorely needed a big hit. (Let’s be clear, the RF took an awful angle, but it would have driven in at least 2 in any event...
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Game 2015.41: Brewers at Tigers

Short and sweet for the win. We’re not gonna get swept at home, by the Brewers, are we? Baseball Reference game preview here. 1. Gose, CF 2. Kinsler, 2B 3. Cabrera, 1B 4. Martinez J.D., RF 5. Cespedes, LF 6. Collins, DH 7. Castellanos, 3B 8. McCann, C 9. Iglesias, SS
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Game 2015.40: Brewers at Tigers

(doesn’t he look injured in the pic above?) Victor Martinez and his inability to hit left handed (against right handed pitching) has been the most popular Tiger topic as of late. He’s in a massive slump (let’s hope it’s a slump), and looked downright awful in two key late inning game-tying/go-ahead situations over the past two nights. He weakly grounded out to 3rd on Sunday...
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Game 2015.39: Brewers at Tigers

This one really snuck up on me…go Tigers. (I loved that bunt that Kinsler laid down last night. He’s such a ballplayer.) Baseball-Reference game preview here. Davis in LF tonight, Cespedes with the night off. 1. Gose, CF 2. Kinsler, 2B 3. Cabrera, 1B 4. Martinez V, DH 5. Martinez J.D., RF 6. Davis, LF 7. Castellanos, 3B 8. McCann, C 9. Iglesias, SS  
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Game 2015.38: Tigers at Cardinals

Miguel Cabrera went deep last night for the 3rd consecutive game, this one his milestone 400th, although there was a long wait before he could be sure the game would finish and his home run count. It did, earning Cabrera congratulations–and awe–from his teammates and fans alike. It wouldn’t be for another hour and a half before the first inning finished and much later than...
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Game 2015.37: Tigers at Cardinals

So are the Tigers (in other words Miguel Cabrera) over their night game funk? It certainly seems like it after last night. On the other hand, other than Gose and Cespedes the bats seemed to be full of NyQuil until the 7th inning, so maybe it was more a St. Louis Blowpen issue than kicking the night-game stupor. At any rate, it’s incredible how often that scenario happens: Cabrera...
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9 days ago  |  Discuss

Game 2015.36: Tigers at Cardinals

The Tigers tried something a little different yesterday (no, I don’t mean scoring run, although that too) and it worked: going with both Davis and Gose in the outfield, resting Victor Martinez and letting JD bat 4th, and giving Holaday his first start all worked like a charm, and the Tigers pulled out the series win. Gose and Davis combined for 7-for-10 with a double and triple...
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Game 2015.35: Twins at Tigers

Another lackluster offensive performance coupled with a brilliant bullpen performance (which means that Lobstein got drilled) led to a 6-2 loss last night. The Tigers are now 13-14 since starting 7-0. jud made the comment last night that the Tigers have now scored 2 runs or less in 9 out of their last 15 games. That is alarming. And he posted some scary low night game batting averages...
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Game 2015.34: Twins at Tigers

A few quick updates: - Avila doesn’t need surgery, but no timetable for a return, yet. - Verlander felt good after throwing 25 pitches yesterday, no news yet today, which is presumably good. Ricky Nolasco v. Lobstein tonight. 1. Gose, CF 2. Kinsler, 2B 3. Cabrera, 1B 4. Martinez V, DH 5. Martinez J.D., RF 6. Cespedes, LF 7. Castellanos, 2B 8. McCann, C 9. Iglesias, SS
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Game 2015.33: Twins at Tigers

Ausmus’ questionable managing decisions on Sunday night, when all the Baseball world was watching on ESPN, made him the target of a lot of stories on yesterday’s off day. Never where you want to be if you’re the manager. Typically, the Detroit media didn’t really criticize Ausmus, but rather simply brought the issue to light. I only regularly read two sets of sportswriters...
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13 days ago  |  Discuss

Game 2015.32: Royals at Tigers

Tonight the Tigers look to bounce back after a lackluster loss in the rubber game of the three-game series against the division-leading Kansas City Royals. That is if the weather permits–there is a 68% chance of rain predicted for game time. A rainout might not be the worst thing that ever happened: a perplexing and perhaps perplexed Shane Greene will have to keep the Royals under...
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Game 2015.31: Royals at Tigers

Yesterday’s game was looking like it was going to be a reverse of the series in Kansas City, with the Tigers opening up with a blowout, but it turned into a close game with an unusual and exciting finish. After Gose led off the inning with a double, Ian Kinsler laid down the perfect bunt to advance him to 3rd, but and ill-advised throw to first went astray, and Gose scampered home...
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16 days ago  |  Discuss

Game 2015.30: Royals at Tigers

Well, here we are, the 2nd big Tigers-Royals series of the season. The last time they played the Royals crushed the Tigers the first two games, then the Tigers valiantly saved a series split behind great pitching by Price and Sanchez. And guess what? The way the rotation lines up the Tigers lead off with Price and Sanchez, so I’m looking for a better start to this series. It...
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Game 2015.29: Tigers at White Sox

And so the Blowpen, that creature that was almost starting to seem like a myth,  rears its ugly head. In retrospect, you could see this coming by the third inning. Simon was holding off the White Sox, but very inefficiently, up to 60 pitches before he got the 2nd out of the inning. Clearly this was going to be a game where the bullpen would be a factor. Unfortunately, in Tuesday’s...
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Game 2015.28: Tigers at White Sox

The Tigers wasted a chance to jump on a struggling White Sox team last night, as a leadoff run and a fielder-assisted home run by Alex Avila was all the offense they could muster. Shane Greene struggled again, but the bullpen picked him up with 5 sharp scoreless innings; however, the Tigers never really offered a threat. They say hitting is contagious; apparently slumping is also...
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Game 2015.27: Tigers at White Sox

The Tigers looked like they were heading for a losing series in Kansas City, until a complete game gem by David Price and 5 innings or perfect game to start Sunday’s game by Anibal Sanchez led them back to what turned out to be a satisfying series split. Hopefully the day off didn’t cool any momentum the Tigers had, and if momentum in baseball is really your next game’s starter...
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Game 2014.26: Tigers at Royals

David Price responded in true ace form yesterday, with a 5 hit masterpiece that was 1 out from being a complete game shutout. KC fans went nuts after Cain hit a bomb to trim the lead to 2-1 in the bottom of the 9th, but Price responded by striking out Hosmer in 4 pitches. It was a desperately need win b/c the prospects of being swept in a 4 game series against what looks to be our...
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Game 2014.25: Tigers at Royals

We’re gonna win one, right? It’s time for David Price to step up and be the ace that he’s paid to be. The Tigers made the game interesting last night with a couple of baserunners in the 9th inning, but fell short again to the mighty Royals. After starting the season 7-0, the Tigers are now 8-9 in their last 17. Incredibly, Price doesn’t have much history against the Royals...
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Game 2014.24: Tigers at Royals

The Royals sure did assert themselves early and often last night, as the back two of the Tigers rotation has now taken successive beatings for the first time all season. Key words there being first time. There is a reason why Greene and Simon are at the back of our rotation, so games like yesterday will happen from time to time. I’m curious to see how the Tigers respond tonight...
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Game 2015.23: Tigers at Royals

Breaking news, Shane Greene is not perfect. I repeat, he is not perfect. But on some nights, Miguel Cabrera is. If you haven’t watched the Cabrera HRs from yesterday, you gotta see them on MLB videos here.  The first one was crushed to the second deck, and then he followed that up with a no-doubter to straightaway center. They were awesome to watch. While you’re on that video...
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Game 2015.22: Tigers at Twins

It wasn’t cold last night, and the Tigers didn’t hit into a bunch of double plays or leave a dozen men on base. The latest winning streak came to an end because last night Cy Pelfrey baffled the Tigers to the tune of only 3 hits and 6 total base runners. Was this the first “tip your cap” game of the season? Although with no Jim Leyland around there was nobody to literally...
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