Brewers 8, Tigers 1
All you need to know about this game is that the bullpen was the good part. The rest kinda falls into place. The bats couldn’t get anything going against the pedestrian Nelson and Anibal Sanchez (9 GS, 54.2 IP, 5.60 ERA, 4.41) got tagged for three straight, out-of-reach-putting homers in the 3rd inning. Ausmus got tossed after some bad calls against Kinsler but the Tigers went pretty quietly otherwise. The club will look to avoid the sweep Wednesday behind Shane Greene (8 GS, 47 IP, 4.21 ERA, 3.53 FIP).
The Moment: Kinsler says bad words to the umpire and then his manager gets tossed?
It seems that about this time every year (2014 was a terrible example of this) the Tigers cease to be able to hit decent (=replacement level or slightly better) pitching, let alone good or great pitching. The competition is a lot more stiff in the AL Central this time around, so hopefully the Tigs get their act together sooner rather than later. (The Royals may fall back to earth a little, given their handling of Salvador Perez–they must think he’s unbreakable. I’m surprised he can still walk up to the plate.)
Mr. Weinberg, with Victor out, is J.D. fourth because Yoenis is too much of a free-swinger? Are you happy with the current batting order? Thanks!
JD is a free swinger himself. You want power in that spot. Either will do