Saturday’s lineups: Tigers vs. Astros

The catching rotation turns back to James McCann tonight against Mike Fiers, who has allowed 13 runs over 14 innings in his last three starts but has been the beneficiary of 26 runs’ worth of support. He allowed four runs over 5 2/3 innings in a 5-4 win over the Tigers on April 17 in Houston.

Alex Bregman continues his quest for his first Major League hit. He’s 0-for-13 since being called up for his big-league debut on Monday.

Gameday | TV: Fox Sports Detroit, MLB.TV | Radio: 97.1 FM, MLB Gameday Audio

84tigerslogoTIGERS (career numbers on Fiers)

  1. Ian Kinsler, 2B (2-for-8, HR, walk, K)
  2. Cameron Maybin, CF (3-for-9, double, HR, K)
  3. Miguel Cabrera, 1B (2-for-8, double, triple, walk, K)
  4. Victor Martinez, DH (2-for-9)
  5. Nick Castellanos, 3B (0-for-5, 2 K’s)
  6. Justin Upton, LF (0-for-4, 2 walks, K)
  7. Tyler Collins, RF (2-for-3, double)
  8. James McCann, C (1-for-2)
  9. Jose Iglesias, SS (1-for-6, walk)

P: Justin Verlander

astrosoldlogoASTROS (career numbers vs. Verlander)

  1. George Springer, RF (4-for-6, HR, 2 K’s)
  2. Preston Tucker, DH (1-for-6, K)
  3. Jose Altuve, 2B (4-for-8, double, walk)
  4. Carlos Correa, SS (1-for-3, 3 walks, K)
  5. Colby Rasmus, LF (2-for-14, double, 2 walks, K)
  6. Alex Bregman, 3B
  7. Tyler White, 1B (1-for-3, HR, K)
  8. Jason Castro, C (0-for-9, walk, 6 K’s)
  9. Jake Marisnick, CF

P: Mike Fiers


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For crying out loud!

Great 8 innings followed up by a crappy 9th.. has only himself to blame

OMG, what a game. Get off the field. They want a replay.

What a thrilling game!!!!!!!

Heck yeah

It was a good riveting game all along but the final inning was great. Verlander for the 9th or K-Rod? I’d have had to have been in the dugout to make that decision. Glad it worked out. Got more of that house money now.

Nice win after it went south in the top of the ninth . Good teams win close games .

Hey JV, the team had your back. Great win….again!!!!

Remember my warning from Thursday’s Blog. We had to win the first two against the Stros. Well, we did, and the Pelfry Effect goes into full operation tomorrow. I going to lower my over/under from last start’s 7, and put it at five, which is what Boston scored off of him. Beyond that, I can dream of a possible second in a row sweep. Don’t you love baseball. Score 14 runs the night before and win, then have to score two with two out to win the next night, both events happened. Great entertaining game from start to finish. Re Verlander in the 9th, I go with JV; he’s leading us to the big show; let him show the way. Wow, what a gem; the guy’s era has fallen a full run in the last month.
He has that chip on the shoulder confidence, without being arrogant. Wins like this encourage me more and more every day: So three things to really like about this game(not always the factors leading to wins):
1. Tyler Collins AB’s; seems like the bird flipping and eating of humble pie, have made him a much more disciplined hitter.
2.The McCann single off of a really tough RHP.
3. The Mayburn Energy Syndrome; has become contagious and really lends credence to the batting order.
Kudos to JV, Iggy, and Upton for his speed; Through all of his down numbers this year, it is easy to forget that he is an above average base runner. Also worked that critical walk in the ninth. Team has really hung tight, especially without Julio, Z, and Norris. Big Mike, I hope you pitch the game of your life tomorrow.

I keep saying Mayburn; apologies to Mr. Maybin/

Yeah, you’d have to spell it Maburn. 🙂

Past seasons, Tigs would never have scored tonight.
The hussle on display and the belief starting to show is palpable.

It looks like Lucroy and Miller are headed to the Indians. This could force the Tigers to resume efforts at acquiring a decent Starter.

But who will they try and get ? What starter fits in their budget ?

Hellickson, Santiago, someone from the Rays staff maybe. Or they could pass and go waiver wire.

Looks like the Indians are dead serious about trying to win it.
Tigers HAVE to make a move

El Tigre. Can you let us know if you are doing all right?

Dan, does El Tigre live in Venezuela? I can’t remember, but I think he does. He occasionally takes vacations, but this is a long time for him to disappear from the Blog.

Personally, given the current state of the Tiger farm system, I would hate to see us give up any credible prospects for a #3 or #4 caliber SP. We have enough of them already. So a “no” for a Hellickson or Santiago or any such “Pelfrey” types that may be out there. May as well go with Boyd; Norris; Greene. (who IMO could actually “fix” the rotation). The problem would be another gaping hole in a very unstable bullpen.

If we could get a younger #1 or #2 type then by all means consider what is being offered.

It would have been cool to get Andrew Miller back to join Cameron Maybin to the team he was traded from for the guy that changed the franchise!

Marty made a great point about the offensive production that our catchers have contributed this year. Combined they have hit some big Homers and big RBIs. And with James you have a controllable asset that is obviously only going to get better with age.

I am not a big Collins fan but the guy is playing really good baseball right now.

This team did not let the disappointment of Chicago keep them down. That is a definite sign of a team that believes in itself.

Oh, and Nick and Ian need to shorten their swings up a bit.

Lucroy and Miller to the Indians? Wow, they went all in, didn’t they. Kinda scary to me.

Sounds like Lucroy has changed his mind. May stay with the brew crew.

Vetoed it, for various reasons.

Mike PelTrey pitching today.

Oh, my goodness! Grand Salami!

I just don’t understand why the Tigers didn’t try to get Lucroy. The McCann/Salty combo just isn’t working out. OOPS! Pass the ketchup. Words taste better with a little touch of tomato. LOL. Wow! Can MP hold this lead, PLEASE???

Salty and Mc have combined for 18 HRs and 62 RBIs in approximately the same number of ABs as Upton. That’s pretty decent production in my opinion.

Lucroy has 13 HRs and 50 RBIs in slightly less ABs than Salty and Mc combined.

Whew! I thought MP was going to blow the lead in the 3rd inning.

Well tiger’s hitters awesome first inning put a six spot and 30 pitches on keuchel ….since 19 pitches and 2 innings. Some lazy ab’s imo

didn’t they say he won the CY last year? .
Hang in there, Mike Pelfrey!

Yes but they need to put together good ab’s and for the most part they are hacking and not grinding out ab’s. 2-3 pitch ab’s

McCannon throws him out from the knees

Okay, so Aviles and Pelfrey both did something to help the Tigers today. Baseball is so predictably unpredictable.

Maybin was the designated target for the HBPs. Maybin responded with a SB off Feldman in revenge despite the 8-0 score. Then, Miggy placed his exclamation point on the response. Pretty strong statement(s) by the Tigers.

This take was pretty much the gist of things from the Astros’ brodcasters.

Wow Maybin! That’s how you do it! We’re getting schooled by Gibby and C Mo today. They are students of the game and convey it superbly. I’m actually starting to feel sorry for Feldman “from across the hall”.

I’ve been watching Upton pretty closely in his ABs after hearing an analysis of his swing and his failure to get his lead foot down soon enuff. He definitely got it down on his HR.

It’s amazing that they have that much control of the situation isn’t it Darline. But they do.

I’ll take Gibby any day over Rod. He spices up the broadcast with his silly sense of humor and his baseball knowledge surpasses Rod’s in my opinion. Woof, woof….you had to have seen the game to understand the barking.

Clubs asking for Fulmer, Boyd and Jiminez. We ain’t makin’ NO deals for that price. Didn’t the word get out that it’s a buyer’s market?

The most fun and best baseball all season. Go Tigers!!

Another clean sweep . Great week to be a Tigers fan .

Gibby knows the game but does tend to irrelevance, silliness (as you say) and at times seems almost a bit confrontational.
There was certainly a time where he partied with the best of them. My brother used to hang with a crowd that included Gibby and Rozie (Dave Rozema). I have heard some stories about those two guys!
I do like him but actually enjoy Jack Morris’ voice and his knowledge of the game as well. Not a big fan of Rod Allen.

Hey Dan. You gave me credit for a point Greg made regarding our 2 catchers. Credit goes to him. I was in complete agreement.

Right. Gibby seems to disagree just for the sake of making an argument. He likes to get Mario out of his comfort zone.

What I love about our blog is everybody’s opinion can be expressed. Thanks Marty, but no need. I’m just the one on our blog who never wants to move home talent, especially when we have so little. My hat is off to my favorite whipping boy, Big Mike; he was better than average today. What a great sweep for our guys; two against very good clubs in a row. Be wary of the Chisox. They can be a good spoiler and still have a decent rotation.
Was not surprised with the Lucroy trade veto. And again, we don’t need Lucroy. My goodness, James pegged Springer on his knees. His hitting will improve and he and Salty both have done adequate jobs. What excites me about this run is that its being accomplished with a patchwork rotation, and firth outfielders playing as a full timer. Man, there was a lot to like today, but here we go:
1. Miggy finally looked like the Miggy wev’e been spoiled too.
2. Even Lowe has a 1-2-3 inning.
3. Cam’s bunt;changed the flow of the game immediately.
Kudos to Miggy, James, Mike, WilRonRyLo, and J-Up. Finally after 4 months, I believe he’s going to carry us for a while. His bat speed is quite amazing. With Julio returning. this batting order is finally going to be what it was projected to be; very intimidating. Throw in Z and Moonbeam, and we will give the Tribe a run for their money. This was the best week of baseball for 2016.

things looking pretty good out there. any chance we don’t send down collins? seems he might be a part of this good momentum.

Well, just as we get on a roll I’m going off the grid so to speak for this week. (Up in Algonquin Park Canada Dan.) Will be back on Saturday, so will miss next 2 series. Go Tigers!

Miguel Cabrera surpassed Mickey Mantle in RBI and tied Ripken in HR in a single game. His next target Sam Wahoo Crawford ,the OF inducted into the HoF thanks to the lobbying by Ty Cobb.
Despite being a die hard fan if Kim Bassinger since 9 weeks and a half, I still has to watch the Natural. I read the book. Marty has a point, since the books, magic realism novel, is a moral allegory . With a sad ending.

With my apologies to Beck:I just read the comments of the last two weeks. I appreciate your concern. I had to travel to Caracas The travel lasted more than expected because some delay in the Embassy were we asked visas( once Aruba received Venezuelans with open arms and Americans with distrust. Now, my family needs visas to enter ). My sister does not want to take her family to Venezuela so we will have a family rendez-vous there.My posts will be sparse during this week and I will be absent until the end of August or early September

Some of us long-timers were concerned about you, El Tigre. So happy to hear from you again.


Have a safe trip . hope to hear from you once you return .

Thanks, I expect to be back before august 30 . I will be part of the postseason roster

Beck has a post about McCann and his bat, but since he is going nowhere. He needs to work with the pitchers.
Staff with Salty .4.37. McCann 4.41
Big deal? Yes
Besides Verlander, who would end yelling at Salty like he did to Laird . a good part of the staff in not the same with McCann
Zimmerman S 3.49/M 4.76 a full run
Fulmer 2.79/ 2.15
Pelfrey 5.74/4.19.
Norris 3.00 /6.43. Little sample
Anibal 5.74 /6.96
But the relievers:
KRod 2.37/. 3.24
Rondón 3.86/5.23 1 H 0 BB in 4.1 /3 HR 4 BB in 10
A Wilson 5.85/0.82
Greene: 4.56/3.38
Lowe: 6.35/9.86 1 HR in 11.1 /9 HR in 21.0
Ryan 2.66/4.41
Wilson 2.75/4.66
And Salty is Boyd personal catcher. The main problem ? the LH pitchers work far better with Saltamacchia.

Molleken will go down. Collins stays. Ausmus hinted to that. Beck pointed out , Molleken has pitched once in two weeks

Houston 55-49/ 1-9 vs Texas. Sound familiar?

What a game , what a catch: M´s vs Cubs.
We need and OF like Wood

Good to see you back El “T”
Algonquin Park! Nice. The resting place (well, temporarily) as well as the artistic inspiration for the incomparable Tom Thompson.

p.s. Please let’s stick with James McCann(ical)


Supposedly, Hellickson for Dereck Hill. Boras client. Of course

A fake account had the same rumor yesterday. Could be another fake account again

confirmed, fake account

Derek is too young to give up on for a contact middle-of-the-road pitcher. We don’t need another one of them. We have Pelfrey, Anibal and Boyd to fill that role.

They want far more. The Tigers are out of him. It is a fake account

Now if you were to say Chris Archer I would say “Giddy-Up”

With all the talk of teams looking for rotation help I wonder why no one is interested in Anibal? May as well keep him but the lack of interest is an inference that can’t be mistaken.

16 million, maybe?

I have actually been a bit disappointed with JZ. I know he has a decent record but he seems more hittable than he has been in past years. What we really need is for Norris and/or Boyd to pleasantly surprise the rest of the year.
I am curious if Shane could fill a hole in the rotation but that would take a positive promotion to the pen from the farm. Something that is unlikely.

Problems in Paradise:
John Wagner
Recently @DBriggsBlade wrote about #Tigers relationship w/ @MudHens being 1-way street. That column:

here is the link:
Interesting article, I think this tells the tale of our struggles. Would be nice to get some winning teams in our system.

No trades?

I thought DD might be able land Sale. That would have been interesting.

I thought Avila was right to stand pat. Not much you can add to increase our chances significantly. Nor do we have any rentals to trade down on. Plus, we have a good chance at making a run this fall.

I see that window for this year and next, during and after which some new faces will show up. If the club manages to re-tool on the fly, so much the better.
My view may be old fashioned, but I think you keep franchise faces like Verlander and Cabrera for some time to come. A club needs an identity. Plus those two have some good years left.
Here in the present, the Tigers have beat up nearly everybody except division rivals. That needs to change starting this week.

Even if not contenders by record, the Tigers are competitive. I can live with not trading MLB-ready players such as Fulmer, Norris and Boyd. Plus, Jiminez looks like he can help in the not-too-distant future. With JD and JZ coming back soon and Hardy doing well at Toledo, things could prove out well assuming nothing catastrophic happens. To me, that leaves Upton as the lynchpin. He has had moments and a few games where he has shown what he can do. But, if Upton turns it on and acts like he is a carrier for a month or two… Well then, the Tigers become real contenders.

I agree with the assessment. I think, they are one good week away from leading the division and a good weekend away from being in the WC.

McCosky suggested the Tigers may release Aviles if Collins stays.

given the past week, I would support that

The White Sox sent lefty Zach Duke to St. Louis in exchange for outfielder Charlie Tilson but did not make any other significant moves.
The Indians’ potential trade for star catcher Jonathan Lucroy was scuttled when Lucroy vetoed the deal, but they still managed huge move this week, albeit at a significant cost — they got Andrew Miller from the Yankees for minor-league outfielder Clint Frazier and pitchers Justus Sheffield, Ben Heller and J.P. Feyereisen. They also got outfielder Brandon Guyer from Tampa Bay for prospects Nathan Lukes and Jhonleider Salinas.
The Tigers hunted for pitching help but ultimately did not make any significant moves.
There was no shortage of rumors surrounding various Royals pitchers, including Wade Davis, but Kansas City’s deadline was mostly quiet, as they only swapped Brett Eibner to Oakland for fellow outfielder Billy Burns.
The Twins added Hector Santiago and minor-league righty Alan Busenitz from the Angels, giving up pitchers Ricky Nolasco and Alex Meyer. They also sent reliever Fernando Abad to Boston in return for relief prospect Pat Light, and infielder Eduardo Nunez to San Francisco for lefty Adalberto Mejia.

Will they bring the energy tonight? We’ll see.

Shields has been pretty good after a rough start. 6 consecutive QSs, allowing 2 runs or less.

Sanchez, not so good. He has allowed 19 runs on 30 hits over 20 1/3 innings in 4 starts in July.

Well it was a fun week of baseball. Going back to Saturday – I absolutely let JV take the whole game, he deserved the chance and even though that may have been the wrong move, most of the hits were just well placed, nothing great hits – shoot one was not even close to a strike. I commend the team for putting in the effort to get that W.

Sunday was just plain fun, especially with the Maybin steal and the Miggy 2nd dinger and how happy I was for McCannon getting his first grand salami. Seems like the nicest kid – I follow him on twitter.

El T – glad you are ok

Was surprised no moves were made before the deadline. Went to see the Hens on Sunday and saw JD hit a nice double. The Hens enjoyed having JD and Zimmerman there to get some good eats off of them. What I was sad about was seeing Omar Infante playing against the Hens. He apparently got let go of the Royals in June and signed a AAA deal with Gwinnette. I always feel at his age and given his career he seems to be wasting his time at AAA but I guess it is his time to waste, just would hate to see him get injured or something. I always loved him when he played for us.

Pedal to the metal this month boys!!


I just watched reruns of Miggy’s 2 homeruns on Sunday – it is amazing how effortless he makes those look. When you compare his swing to Big Papi it is something, Miggy when he hits them rarely looks like he is trying to hit them

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