Thursday’s lineups: Tigers vs. Royals

Alex Avila gets his first start behind the plate since July 27 (two starts ago for Anibal Sanchez) as the Tigers put together a lefty-balanced lineup for Yordano Ventura. Andrew Romine shifts over to first base, while Tyler Collins gets the start in left.

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tigerpitcherlogoTIGERS (career numbers against Ventura)

  1. Anthony Gose, CF (1-for-2, walk, K)
  2. Jose Iglesias, SS
  3. Ian Kinsler, 2B (4-for-6, double)
  4. Victor Martinez, DH (2-for-5, walk, K)
  5. J.D. Martinez, RF (2-for-5, double, walk, K)
  6. Tyler Collins, LF
  7. Nick Castellanos, 3B (1-for-7, K)
  8. Alex Avila, C (0-for-3, walk, 2 K’s)
  9. Andrew Romine, 1B (1-for-3, K)

P: Anibal Sanchez

royalsbigrlogoROYALS (career numbers off Sanchez)

  1. Alcides Escobar, SS (8-for-25, HR, 4 K’s)
  2. Ben Zobrist, LF (3-for-19, 3 walks, K)
  3. Lorenzo Cain, CF (4-for-20)
  4. Eric Hosmer, 1B (8-for-29, 3 doubles, 2 K’s)
  5. Kendrys Morales, DH (3-for-12, 2 doubles, 2 walks, 3 K’s)
  6. Mike Moustakas, 3B (3-for-18, 2 doubles, 3 walks, 5 K’s)
  7. Alex Rios, RF (2-for-11, double, walk, 4 K’s)
  8. Omar Infante, 2B (6-for-30, walk, 3 K’s)
  9. Drew Butera, C (0-for-2)

P: Yordano Ventura


Forgetfullness. It gets us all. Even the young ones like Brad are prone to its deleterious effects.
Brad forgot a lot this year. Things like:
How to use the running game after the solid “running start”.
How Joba pitched in the 8th innings at the end of last year.
How to put a medical leash on VMart’s training.
Al Albuerquerque.
That James McCann was a better catcher and option than the GM’s son.
That Rajai needs to be replaced defensively.
That Gose and Rajai were supposed to be late-inning pinch-running threats to pressure opposing defenses.
That the ‘law of averages” does not necessarily apply to minor-league call-ups in the bullpen.
That even though Leonardo DaVinci was left-handed does not mean he would have been a major -league pitcher.
That he was ultimately responsible for making the line-up AND the club-house “work”.

Love that word deleterious Dan.

Seriously Anibal. …….bases loaded walk. Long term pitching contracts. ….he along with most of the long term contracts around here are proving to be bad. Verlander, Anibal, Vmart and possibly Miguel with being injured a lot. in the last three years.

Yes, makes you want to go with the kids like so many other teams have done…..

Victor Martinezzzzzzzzzzzz!!!! New life for you Sanchez!

I did not think that ball was going out by Victor. ..

I see you Victor!!!!

Nice bunt by Gose

can VMart hit another to make it a curly fry game?

Victor making up for lost time

Whoa! Nice way to break out, Victor. 2 HR’s.

Looking good, fellas! Go Tigers!

spoke too soon. Need a DP.

Oh boy Sanchez losing it….whew hot out of it

A HR to a .188 hitter, Anibal gone and now Feliz may blow it.

I get so tired of the same story every day. And do you really think we can score off their pen. End result will be a loss. This is the Dombrowski legacy; from Troy Percival to Neftali Feliz.

$anchez and Ver$ander can’t pitch well. Norris and Boyd win games. Go figure.

Kinsler gave him a battle. 11 pitches @ 96-97-98 mph. VMart strikes out on a 100 mph pitch. Will this Herrera go the way of Zumaya eventually?

25th HR by Sanchez and the BP can’t hold on. Despite a couple of welcome starts by the rookies, some things look like they will remain the same.

I go back to my forgetfullness post. Where is and why do we have Al Alburqueque?
This is a guy who has somehow marginalized himself in Detroit simply by being, at times, unhittable, pretty consistent, and a workhorse. Yet every frigging RHP that this club brings up or obtains gets preference.
Again-Ausmus goes to Feliz who has a history (previous, I might add) of prior success in other years, but not this one. Meanwhile, Everyday Al has become Neveryday Al.

That was .188 Butera’s FIRST HR this season? Shameful, Anibal. Then Feliz? More evidence of BA’s bullpen handling.

Had to run an errand only to come home and find out the pitching staff is still completely incompetent

Great at bat Romine.

The home run ball has been the story of Anibal’s season really.
Can’t see Wilson getting by Hosmer who is so hot

The 18 RBIs by Gose will tell you all you need to know about him being a clutch hitter.

Agreed. Not sure who is left on the bench but would have liked to see someone else in that spot for sure.

Man on third, one out. Nothing. Romine a total waste. Cant blame Ausbot 3000 for Romine. Good idea, had to squeeze, have to convert. But could have maybe pinch hit for Gose too?

Gotta throw him a good slier down and in

He did but missed! Damn

This team metally exhausts me. They just can’t ever get it together. Nobody is consistent. Good one tI’m not the next. There literally is nobody who you can count on.

Just do NOT bring in Krol

Who do they bring in they all are unreliable?

Here’s Alex Wilson’s day to destroy

Bases loaded. Do you have that sinking feeling?

As to Herrera going the way of Zoom, — last I noticed Herrera at least has a brain.

Send us home happy, Tigers!!!

After the histrionics of the top of the 9th the Baseball Gods most certainly are going to favour the Tigers in the bottom of the 9th. But the Gods do require some involvement on the mortals to participate in the opportunity.

If not for Castellanos, this games was over

BTW: before the trades , theTigers had one of the youngest roster in MLB. KC one of the oldest

BTW, we gotta give Kinsler a lot of credit for hustling out two possible DP balls and give Victor the chance to pound two out.

Big weight on Alex’s shoulders. He holds it.

There we go!!!!


I am eating crow and enjoying every bite!

I am having a Strohs and enjoying every oz . Holy Cow a walk off !!!!!

Take that DD, our team says it’s not over!!!
Thanks Tigers for not giving up.

Ian!!!!!!! The man is in the zone. Alex gets the W. How do you like them apples KC? I’ll answer for you. Not so much……….

Ian “The Ianigma” Kinsler!! But full marks to Iggy for coming out swinging there in the 9th.

Same old stupid crappy underachieving Royals……

Still owners of the Central

Great win! Ian, Iggy and Wilson saved VMart’s 5 rbi’s.

Still eating crow; most enjoyable of the year. Finally, we win against the Royals after the seventh inning. It seems Sanchez is pitching in two different games within a game; he’s bad, he rights the ship well, and then falters again. I do wish he could get back to solid seven outings again. The last 25 days have shown us how important Cabby is in the lineup, whether he hits or not. Without him, we find ourselves in situations without viable options. Today’s game was a great example of that, re Romine and Gose in the 8th. You have to pinch run, Rags instead of batting him later.
But all teams have to play through the injuries. I just believe that we would have won several more games with Miggy in than not, and that’s with all other things the same. Just my opinion.
1. Ian’s all around desire to win today; the 11 pitch AB, the hustle down the line, and especially the tater at the end.
2. Rondon’s second good outing in a row.
3. Wilson comes through under pressure.
Mega Kudos to Victor, Igloo, and of course Ian. The most horrible stat IMO was the 9 walks given to the Royals. Can’t believe we overcame that.
Crow anyone? It’s wonderful tonight.

Nobody has to eat crow unless they order it from the menu.

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Ian “Squirrel” Kinsler!!

I Love this string of posts! One of the things I despise about metrix mindsets is the insistence on their part that winning comes before positive clubhouse mind sets. BS I humbly assert! And this team is proving it. So my friends, I say there is a reason that mlb does not look at the sheets and say, “A young Lefty just traded against Johnny C…No Cespedes…No Miggy… No DD…. No contest!”‘ Cancel the game.” I would Love to hear Iggy, Kinsler, McCann,JD, etc. be able to speak their minds when someone says, “These guys don’t have it. We’re gonna sell off all the REAL talent, and scout our own team for next year.” Or the twitter traffic of the Royals players talking about how weird it’s going to be to play a crappy Tigers team. Pretty sure they call it fuel. As I listened to the game while at work, I felt an attitude of here we go again creeping in. Do you know what KC’s record is when they are tied or leading after the 7th? Pretty sure the boys we’re thinking THEY…The Tigers, were the team to beat. Hang the metrix… Yeah Tigs!

at this time of season, they’ve got to count on the vets. these guys have only so many shots at the postseason left in their careers. if anyone has a sense of urgency, it should be them (Kinsler, VMartinez, Davis, Verlander, Sanchez, Simon)

Greg, I hear road kill crow tastes just like chicken. Left out in the sun for a while will naturally tenderize. The secret’s in the preparation. That squirrel….well I won’t say. Larry, the comebacker Strohs line was too funny. All in the timing.

Unless that’s Wade Miley for Boston Saturday, I don’t recognize any of this weekend’s Red Sox starters. How is that possible in this day and age of ESPN?

That and last place are the unavoidable consequences of their policy of no long term contracts for 30 YO pitchers.
And their best known pitcher ,for us , is hidden on DL

With Strasburg’s return from the DL, Doug Fister has been moved to long relief.

Given Fister’s injuries and relative decline in performance, maybe DD did move him at the right time. The issue of his return from the trade nevertheless remains.

Yeah. If the return had even a little more value it may have been seen as one of DD’s steals. Oh well, maybe Krol magically turns into a lights out lefty. And I magically get 30 years younger.

Fister 2014:16 -6 2.41.CYA-8.4.5 WAR
1-0 0.00 in his game during the NLDS
Im sure the Nats have no regrets.He is coming from injury and the Nats cant go with a 6 pitchers rotation
Probably, he wil take a one year contract to rebuild his value

If Fister is healthy at the end of season, I would look at the opportunity to sign him for 1 year and hope he does build his value. He’s making $11.4m/yr in 2015. I don’t know how many more starts Norris & Boyd have in their arms this season. There will be many FA SP’s this off season but, most will command $16M – $25M/yr. Already have JV is at $28/yr & Anibal at $16m/yr.

This is a pretty good article about Ausmus-McCann and game preparation. Nothing earth shaking, but a nice read on some inside baseball.

I’m impressed.

In 2015, 31-year old Fister has started 15 games. His record is only 4-7 and he is sporting an ERA of 4.60 with a WHIP of 1.42. I wonder what kind of money he can demand given his age, recent injuries and diminished performance. To me, Fister looks like more of a gamble than a sure thing.

Really enjoyed last nights game. For whatever reason, I am more excited about this season NOW, than I was a week ago.

Me too, Evan. I keep looking back to the Royals last year. If The Tigers can grab a wild card spot anything is possible.

I have long said, this organization is at it’s best when it is the underdog.

Thinking back, in early August of 1995(?) the Mariners were 11 games down to the Angels in third place with a sub .500 record. They rallied and finished in a tie for first with the Angels and then beat them in the playoff game. Rex Hudler has looked back on that season (he was then an Angel) and opined it kept the organization in Seattle and got their new park built.

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