My Detroit Sports: My Tigers Weekly #12

As we enter August, we have approximately a third of the season left to go. A few new Tigers caps are on plaques in Cooperstown. The non-waiver deadline has passed and most of the Tigers veterans are still on the roster. Leonys Martin was traded to the division leading Indians, but a number of upcoming free agents will continue to ply their trade in Detroit. That’s not to say that there won’t be more moves made ahead of the waiver deadline. It’s unclear who, if any, of the eligible trade pieces will be placed on the waiver wires and/or traded. In the meantime there’s still 53 games left in the season. The Tigers started off in Kansas City for a 3 game series against the Royals. So far this season the Royals have fared well against the Tigers, winning 6 of 10 games, despite residing in the AL Central basement. At first, it looked like that trend would continue when Francisco Liriano was chased with 2 outs in the 5th inning trailing 3-0. Down to their last 3 outs, the Tigers managed 3 consecutive hits off of reliever Brandon Maurer to tie the game at 4. Jim Adduci’s 2 RBI double tied the game, and Brian McCann’s RBI double off of Jason Hammel put the Tigers ahead 5-4. Shane Greene held the lead in the bottom of the frame picked up his 20th save of the season.

There was no such magic on Tuesday night. Jordan Zimmerman gave up home runs to Mike Moustakas and Salvador Perez as the Royals stormed ahead 5-0 after 6. Victor Martinez answered with a 3 run home run in the 7th, and the Tigers managed a run in the 9th, but couldn’t complete the comeback off Wily Peralta and fell 5-4. Game 100: Recap That left Matthew Boyd facing off against Danny Duffy in the rubber match. Despite giving up 7 hits, Boyd struck out 7 with no walks in 6 innings to give the Tigers a quality start. Jose Iglesias’ 3 run home run provided the offensive boost as the Tigers tagged Duffy for 7 runs on their way to an 8-4 victory.

The Tigers then came home for a weekend series against the Indians. Back to back doubles by Nick Castellanos and Niko Goodrum put the Tigers up 2-0 in the 3rd, but Cleveland answered back with 2 run home run by Francisco Lindor and a solo shot Yonder Alonso. Mike Fiers and Carlos Carrasco each provided their teams with quality starts without factoring into the decision. Unfortunately, All-star Joe Jimenez was chased in the 8th inning after an RBI single to Alonso. With 2 left on and only one out, Daniel Stumpf gave up a 3 run home run to pinch hitter Brandon Guyer. Jimenez was responsible for both runners and took the loss as the Tigers fell 8-3 in the opener. Game 102: Recap On Saturday fans were treated to a much better pitching performance. Blaine Hardy outdueled Mike Clevinger, with both pitchers putting in 5 innings of work. JaCoby Jones’ 3rd inning 2 run home run was all the offense the Tigers needed, as Drew VerHagen, Joe Jimenez, and Shane Greene combined for 4 innings of no runs, 1 hit, 1 walk relief to secure the 2-1 victory.

The rubber match was far less tense and exciting. Jordan Zimmerman was tagged with 5 runs in 3 innings while Corey Kluber kept the Tigers off the board to the tune of 1 run in 7 1/3 innings. The Tigers managed 5 hits on the afternoon and fell 8-1 in the game and 12-4 on the season to the Indians. The Tigers also fell to .500 at home, 27-27. Game 104: Recap Long overdue. Sunday, 1984 World Champions’ Alan Trammell and Jack Morris were inducted to the Baseball Hall of Fame.

 

 

Monday, Miguel Cabrera hosted his annual “Keeping Kids in the Game” event.

After a day off, play resumed against the Cincinnati Reds. The Tigers managed only 3 hits off of Reds starter Homer Bailey, but they made them count. Niko Goodrum hit his 10th home run of the year and Mike Gerber, taking Leonys Martin’s place in center field, hit his first career double and RBI. Matthew Boyd pitched 8 scoreless innings and Shane Greene worked around a triple as the Tigers won 2-1 on a soggy night at Comerica Park.

On Wednesday, the bats came alive. Jose Iglesias’ 2 run double got things started and Jim Adduci hit his 2nd home run as the Tigers put up 7 runs on 14 hits. It wasn’t all good news though. Mike Fiers was hit in the shin in the 2nd inning and couldn’t continue pitching. Drew VerHagen came in and pitched 3 innings to pick up the win. Except for Alex Wilson’s 4 earned runs, without recording an out, in the 7th inning, Tigers relievers picked up Fiers as the Tigers won the game 7-4. After being swept in Cincinnati, it was nice to return the favor and split the season series.

Now the Tigers head West for 6 games in Oakland and Los Angeles. That’s followed by 6 games against the Twins and White Sox at Comerica Park. With the Twins selling off their veterans and the Indians holding a double digit lead in the standings, the Tigers must find joy in triumphs from the past and promises of future accolades. Jack Morris’ number retirement ceremony is scheduled for the Sunday August 12th Tigers-Twins game. Is the next Tigers star on the roster or in the farm system now?

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My Detroit Sports: My Tigers Weekly #11

In this edition of My Tigers Weekly, we pass the 100 game mark on the 2018 season. We are about a week away from the trade deadline and past the All-Star break. At 42-59, the Tigers are clearly sellers. There isn’t a large supply of available pitchers, which means that it’s an excellent opportunity to trade some veterans and add talent to the farm system. In the meantime we can enjoy Joe Jimenez’s appearance in the All-Star game and good baseball against some of the AL’s elite teams and pitchers.

Before the All-Star break the Tigers played a 3 game series in Houston against the defending champion Astros. In the first game, Mike Fiers was outdueled by his former teammate Dallas Keuchel. Both went 6 innings and gave their team quality starts, but Alex Bregman’s 2 run home run in the 1st inning was all the offense Houston needed. The Tigers went 1-9 with runners in scoring position as they fell 3-0. Saturday’s game followed a similar script with the Astros scoring in the first, second, and third innings on their way to a 7-0 lead off of Michael Fulmer. The Tigers offense couldn’t get it going against All-Star Gerrit Cole. The Astros staff held Detroit to 3 hits, 2 by Nick Castellanos, on their way to a 9-1 victory.

Game 93: Recap

Game 94: Recap

On Sunday the Tigers, and Tigers fans, got to see Justin Verlander for the first time in an Astros uniform. When Verlander is excited, he sometimes starts throwing hard. So while 12 Detroit batters were fanned in 6 innings, the Tigers also managed 4 home runs off the former Cy Young and MVP winner. John Hicks, Jeimer Candelario, Niko Goodrum, and Jim Adduci (1st home run of the season) connected to give the Tigers a 6-3 victory. Drew VerHagen threw 3 innings of 1 run baseball in relief of starter Francisco Liriano, who left the game with back tightness, to pick up his first win of the season. It was a much needed victory as it snapped a 6 game losing streak and let the Tigers enter the All-Star break on a positive note.

Joe Jimenez made the trip to Washington D.C. to represent the Tigers at the All-Star game. He entered the game in the 4th inning with a runner on first and 2 outs. He struck out Giants shortstop Brandon Crawford in an 8 pitch at bat to pick up a hold. The AL won 8-6 in 10 innings.

The Tigers reconvened at Comerica Park last Friday to face the AL leading Boston Red Sox. Once again Detroit faced a former Cy Young winner who once wore a Tigers uniform: David Price. In a less emotional game, the Tigers were unable to muster much offense. 5 scattered singles and 1-8 with runners in scoring position was the story as a 1st inning Red Sox run held up in a 1-0 Tigers loss. Matthew Boyd took the loss to fall to 4-9 on the season.

Game 96: Recap

On Saturday it was a former Red Sox player that did the damage to his former team. Jose Iglesias’ 2 run double and 2 run home run provided the offense against Boston rookie Brian Johnson. Mike Fiers scattered singles in 6 1/3 innings of work to pick up the win, improving to 7-6, and lower his ERA to 3.49. Alex Wilson and Shane Greene allowed only 1 hit in their combined 2 2/3rd’s inning of work to finish off the 5-0 victory.

The Tigers couldn’t keep it up in the rubber match. Facing their 3rd Cy Young winner in a 4 game stretch, Chris Sale, Detroit could only manage 5 hits and a solo home run on offense. Blaine Hardy gave up 4 runs in 3 innings to take the loss to fall to 3-3 on the season. The Tigers fell 9-1 and lost the season series to the Red Sox 4-2.

Game 98: Recap

Now the Tigers head on the road for 3 games against the Kansas City Royals before returning to Comerica Park for a 5 game homestand against Ohio opponents the Indians and Reds. The Hall of Fame induction ceremony will be held July 29th in Cooperstown, New York. 1984 Tigers Jack Morris and Alan Trammell will be inducted.

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