The Detroit Tigers dropped a 6-3 decision to the Cleveland Indians on Thursday, continuing Cleveland’s run of dominance with another sweep.

  • Matthew Boyd was good, mostly, but a fastball that leaked over the plate resulted in a two-run home run for Jose Ramirez. He’s been having very bad luck with home runs lately, which is probably coming at the wrong time for his trade value.
  • As an aside, the rest of the AL Central, particularly the Minnesota Twins, can thank the Tigers for waking Jose Ramirez up. You’re welcome.
  • Another defensive miscommunication resulted in a dropped popup in the ninth and the sixth Cleveland run. This team should thoroughly eviscerate Ron Gardenhire’s reputation as a manager of fundamentally sound teams.
  • Harold Castro had a nice little series, hitting a two-run homer that briefly looked like it would be decisive.
  • There’s not a lot to say at this point other than Cleveland is a substantially more talented team that play better on the field and make fewer mental mistakes. The Tigers are going to be at a talent disadvantage against the majority of teams they face. They do not have to be at a mental disadvantage, but they often are anyway. It’s the worst combination to watch.

The Tigers are on pace to lose 111 games. They will play again Friday night as they return to Detroit to open a three-game series against the Toronto Blue Jays, with Jordan Zimmermann on the mound.

Game 9: Royals (2-4) @ Tigers (5-3)

Kansas City Royals

Jorge Lopez (R)

1. Whit Merrifield (R) RF
2. Adalberto Mondesi (S) SS
3. Alex Gordon (L) LF
4. Jorge Soler (R) DH
5. Frank Schwindel (R) 1B
6. Chris Owings (R) 2B
7. Hunter Dozier (R) 3B
8. Martín Maldonado (R) C
9. Billy Hamilton (S) CF

Detroit Tigers

Matt Moore (L)

1. Josh Harrison (R) 2B
2. Nicholas Castellanos (R) RF
3. Miguel Cabrera (R) 1B
4. Niko Goodrum (S) DH
5. Jeimer Candelario (S) 3B
6. Christin Stewart (L) LF
7. Mikie Mahtook (R) CF
8. Grayson Greiner (R) C
9. Jordy Mercer (R) SS

The Tigers look to claim another series early on this season, as they send veteran Matt Moore to the mound against the Kansas City Royals. Moore looked good in his first Tigers start; he gave up just two hits, walked one, and struck out six in seven innings.

Enjoy it while it lasts.

The Tigers, who sit at 5-3 at the start of the day, are essentially tied for first place with the Minnesota Twins. That’s what everyone expected to see even eight or nine days into the 2019 season. Right? Right!

Game 7: Tigers (2-4) @ White Sox (3-3)

Offday begone!

Tigers

1. Leonys Martín (L) CF
2. Jeimer Candelario (S) 3B
3. Miguel Cabrera (R) 1B
4. Nicholas Castellanos (R) RF
5. Víctor Martínez (S) DH
6. James McCann (R) C
7. JaCoby Jones (R) LF
8. José Iglesias (R) SS
9. Dixon Machado (R) 2B

Michael Fulmer (R) SP

White Sox

1. Yoán Moncada (S) 2B
2. Avisaíl García (R) RF
3. José Abreu (R) 1B
4. Matt Davidson (R) DH
5. Nicky Delmonico (L) LF
6. Welington Castillo (R) C
7. Tim Anderson (R) SS
8. Yolmer Sánchez (S) 3B
9. Adam Engel (R) CF

Lucas Giolito (R) SP

Game 6, finally… maybe: Tigers (1-4) @ White Sox (3-2)

There have been so many instances of inclement weather that I’ve lost track of what game this even is.

Tigers

1. Leonys Martín (L) CF
2. Jeimer Candelario (S) 3B
3. Miguel Cabrera (R) 1B
4. Nicholas Castellanos (R) RF
5. Víctor Martínez (S) DH
6. James McCann (R) C
7. Mikie Mahtook (R) LF
8. José Iglesias (R) SS
9. Dixon Machado (R) 2B

Jordan Zimmermann (R) SP

White Sox

1. Yoán Moncada (S) 2B
2. Avisaíl García (R) RF
3. José Abreu (R) 1B
4. Matt Davidson (R) DH
5. Yolmer Sánchez (S) 3B
6. Leury García (S) LF
7. Tim Anderson (R) SS
8. Omar Narváez (L) C
9. Adam Engel (R) CF

James Shields (R) SP

You might have missed it earlier, but the Tigers are putting Daniel Norris in the bullpen, temporarily, before likely demoting him to Toledo to start. What do you think about that?

Game 5: Royals (0-3) @ Tigers (1-3)

The Tigers look to grab the second game of the series vs. Kansas City today! If the rain cooperates, that is.

Royals

1. Jon Jay (L) DH
2. Whit Merrifield (R) 2B
3. Mike Moustakas (L) 3B
4. Cheslor Cuthbert (R) 1B
5. Paulo Orlando (R) CF
6. Jorge Soler (R) RF
7. Alex Gordon (L) LF
8. Alcides Escobar (R) SS
9. Cam Gallagher (R) C

Jakob Junis (R) SP

Tigers

1. Leonys Martin (L) CF
2. Jeimer Candelario (S) 3B
3. Miguel Cabrera (R) 1B
4. Nicholas Castellanos (R) RF
5. Victor Martinez (S) DH
6. James McCann (R) C
7. Mikie Mahtook (R) LF
8. Jose Iglesias (R) SS
9. Dixon Machado (R) 2B

Matthew Boyd (L) SP

Game 60: Tigers (29-30) @ Red Sox (32-27)

Tigers

SP: Jordan Zimmermann (R)

2B: Ian Kinsler (R)
3B: Nicholas Castellanos (R)
1B: Miguel Cabrera (R)
DH: Víctor Martínez (S)
RF: J.D. Martinez (R)
LF: Justin Upton (R)
C: James McCann (R)
CF: Mikie Mahtook (R)
SS: José Iglesias (R)

Red Sox

SP: Brian Johnson (L)

RF: Mookie Betts (R)
2B: Dustin Pedroia (R)
SS: Xander Bogaerts (R)
1B: Mitch Moreland (L)
LF: Andrew Benintendi (L)
DH: Hanley Ramírez (R)
CF: Jackie Bradley Jr. (L)
C: Sandy León (S)
3B: Pablo Sandoval (S)

Things of Import: James McCann has been activated off the 10-day DL and the Tigers have optioned John Hicks back to Toledo to make room. Justin Verlander will also be able to make his next scheduled start tomorrow, as planned.