The Miguel Cabrera Show

Jose Miguel Cabrera put the Tigers on his back and carried the them to a 5-4 win over Philadelphia.

Miggy was 3 for 3 with two more Conniption Shots, a double, a walk, 2 RBIs and 3 runs scored. Perhaps the Phillies should have considered walking him after his second conniption shot?

Honorable mentions got to J.D. Martinez and Nick “The Quick” Castellanos for chipping in with home runs; Victor Martinez for going 3-4 and driving in Miggy with the winning run and Mark Lowe and K-Rod for pitching clean 8th and 9th innings.

Speaking of Francisco Rodriguez, perhaps reports of his demise were greatly exaggerated.  If I’m not mistaken, this is his 6th save conversion in a row.

FYI: Jose Miguel Cabrera is that damn good!

Detroit 9 Rays 4

Well, it appears that Miggy’s demise was greatly exaggerated. The Mighty Miggy has four homers in the last three games, including two conniption shots, and has his batting average up to .315 with an OBS of .925.

More importantly, after losing 11 of 13, the Tigers have now won 6 of their last 7 and are within a game of the .500 mark.

I am concerned with the injuries to Zimmerman and Miggy.  If either one misses an extended period of time, the Tigers could be in a lot of trouble.

Tigers 6 Orioles 5

Could the break the Tigers got on the J.D. Martinez check swing in the 8th be the turning point in the dismal 2016 season?  I’ve seen stranger things happen.

Here are a few observations after the call:

  1. Miggy, followed with the go ahead solo homer.
  2. The bullpen didn’t give the runs back in the bottom of the 8th.
  3. K-Rod pitched a clean 9th.

This might be wishful thinking but I am an eternal “optimist”. 🙂

They’re back home tomorrow against the Twins.

 

Nationals 3 Tigers 2

Zimmerman was good but Max was on fire.  That being said, despite striking out 20 times the Tigers still had chances but couldn’t get the key hit.

Now, can someone explain why Brad Ausmus didn’t have Nick “The Quick” in the lineup?  I understand there is no designated hitter but how do you sit Casteallanos in the middle of this run he’s on.  This might be crazy but Miggy should have been the odd man out today.

How do you sit Nick “The Quick” ?

Tigers 9 Twins 2

Well the offense seems to have woken up.  The Tigers have won three in a row, four of five and Miggy hit a ball into a conniption.  I don’t think I’ve seen power like that from Miggy in over year.

Oh yeah, you still have to pitch to win and Michael Fulmer did a pretty good job.  He lasted five innings, allowed two earned on seven hits.  He struck out four and only issued one free pass.

Royals 8 Tigers 6

Twelve games into the season the Tigers are 7-5. The offense is better than I expected, the pitching, however, is a hair shy of an abomination.

Shane Greene and Blaine Hardy were not good last night, as Sanchez was not good on Sunday in Houston.

While the offense is humming along nicely, I am little concerned about two things.  First, the outs made on the base paths, it will come back to haunt them.  Second, I love Miggy.  I really do.  He’s probably the best hitter I’ve ever seen but I’m beginning to wonder if he is on the downside of his career.  His bat looks slow and he didn’t look good against Herrera in big spot with the bases loaded. That being said, if you score six runs, you should be able to win.

I hope I’m wrong about the Mighy Miggy.

Astros 1 Tigers 0

Well, I expected the loss in the opener.  Keuchel, the reigning Cy Young winner, is excellent at home and Pelfrey was less than inspiring in his first start in a Tigers uniform.

However, Pelfrey was able to pitch out of trouble and give the Tigers an excellent chance to win.  Unfortunately, the offense couldn’t do anything in Houston.

I know Miggy is a slow starter, but he looks horrible. His bat looks slow.

 

Tigers 7 Pirates 3

Shane Greene needs to be given credit for over coming a rough first inning, in which he needed over 30 pitches to get through, and was able to tough out six good innings surrendering only two earned runs.  It looked like a short outing for Shane but he found a way.

Kudos to Jarrod Salty Saltalamacchia who hit an Arquimedes Caminero pitch into an absolute CONNIPTION for the go ahead granny.

Seven games in, the offense is impressive, the defensive is adequate, the pitching, both starting and pen has ben OK.

One more thing, I’m getting ready to call Anthony Gose’s proctologist to find out if he’s found Gose’s head.  What is he doing with his base running?  A few days ago he gets thrown out trying to steal third with Upton and Miggy coming up and yesterday he tries to stretch a single into a double by running on Andrew McCutchen. I’ll say it again, it hasn’t hurt the Tigers yet but it will.