Yankees 14, Tigers 3
Don’t read this, why are you reading this? Go watch highlights of Scherzer’s start. This isn’t a thing you want to relive. Alfredo Simon (13 GS, 79.1 IP, 3.18 ERA, 3.85 FIP) was horrible and the bullpen was also not good. The bats were also not good. All of it was not good. Anibal Sanchez (14 GS, 91 IP, 4.65 ERA, 4.00 FIP) pitches Sunday.
The Moment: Josh Wilson pitched!
Not as close as it felt.
Yankees 7, Tigers 2
This one kicked off with A-Rod making history, delivering his 3,000th hit via a home run against Justin Verlander (2 GS, 11.2 IP, 6.17 ERA, 7.64 FIP), but the Tigers took the lead on a Bryan Holaday single in the 2nd. The lead wouldn’t last, however, as the Yankee home run and hit parade snuck up on us. Verlander didn’t seem out of sorts but wound up allowing six runs while striking out just two in 6.2 innings. The dingers weren’t smacked and Verlander wasn’t erratic, but the results didn’t come and it counts as a loss all the same. They’ll try to regroup behind Alfredo Simon (12 GS, 76.2 IP, 2.58 ERA, 3.47 FIP) on Saturday.
The Moment: Holaday cashes in a pair.
Reds 8, Tigers 4
We were told to expect a pitcher’s duel tonight, and we sort of got one. David Price (14 GS, 97.1 IP, 2.50 ERA, 2.94 FIP) and Johnny Cueto was effective ahead of the rain delay but both gave up a home run before giving it to the bullpens. The Reds tied it at three, then Collins pulled ahead with a home run, and then the Chris Dominguez tripled in the tying run. That 4-4 score carried into extras. The Tigers looked cooked in the 10th, but a Martinez-Kinsler-McCann relay nabbed Bruce at the plate to extend the game. In the 12th, the Reds put two men on but Krol survived to put two more on in the 13th before giving way to Soria, who surrendered a walk off slam. The game was well-played for a while, and then it became a mess. Justin Verlander (1 GS, 5 IP, 3.60 ERA, 6.11 FIP) goes Thursday.
The Moment: Collins delivers a pinch-hit, go-ahead home run in the 8th.
Reds 5, Tigers 2
In the end, the Tigers will probably regret the “who cares if they hit solo home run strategy.” The three solo shots were the difference in the ballgame as Frazier hit two and Bruce took one against the starter Kyle Ryan (2 GS, 19.1 IP, 3.26 ERA, 5.69 FIP), and then the Reds threw two more on the Tigers pen. The Tigers nabbed a run in the first and an error opened the door to another in the 5th, but they couldn’t put together anything too substantial. They split the games in Detroit and will shift to Cincy with David Price (13 GS, 92.1 IP, 2.44 ERA, 2.89 FIP) going in game one.
The Moment: James McCann nails Billy Hamilton trying to steal.
Anibal Sanchez Night in America.
Tigers 6, Reds 0
The Tigers put together a big four-run 6th inning on Monday, but Anibal Sanchez (14 GS, 91 IP, 4.65 ERA, 3.98 FIP) only needed one. He allowed two hits and faced one over the minimum en route to a CGSO and a 90 game score. Sanchez set down the final 16 men he faced and dominated, and admittedly weak Reds lineup. We were also treated to a homer from Martinez and a glorious misplay from former Tiger Brennan Boesch. Bask in it, folks! Kyle Ryan (1 GS, 13 IP, 2.08 ERA, 4.33 FIP) goes Tuesday.
The Moment: Sanchez finishing the job.
Tigers 8, Indians 1
With the threat of rain hanging over the metro area, the Tigers played the Indians in two acts on Sunday, winning both bouts. They led 2-0 entering the delay thanks to a massive home run by Cabrera, and they scored six runs on the back nine, thanks in part to a big home run from JD Martinez. Alfredo Simon (12 GS, 76.2 IP, 2.58 ERA, 3.47 FIP) gave them five solid innings before the delay and the bullpen held the line after despite a late scare, giving the Tigers another series win against the Indians, setting up a four game set with the other Ohio team. Anibal Sanchez (13 GS, 82 IP, 5.16 ERA, 4.26 FIP) gets it going on Monday.
The Moment: Cabrera hits another mammoth, 454 foot home run.
Indians 5, Tigers 4
The focus of the afternoon was on Justin Verlander (1 GS, 5 IP, 3.60 ERA, 6.10 FIP). The Tigers didn’t need to win today, but they really wanted to see signs of good things to come from Verlander, and I would argue they did. He sat 93-94 and reached back for 94-97 when he got into trouble in the 5th inning. He didn’t strike many out, but given how long he’d waited to get back on a mound, he looked about as good as we could have hoped. The Tigers lead for most of the day, getting out to a 2-0 lead and then a 3-1 lead before the bullpen let them fall to 4-3 and 5-4. In the 9th, they got a walk from Miggy and a single from Cespedes before JD bounced into a double play. They’ll try to take the series on Sunday with Alfredo Simon (11 GS, 71.2 IP, 2.76 ERA, 3.59 FIP) on the hill.
The Moment: Gose makes a diving catch to preserve Verlander’s 1st inning.
The Platonic ideal.
Tigers 4, Indians 0
This one had everything. It started and ended with a very smooth David Price (13 GS, 92.1 IP, 2.44 ERA, 2.89 FIP), who went the distance allowing 7 base runners and striking out 8 amid his third career CGSO and first career Maddux. Salazar held the Tigers back until the 6th inning, when Cabrera came to the plate with two men on and hit a dazzling home run, even for him (see below). The lead held, thanks to some terrific glovework by Jose Iglesias and business as usual for the Tigers ace. Everything was perfect on this night, setting up quite the event on Sunday. The 2015 debut of Justin Verlander (2015 Debut), who probably doesn’t like the idea of someone else sitting on his throne.
The Moment: Cabrera hits one into the camera well.
Not so good.
Cubs 12, Tigers 3
On Wednesday, the Tigers [REDACTED]. The Tigers got a big three run homer from Cespedes and McCann made an incredible catch in foul territory, but then [REDACTED]. Unfortunately, the Tigers had to settle for the split ahead of the weekend set with the Indians. David Price (12 GS, 83.1 IP, 2.70 ERA, 3.06 FIP) will kick it off on Friday.
The Moment: James McCann makes a terrific grab.
Anibal Sanchez Night in America.
Tigers 6, Cubs 0
Turns out, it was my fault all along.
As soon as I remembered to pregame tweet ASNIA, everything turned around. Anibal Sanchez (13 GS, 82 IP, 5.16 ERA, 4.28 FIP) cruised through the very dangerous Cubs lineup, going 7.2 innings, allowing 8 base runners and punching out 7. He got a little help from his friend Rajai Davis who robbed a would-be two run homer in the 2nd, but after that it was all Sanchez and plenty of offense. The Tigers danced around two TOOTBLANs, getting run scoring hits from Cabrera, Castellanos, Martinez, and two from Kinsler. Cespedes made a great throw on an ill-advised send and everything was wonderful for an evening. They’ll try to sweep with Shane Greene (12 GS, 65 IP, 5.40 ERA, 4.47 FIP) going Wednesday.
The Moment: Rajai takes one away in the 2nd.