Detroit Tigers: Throwing each other under bus, frustration, J.D. Martinez soars


The Detroit Tigers frustrating season seemed to boil over after a back-and-forth extra innings loss Thursday afternoon against the Chicago White Sox.

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Starter Alfredo Simon got the team in a hole early, but every time they fought back, he’d put them right back in that hole. He allowed the White Sox to grab a 5-2 lead on a long deep fly ball to Rajai Davis and later blamed Davis for not getting to the ball. Here’s the thing, Big Pasta–stop throwing meatballs because if this had been Detroit AT Chicago instead of Detroit VS Chicago, Davis would have had to scale the wall in center field of U.S. Cellular Field to catch that monster hit.

He was not the only one frustrated. Tony Paul had an interesting tweet that greatly misquoted Ian Kinsler.

But here is what he actually said:

Kinsler has never been a fan favorite since arriving here from Texas in the Prince Fielder deal. He is often surly and famously mouthed an expletive about a fan interfering at Comerica Park when he was actually getting out of the way in last year’s regular season finale. Still the guy doesn’t deserve to be deliberately misquoted. Pretty silly thing to cut and paste a quote from a usual stand up guy like Paul.

J.D. Martinez had another homer on Thursday and continued his torrid month of June to calm fears of being a one-hit wonder.  

Detroit Tigers starter Alfredo Simon says Rajai Davis ‘got a bad jump’ on Adam LaRoche’s two-run double – James Schmehl, MLive

"Without prodding from members of the media, Simon first mentioned Davis’ questionable jump when asked whether he was unhappy about being lifted from the game in the seventh inning after giving up a one-out walk to Gordon Beckham.“I didn’t want to come out of the game like that,” Simon said. “I wanted to face (Adam) LaRoche. Davis had a bad jump on that fly ball, you know.”"

Despite inconsistency, Tigers stay resilient – Tony Paul, Detroit News

"Chamberlain (2-3) took the loss after getting a little wild in the 10th inning, but he said he looks forward to bouncing back in the next game — and he said the Tigers will keep bouncing back, too.“There’s 90 games left, it’s a 162-game season and every game counts,” Chamberlain said. “There’s no panic. We just got to continue to grind. This league is great. This is the best guys in the world. They come to play every day.“That’s why it’s baseball. You don’t play this game on paper. Up and down, that’s a season. Nobody goes 162-0, evverybody has ups and downs.”"

Detroit Tigers’ J.D. Martinez Proving To Be More Than A One-Year Wonder – Brad Faber, Rant Sports

"Much like he did in 2014, Martinez has impressed mightily with his opposite field power this year. Out of all of his home runs, four have gone to left field, four have gone to center and a whopping nine have gone to right. His 247 wRC+ to the opposite field surprisingly only ranks sixth among all qualified hitters in MLB.Of course, Martinez is still striking out at a rather high clip of 26.2 percent, but it appears that the strikeouts are simply part of the package. After all, he finished last season with a nearly identical K rate of 26.3 percent."

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