Sunday’s lineups: Tigers vs. Rangers

Victor Martinez gets another start at first base, allowing Miguel Cabrera to DH for the day game after a night game. Meanwhile, Tyler Collins gets a rare start against a lefty, giving Anthony Gose a rest with Cole Hamels on the mound.

On the Rangers side, Prince Fielder gets a day off against lefty Matt Boyd. Fielder was on the field Sunday morning with Derek Holland and other teammates for a round of football, complete with a University of Michigan helmet. Elvis Andrus also gets the day game off.

Gameday | TV: FS Detroit, MLB.TV | Radio: 97.1 FM, AM 1270, Gameday Audio

tigerhitterlogoTIGERS (career numbers off Hamels)

  1. Rajai Davis, CF
  2. Ian Kinsler, 2B (2-for-3)
  3. Miguel Cabrera, DH (6-for-8, 2 doubles, triple, 4 walks)
  4. Victor Martinez, 1B (2-for-11, walk, 2 K’s)
  5. J.D. Martinez, RF (1-for-3, double, K)
  6. Nick Castellanos, 3B
  7. James McCann, C
  8. Jose Iglesias, SS
  9. Tyler Collins, LF

P: Matt Boyd

trlogoRANGERS (numbers against Boyd)

  1. Delino DeShields, CF
  2. Shin-Soo Choo, RF (0-for-4, 2 K’s)
  3. Adrian Beltre, 3B (1-for-3, K)
  4. Mitch Moreland, 1B (1-for-3, HR)
  5. Mike Napoli, DH (0-for-0, walk)
  6. Rougned Odor, 2B (1-for-2, HR)
  7. Ryan Strausborger, LF
  8. Chris Gimenez, C
  9. Hanser Alberto, SS

P: Cole Hamels


DD finally got fired after two stupid trades, now it’s time for Asmus to go . He can’t manage at this level …So many times good starting pitching has been spoiled by taking them out for no reason ..I remember the day when pitch count didn’t matter .

Now Shane Greene has some kind of vascular problem in his right arm. May explain some things. The year 2015 is going to go down in Tigers history as the year everything went wrong.

Matt! Better keep that ball down today!

Did you ever think tiger’s pitchers would give up so many homers especially in this park?

Meanwhile tiger’s hitters letting Hamels off the hook in 1st 2 innings

After the home-run ball then Choo’s long fly to center, Boyd came off the mound mouthing the same thing: “gotta keep it down”!

A big HOO-RAH to Iggy for getting that run in from 3rd.

I sure would like to see Boyd far more aggressive against LHB. As a southpaw he should be salivating when he sees one coming to the plate but he seems, instead, tentative.

Wow! 2 ejections. What;s that all about?

Arguments about balls and strikes.

I’m the president of the Umps are morons club but this guy has been ok and those were strikes

They looked ok here on Gameday. Beltre was in the dugout. What’s he mouthing off for?

Two possible rallies died with Davis and Kinsler who both have stranded 4 runners now. Then Miggy leads off with a hit the next inning. Victor has really failed lately.

They are going to get stung badly. In 4 of the 5 innings, they have stranded 2 runners for a total of 8.

Doesn’t it seem like our players do back flips in order not to get hit by pitches yet a lot of hitters on other teams make zero effort

We continue to strand them …they have a guy (choo) with 2 strikes practically lunges to get hit. A bunt and another 2 strike hit.

Moreland kinda proved my point.
Boyd way too timid with 2 strikes on the LHB

Like I said…..stung. Now, is 1 run too much to overcome? Hamels is close to 100 pitches.

The “teeth of the order” as Mario said went pretty easily. Not so scary. ..and that lucky single by Vmart. ..who cares

Slim hope just moved to practically impossible with Hardy giving up the homer to Napoli.

Nice McCann

Another half asked series …..that’s the Tigers

Horrible @ Home

Half assed series.

My hope for a 2nd place finish and an above .500 record took a bad hit this weekend. It just doesn’t look like they can do that. They will be lucky to stay ahead of the White Sox and Indians. A last place finish like 2008 is a possibility but I can’t remember if 2008 was due to so many injuries or a “re-tooling.”

It was due to poor pitching and sucking.

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Texas manager fires up the team….we don’t see any fire here…It’s like o’well.
No fire brings zippo, and it shows. Good pitching efforts, no offense.

This is just my opinion(cause everyones got one) too much importance is put on the speed of the ball…how about trying smart pitching ….finesse….(cause you also
have the umpires who can screw a pitchers momentum because of his own feeling as to what the strike zone should be)…if only one can get into the head of a Whitty Ford, who was one of the smartest pitchers of our life time.

I agree. The young ones sometimes have that “heat” and it blows people away, but if there’s no movement on the ball, someone can hit it. I like location, location, location precision. A master at his craft.

We could use a RHB OFer. I would expect Wynton Bernard to get a call in September. The cat went 5 for 5 today.
Probably get a little Moya and wonder if Holliday will be available by then.
Blue Jays win big again and Yanks lose.

I forgot about Boyd starting. Tomorrow is Farmer Day; hope we score more than 2 runs for him. From 25 in two games to 9 in four. As Gomer used to say, “Shazam!”
Cannot figure this team out. Do think Boyd is a keeper. So if we get 20+ wins from Boyd and Norris next year,did we win the trade? You better believe it, especially if the Jays don’t keep Price.
Rajai has seen his better playing days in Detroit. With him and Avila gone next year, it is imperative to get a strong RH bat for left field. The rotation will be better next year, so if we could get flamethrowers for the 7th. and 8th. , we could be okay. Surely VMart will be fully recovered from his knee problem, and Nick has the solid year start to finish, then we should be competitive.
1. The McCann “knee” throw was as good as it gets.
2. Miggy keeps being Miggy. I think he’s being a little tentative with trying to blast the ball to left. Caution for the calf maybe.
3. The Dugout fighters come through for the big second run. Clutch from Igloo.
It’s a shame that we just can’t score more than two runs for our starters. I still see 24-15 to finish out the year to finish 83-79. Of course, remember that they let me out on weekends. Go Buck! Finally it’s Buck!

Boyd has potential. He really does need to develop a killer instict though and especially against LHB.
Farmer looks like a real competitor from what I have seen. We might have a very young rotation next year with the veterans being Ver and Sanchie. Would not be surprised to see Farmer or Fullmer make the club at the back end of the rotation.
Tigers need to start developing Jiminez more. I see his age peer is just disintigrating MLB hitters for Toronto (Osuna). Sometimes you just have to go with your talent and not coddle it.
Today was the last day (IMHO) for the Tigers to show that they may actually have a chance at the WC.

I had to work so missed the game but after yesterday’s game, my hope is gone. Some of them have already booked vacations for October. Some of them look happy they only have to play a few more weeks. Not all of them, but certainly some of them. I’m heartbroken that this will be an early end to the 2015 season and nothing but winter ahead. I’d hoped they’d show a little more oomph. I hope we have a new manager next year. Heading for Heartbreak Hotel and it’s only August. Even with all the injuries, something just isn’t right with this team.

The other thing I wanted to point out is that many of our players have not been hitting in the last month. McCann’s bat has really cooled off (not sure if he had any hits today, and has left the bases loaded numerous times. I love McCann’s defense, so I hope his dry spell at the plate ends soon. Some people have already crowned him captain, but the captain has to hit. I wish that mess with Iggy had never happened, because no one hustles to first base like Iggy.

I did watch the game. ..they blew it nobody could get the big hit they had several opportunities in the first half of game but nothing. Then they were just trying to get it over with it seems.
Interesting I hopped in the car right after game and I was listening to Dan and Jim on the radio and they are just at a loss why an offensive team like this seems to get shut down by mediocre to poor pitching (not including Hamels) but even so they had opportunities and couldn’t do anything. A lot of decent individual numbers but they were saying it just seems to be the wrong mix here.
Something is seriously wrong with this bunch.

The only thing wrong with this bunch is that graveyard of a ballpark they play in. Our hitters go with the pitch; they’re not pull hitters. With no real chance of hitting anything out in the gaps or to CF, I think they change their approach, even if it’s subconsciously. When a well hit ball up the middle can carry out it frees them up to attack the pitch where it’s located.
My opinion, anyway. Anybody else got something?

While I’m thinking about it, does anyone know of any team, ever, that made the postseason after being sellers at the deadline?

Baseball is an interesting game in which sequencing seems paramount. For example, the Pirates won the 1960 WS over the Yankees 4 games to 3.The Pirates scored only 27 runs to 55 by the Yankees, who had single game scores of 16, 12, 10 and 9 runs. AND the Yankees twice shut out the Pirates.Yet things just fell into place for the Pirates at the right time, culminating in a 10-9 victory in the series final.

if the manager doesn’t have the fire and desire to win….neither does team as a whole.
good example of desire and fire is Paul Molitor of the Twins…The team plays that way…and they were not supposed to be where they are…The Tigers were the
team that was supposed to win…Ausmus might of been a good ballplayer, but that’s where it ends…again, that’s my opinion.

On the other hand, if there had been less injuries and more baseball luck, Brad would probably be hailed for his quiet leadership.

I agree with fire and desire. Even when Brad comes out to argue with umps I don’t see the emotion one would expect. Brad looks like he is doing a scripted part because it is expected. Maybe he just needs a few scars on his face to look the part, he is just too pretty to look like he means business.

OK baseball experts; anyway they cut it they can’t argue with the facts:
Time for JD to get fully recognized

Read what some of the players around MLB have to say about clubhouse chemistry. Very interesting.

Very interesting Kathy. I guess Bob Nightingale is not James Leyland’s pen name.

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