“His pitch count is up and over 90, so there’s not a lot of restraints,” Ausmus said. “If he throws well, we’ll roll with him.”
With the team mired in a losing streak, players have struggled at times to keep a sense of urgency from overtaking them.
“We’re the only ones on the field playing,” Gose said. “I don’t think you could ever really blame a staff or anyone who’s not on the field.”
McCann said Kinsler came to talk with him about McCann choosing to bunt in the third inning of Tuesday’s game against the Athletics.
“This is the same team that everybody was praising big-time when we were 11-2 or something,” Castellanos said. “Nothing’s changed.”
The Tigers are currently on a five-game losing streak. With a 28-25 record, Detroit is third in its division, 3.5 games out of first place.
“Anaheim was a slap in the face,” Ausmus said, referring to the recent four-game sweep by the Angels. “This was a punch in the gut.”
“Things weren’t working, so we looked at it, or I looked at it, tried to find some way we could maybe mix it up,” Ausmus said Tuesday.
“Lobstein has done a nice job,” Ausmus said, “but let’s face it, Justin Verlander’s a different animal when it comes to starting pitchers.”
“When you put a lot of pressure on yourself, you overdo it,” Cabrera said. “That’s when you make mistakes, when you try too hard.”