The Tigers have had a pretty good start to the season. They swept the Twins, including back-to-back shutouts to open the season. David Price threw 8 2/3 shutout innings in his Opening Day start, while Anibal Sanchez followed up with 6 2/3 shutout innings of his own on Wednesday.
Shane Greene allowed the Tigers’ first run of the season in the seventh inning Thursday, an unearned run as a result of a Yoenis Cespedes error in left field. Alfredo Simon went into his Friday start with the Tigers’ earned run streak still intact in the series opener against the Indians.
Simon held the Indians scoreless over five innings, but finally relented in the sixth. With one out, Simon allowed back-to-back singles to Michael Bourn and Jason Kipnis before Michael Brantley doubled in a run, ending the Tigers’ streak. Carlos Santana and Brandon Moss each followed up with RBI singles, chasing Simon from the game and reducing the Tigers’ lead to 5-3.
If you’re counting, that’s 32 consecutive innings without allowing an earned run to open the season for the Tigers. That ties the 1963 Cardinals for the modern record, per MLB.com’s Jason Beck.
Mets second baseman Robinson Canó is not in the lineup for Monday’s series opener against the division rival Nationals. Per MLB.com’s Anthony DiComo, it’s punishment for failing to run hard on a pair of double plays over the weekend against the Marlins.
Manager Mickey Callaway said, “He understands that it’s unacceptable to not run balls out. He understands that he needs to do that at all times.”
Canó first gaffe came in the top of the seventh inning on Friday, with his team trailing 7-3. Facing Adam Conley, Canó hit a grounder back to the pitcher, who turned a 1-6-3 double play. Canó was only halfway up the first base line when the throw got to first base.
In the fourth inning on Sunday, with the game still scoreless, Canó tapped a Sandy Alcantara pitch in the dirt. Thinking it was foul, Canó didn’t run, but catcher Chad Wallach charged and grabbed the ball while it was still in fair territory. He threw to second base for the force out and then the ball was easily whipped to first base to complete the double play as Canó still thought it was foul.
This likely wouldn’t be as big a deal as it currently is if Canó were actually producing at the plate and if the Mets weren’t in a freefall. Canó has a .245/.293/.374 batting line on the season. Meanwhile, the Mets are 20-25 and riding a five-game losing streak which includes having been shut out in each of their last two games.