Game 2015: 159-161

Well, here we are, the last handful of games.  This season certainly didn’t turn out the way anyone expected, but that’s baseball. In other parts of the baseball universe, there is still a playoff race going on. Houston has pulled back into the 2nd wild card spot, and still has an outside chance at the division. And the Angels and Twins (Twins!) are both within one game of Houston...
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6 days ago  |  Discuss

Game 2015.156-158: Tigers at Rangers

If you need a reminder of how a manager can galvanize a team and what that can mean to a W-L record, look no further that the Texas Rangers. This team was written off by everyone, trust me, everyone, in May. Now the Rangers are strong favorites to win the division. And on the other side of the diamond the Tigers are bringing back Brad Ausmus. Goodness. Here’s a picture of Verlander...
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9 days ago  |  Discuss

Say What??

Al Avila says Ausmus is back. Lynn Henning tweet 3:46 pm. Followed shortly by the official club statement from Al Avila:
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12 days ago  |  Discuss

Game 2015.153-155: Twins at Tigers

It’s the home stretch, and the last home series. 9 left to go. The Twins can stay alive for a wild card with a sweep. The next series, at Texas, could be very big…for Texas. There is a game 162 that will not be played this season. It would be nice to see JD make it to #40. Jim Leyland with some nice words about Yogi Berra.
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13 days ago  |  Discuss

Game 2015.149-152: White Sox at Tigers

Iglesias may be done for the season. I’d shut him down. Slow down Miggy as well.
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17 days ago  |  Discuss

Game 2015.146-148: Royals at Tigers

There was a point this season where many of us might have had this three-game home series pencilled in as a huge series. Luckily, it was in pencil.
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19 days ago  |  Discuss

Games 2015.143-145: Tigers at Twins

Key Series for the Twins as they are 1 game behind Texas for the 2nd wild card spot. Texas starts a 4 game set with the Astros, only 2 games behind the ‘Stros for the division. September baseball is fun for other teams. Tonight’s lineup: 1. CF Anthony Gose 2. 2B Ian Kinsler 3. 1B Miguel Cabrera 4. RF J.D. Martinez 5. DH Victor Martinez 6. 3B Nick Castellanos 7. LF Steven Moya...
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23 days ago  |  Discuss

Game 2015.142: Tigers at Indians

Today’s Let’s Play Two Lineup: Rajai Davis, CF Tyler Collins, LF Miguel Cabrera, DH JD Martinez, RF Victor Martinez, 1B Nick Castellanos, 3B Alex Avila, C Dixon Machado, SS Andrew Romine, 2B
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25 days ago  |  Discuss

Game 2015.141: Tigers at Indians

it looked like it was time for this season to quietly fade away, then start something different for next season. It got a little noisier yesterday though, with multiple reports that the decision has already been made to fire Brad Ausmus. He is pre-fired, in other words. Which makes the last few weeks of the season rather awkward. Chris McCosky (Detroit News) tweeted that the planned...
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26 days ago  |  Discuss

Game 2015.140: Tigers at Indians

OK Alfredo, we’re going to give you a little more sauce every scoreless inning you pitch (yes, I know that’s not Alfredo sauce. Don’t be so pedantic). I seem to get all the Alfredo Simon starts. I’ll try the lucky pasta picture again. It is likely that tonight Simon will throw a shutout. it is also likely he will give up 6 runs in the first 3 innings. A solid, 3-4 run start...
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27 days ago  |  Discuss

Game 2015.139: Rays at Tigers

1. Anthony Gose, CF 2. Ian Kinsler, 2B 3. Miguel Cabrera, DH 4. J.D. Martinez, RF 5. Nick Castellanos, 3B 6. Tyler Collins, LF 7. Jefry Marte, 1B 8. Alex Avila, C 9. Dixon Machado, SS
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28 days ago  |  Discuss

Game 2015.138: Rays at Tigers

The only suspense left in the season is whether the Tigers can improve their draft position. Fun fact: hitters are batting .417 off of Matt Boyd when he’s ahead in the count. Career numbers off Erasmo Ramirez Anthony Gose, CF (1-for-3, walk, K) Ian Kinsler, 2B (1-for-5, double, walk, K) Miguel Cabrera, 1B J.D. Martinez, RF Nick Castellanos, DH James McCann, C Dixon Machado, SS...
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29 days ago  |  Discuss

Game 2015.137: Rays at Tigers

In year’s past I planned my Labor Day around the game. Career numbers off Drew Smyly Rajai Davis, LF (0-for-1, K) Ian Kinsler, 2B (3-for-7, HR, walk, K) Miguel Cabrera, 1B J.D. Martinez, RF Nick Castellanos, DH James McCann, C Dixon Machado, SS Andrew Romine, 3B Anthony Gose, CF
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September 07, 2015  |  Discuss

Game 2015.136: Indians at Tigers

Alfredo “Big Pasta” Simon has now earned the “enigmatic” description. Apparently all he does is throw either batting practice, or shutouts. It is easy to find a reason to watch today: Justin Verlander, who continues to impress. Verlander’s 2nd half numbers now sit at at 2.45 ERA, and a stingy 0.930, numbers which would put him in the Cy Young conversation if he had had...
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September 06, 2015  |  Discuss

Game 2015.135: Indians at Tigers

I’m taking the over tonight. I predict Brantley runs wild. Last 2 starts for Simon: 14 earned runs in 9.1 innings. I want Suarez back! Gose isn’t happy with his base running: “my mouth has written checks my butt can’t cash.” +2 for Anthony Gose. -2 for anyone who doesn’t know he is doing anything wrong. Ausmus is getting more and more bold. He says he might sit Victor...
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September 05, 2015  |  Discuss

Game 2015.134: Indians at Tigers

Corey Kluber was supposed to pitch tonight, then Cleveland realized oh wait, it’s only the Tigers, so they switched to Josh Tomlin (actually, Kluber has a hamstring strain. That’s the story anyway). Reason to follow this game: the much-anticipated return of The Lobster, Kyle Lobstein. OK, “much-anticipated” may be a small exaggeration. A guy named Kyle pitched for a while...
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September 04, 2015  |  Discuss

Game 2015.133: Tigers at Royals

Michigan plays tonight! 1. Anthony Gose, CF 2. Ian Kinsler, 2B 3. Miguel Cabrera, 1B 4. J.D. Martinez, RF 5. Victor Martinez, DH 6. Nick Castellanos, 3B 7. Tyler Collins, LF 8. James McCann, C 9. Jose Iglesias, SS
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September 03, 2015  |  Discuss

Game 2015.132: Tigers at Royals

JV is getting into a groove. The defenses miscues are troubling. Lots of guys look like they have checked out. 1. Anthony Gose, CF 2. Ian Kinsler, 2B 3. Miguel Cabrera, 1B 4. J.D Martinez, RF 5. Victor Martinez, DH 6. Nick Castellanos, 3B 7. Tyler Collins, LF 8. Jose Iglesias, SS 9. Alex Avila, C
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September 02, 2015  |  Discuss

Game 2015.131: Tigers at Royals

Hello Friends - There are still 32 games left for the Tigers to sink further into the depths of the AL standings. I don’t think there is anything that Ausmus can do to save his job at this point in time. JV on the hill tonight. That’s something at least worth following. 1. CF Anthony Gose 2. 2B Ian Kinsler 3. 1B Miguel Cabrera 4. RF J.D. Martinez 5. DH Victor Martinez 6. 3B Nick...
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September 01, 2015  |  Discuss

Game 2015.130: Tigers at Blue Jays

Well, yesterday’s game was about as ugly as it gets. Edwin Encarnacion had 3 home runs and 9 RBI, which is about a month’s work for Victor Martinez. Which is not to say today couldn’t be just as bad: last outing Aflredo Simon dispelled the mirage he created when he through a 1-hit shutout, and was banged around for 8 runs in 4 innings. The Blue Jays may be having a big plate...
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August 30, 2015  |  Discuss

Game 2015.129: Tigers at Blue Jays

Today Buck Farmer takes his turn at trying to keep the Blue Jays in the yard. This lineup is truly potent, as opposed to the “potent” Tigers offense that Rod Allen is always talking about. The Tigers have leadoff hitters who can’t get on base and a cleanup hitter who can’t hit in runs, but hey, other than that they are fine. When David Price made his last start fort the Tigers...
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August 29, 2015  |  Discuss

Game 2015.128: Tigers at Blue Jays

Matt Boyd returns to Toronto, and takes on his former team, as does Anthony Gose. David Price is there, and not doubt will be renewing acquaintances, but we won’t see him pitching this series. Justin Verlander’s near no-hitter was a tough act to follow, but crafty veteran Randy Wolf did a pretty good job of it. He has now had two good outings, which is probably as much or more...
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August 28, 2015  |  Discuss

Game 2015.127: Angels at Tigers

I wish I had more time to give JV his full due, and to apologize in part for some things I may have said earlier this year…but I doubt he’s reading. But you know who is…billfer. Check out his thoughtful post on JV this morning. 1. Ian Kinsler, 2B 2. Tyler Collins, LF 3. Miguel Cabrera, 1B 4. Victor Martinez, DH 5. J.D. Martinez, RF 6. Nick Castellanos, 3B 7. Alex Avila, C...
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August 27, 2015  |  Discuss

JV Reminds Detroit Baseball is Fun

The 2015 Detroit Tigers season will go down as a failure. A constant stream of faint hope drowned by a deluge of disappointment. At a point in the season when most of us are watching games with a detached interest, just passing the time until football season starts or classically “waiting ’til next year” Justin Verlander gave us a reason to care again. What might have been...
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August 27, 2015  |  Discuss

Game 2015.126: Angels at Tigers

Only 36 games to go. If the Tigers go 36-0 they likely won’t win the division. Btw, we’re in last place. LAST PLACE. 1. LF Rajai Davis 2. 2B Ian Kinsler 3. 1B Miguel Cabrera 4. DH Victor Martinez 5. RF J.D. Martinez 6. 3B Nick Castellanos 7. C James McCann 8. SS Jose Iglesias 9. CF Anthony Gose
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August 26, 2015  |  Discuss
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