Wednesday’s lineups: Tigers at Royals

 Alex Avila gets the start behind the plate, batting ninth and catching Randy Wolf. It’s just Avila’s sixth start at catcher in the Tigers’ last 32 games.

On the Kansas City side, it’s a fitting day for the Royals to give a first start to Jonny Gomes, who has more hits against Wolf (12) than the rest of the Royals roster combined (eight).

TIGERS

  1. Anthony Gose, CF (3-for-7, 2 walks, 4 K’s)
  2. Ian Kinsler, 2B (5-for-11, double, walk, K)
  3. Miguel Cabrera, 1B (1-for-5, walk, K)
  4. J.D. Martinez, RF (3-for-8, double, 4 walks, 2 K’s)
  5. Victor Martinez, DH (4-for-10, 2 HR, 2 walks, 2 K’s)
  6. Nick Castellanos, 3B (1-for-9, 2 K’s)
  7. Tyler Collins, LF (2-for-5, walk, K)
  8. Jose Iglesias, SS (1-for-6, K)
  9. Alex Avila, C (0-for-4, 2 walks, 2 K’s)

P: Randy Wolf

ROYALS (career numbers off Wolf)

  1. Alcides Escobar, SS (1-for-3)
  2. Ben Zobrist, 2B (0-for-3, K)
  3. Lorenzo Cain, CF
  4. Eric Hosmer, 1B (1-for-3)
  5. Kendrys Morales, DH
  6. Jonny Gomes, RF (12-for-23, double, 2 HR, walk, 2 K’s)
  7. Salvador Perez, C
  8. Cheslor Cuthbert, 3B
  9. Paulo Orlando, LF

P: Yordano Ventura

Tuesday’s lineups: Tigers at Royals

  Anthony Gose gets leadoff duty against Johnny Cueto, whom he has hit about as well as any Tiger. Tyler Collins starts in left field for the first time in five days after Rajai Davis started in left field for the Toronto series.

The Royals activate Alex Gordon from the disabled list in time for a meeting with Justin Verlander, whom he has faced more often than any other active pitcher.

Gameday | TV: FS Detroit, MLB.TV | Radio: 97.1 FM, AM 1270, Gameday Audio

tigerpitcherlogoTIGERS (career numbers off Cueto)

  1. Anthony Gose, CF (3-for-11, triple, 2 K’s)
  2. Ian Kinsler, 2B (2-for-10, double, triple, walk, 2 K’s)
  3. Miguel Cabrera, 1B (1-for-3, HR, K)
  4. J.D. Martinez, RF (2-for-10, double, walk, K)
  5. Victor Martinez, DH (0-for-13, walk, 3 K’s)
  6. Nick Castellanos, 3B (0-for-7, walk, K)
  7. Tyler Collins, LF (1-for-7, double)
  8. James McCann, C (1-for-4, walk, K)
  9. Jose Iglesias, SS (0-for-5)

P: Justin Verlander

royalslogonotextROYALS (career numbers vs. Verlander)

  1. Alcides Escobar, SS (11-for-59, 3 doubles, 2 walks, 5 K’s)
  2. Ben Zobrist, 3B (9-for-35, HR, 2 walks, 7 K’s)
  3. Lorenzo Cain, RF (7-for-24, double, HR, 5 K’s)
  4. Eric Hosmer, 1B (17-for-62, 5 doubles, triple, HR, 4 walks, 10 K’s)
  5. Kendrys Morales, DH (9-for-27, 4 doubles, HR, 7 K’s)
  6. Alex Gordon, LF (16-for-77, 4 doubles, 2 HR, 10 walks, 27 K’s)
  7. Salvador Perez, C (18-for-38, 7 doubles, 2 HR, 6 K’s)
  8. Omar Infante, 2B (3-for-22, double, HR, walk, K)
  9. Jarrod Dyson, CF (6-for-24, triple, 3 walks, 9 K’s)

P: Johnny Cueto

Tigers recall Holaday, Ryan as September callups begin

I wrote on the site yesterday on the Tigers’ potential call-ups, starting with Bryan Holaday and Kyle Ryan. Those two moves became official Tuesday, with the pair recalled from Triple-A Toledo.

Both moves had been expected. Like a lot of teams, the Tigers have used September call-ups in recent years to add a third catcher, giving them flexibility in case of injury or pinch-hit opportunities. There was some question whether they’d have that chance when Holaday injured his left thumb on a collision at home plate a few weeks ago, but he returned to action late last week.

Holaday served as James McCann’s backup catcher earlier this year while Alex Avila was on the disabled list to strengthen his knee. The 27-year-old batted .271 (13-for-48) with a home run and 12 RBIs before returning to Toledo, where he hit .224 (36-for-161) for the year with two homers and 17 RBIs. With Avila up for free agency this winter, this month could be a lead-in toward Holaday backing up McCann next season, though Detroit could opt for a veteran left-handed hitting catcher to do that if they don’t re-sign Avila.

Ryan gives the highly taxed Tigers bullpen an extra reliever, plus a starting pitching option should Detroit decide to skip Matt Boyd for a turn to watch his innings, or move Buck Farmer back to the bullpen. The soon-to-be 24-year-old owns a 1-2 record and 5.94 ERA in five starts and five relief appearances, having allowed 22 earned runs on 39 hits over 33 1/3 innings with 14 walks and 20 strikeouts. He went 4-9 with a 4.19 ERA in 17 starts for the Mud Hens.

Sunday’s lineups: Tigers at Blue Jays

  
The long-discussed swap in the cleanup spot is here, with Victor Martinez and J.D. Martinez flipped in the batting order. Rajai Davis gets another start against former Jays teammate Mark Buehrle. Anthony Gose is back in center. He apologized to Buck Farmer for his gaffe yesterday, which you’ll read shortly.

Gameday | TV: FS Detroit, MLB.TV | Radio: 97.1 FM, AM 1270, Gameday Audio

tigers1957logoTIGERS (career numbers against Buehrle)

  1. Rajai Davis, LF (6-for-20, triple, 3 K’s)
  2. Ian Kinsler, 2B (6-for-22, double, HR, walk, 3 K’s)
  3. Miguel Cabrera, 1B (10-for-31, 2 doubles, 4 walks, K)
  4. J.D. Martinez, RF (3-for-5, 2 doubles, 2 K’s)
  5. Victor Martinez, DH (28-for-78, 2 doubles, 4 HR, 2 walks, 7 K’s)
  6. Nick Castellanos, 3B (1-for-2, K)
  7. James McCann, C
  8. Jose Iglesias, SS (1-for-3, K)
  9. Anthony Gose, CF

P: Alfredo Simon

jayscanadalogoBLUE JAYS (career numbers off Simon)

  1. Ben Revere, LF (0-for-5, K)
  2. Josh Donaldson, 3B (0-for-0, walk)
  3. Jose Bautista, RF (3-for-8, double, HR, K)
  4. Edwin Encarnacion, DH (2-for-8, double, 3 K’s)
  5. Troy Tulowitzki, SS (2-for-5)
  6. Justin Smoak, 1B (0-for-1)
  7. Russell Martin, C (1-for-12, double, 2 walks, 2 K’s)
  8. Kevin Pillar, CF
  9. Ryan Goins, 2B

P: Mark Buehrle

Saturday’s lineups: Tigers at Blue Jays

Brad Ausmus has talked earlier this week about getting a day off for J.D. Martinez. That day is today. Tyler Collins gets the start in right field, while Rajai Davis remains to chase after drives to left. Miguel Cabrera is designated to hit, with Victor Martinez starting at first base against Drew Hutchison, pride of Lakeland Senior High School.

Today is an MLB Network broadcast for those watching outside the Detroit market.

Gameday | TV: MLB Network, FSD, MLB.TV | Radio: 97.1 FM, AM 1270, Gameday Audio

tigerhitterlogoTIGERS (career numbers off Hutchison)

  1. Anthony Gose, CF (2-for-2)
  2. Ian Kinsler, 2B (2-for-10, double, 2 K’s)
  3. Miguel Cabrera, DH (2-for-5, 2 K’s)
  4. Victor Martinez, 1B (4-for-6, double)
  5. Nick Castellanos, 3B (1-for-2)
  6. Tyler Collins, RF
  7. James McCann, C
  8. Jose Iglesias, SS (0-for-1)
  9. Rajai Davis, LF

P: Buck Farmer

jaylogoBLUE JAYS

  1. Troy Tulowitzki, SS
  2. Josh Donaldson, 3B
  3. Jose Bautista, RF
  4. Edwin Encarnacion, DH
  5. Justin Smoak, 1B
  6. Russell Martin, C (1-for-3, double, K vs. Farmer)
  7. Ben Revere, LF
  8. Kevin Pillar, CF
  9. Ryan Goins, 2B

P: Drew Hutchison

Friday’s lineups: Tigers at Blue Jays


If Miguel Cabrera gets five plate appearances tonight, he’ll officially return to the AL batting race, getting back on the 3.1 plate appearances per game pace needed to qualify. If he doesn’t get it tonight, he’ll most likely get it tomorrow afternoon. It’s not a big deal to him at this point, obviously, but with about a 42-point lead on the next-best AL hitter (Jason Kipnis), it’ll put him on pace for his fourth batting title in five years.

The Jays load up on right-handed hitters, save for Ben Revere and Ryan Goins. That’s going to present a challenge for Matt Boyd, who’s allowing a .405 batting average to right-handed hitters this season. Toronto, meanwhile, is batting .285 against lefties, tied for the best in the Majors (with the Tigers, actually — thanks to MLB Network research for the tidbits).

Radio note: With the Lions playing their third preseason game tonight, the Tigers are only on AM 1270 in Detroit, not 97.1 FM.

Gameday | TV: FS Detroit, MLB.TV | Radio: AM 1270, Gameday Audio

tigerslogoTIGERS (career numbers off R.A. Rickey)

  1. Rajai Davis, LF (5-for-8, 2 doubles, walk, 2 K’s)
  2. Ian Kinsler, 2B (6-for-16, 2 HR, walk, K)
  3. Miguel Cabrera, 1B (6-for-24, double, 2 HR, 2 walks, 2 K’s)
  4. Victor Martinez, DH (4-for-16, double, 3 walks, 3 K’s)
  5. J.D. Martinez, RF (3-for-8, double, HR, walk, K)
  6. Nick Castellanos, 3B (2-for-7, double, 2 walks, K)
  7. James McCann, C (1-for-3, triple)
  8. Jose Iglesias, SS (2-for-2, double)
  9. Anthony Gose, CF (1-for-3)

P: Matt Boyd

jayslogoBLUE JAYS

  1. Troy Tulowitzki, SS
  2. Josh Donaldson, 3B
  3. Jose Bautista, RF
  4. Edwin Encarnacion, DH
  5. Chris Colabello, 1B
  6. Kevin Pillar, CF
  7. Ben Revere, LF
  8. Ryan Goins, 2B
  9. Josh Thole, C

P: R.A. Dickey

Thursday’s lineups: Tigers vs. Angels

  
Aside from Alex Avila behind the plate, Randy Wolf gets the regular team behind him for the day game after the night game, and Matt Shoemaker gets a welcoming party on his return to Michigan (and return to the big leagues, for that matter, having been recalled from Triple-A Salt Lake for this start).

The good news for Wolf, as MLB Network points out, is that he’s catching Mike Trout and Albert Pujols slumping. Trout is batting .200 (17-for-85) with one home run and five runs scored this month. Pujols is batting .186 (8-for-43) over his last 12 games, though half of those hits have been homers.

tigerslogoTIGERS (career numbers vs. Shoemaker)

  1. Ian Kinsler, 2B (2-for-6, double, K)
  2. Tyler Collins, LF (1-for-2, double)
  3. Miguel Cabrera, 1B (1-for-6, K)
  4. Victor Martinez, DH (0-for-3, K)
  5. J.D. Martinez, RF (1-for-5, walk, K)
  6. Nick Castellanos, 3B (0-for-2)
  7. Alex Avila, C (0-for-2, K)
  8. Jose Iglesias, SS (0-for-1, walk)
  9. Anthony Gose, CF (0-for-2, walk, K)

P: Randy Wolf

angelslogoANGELS (career numbers against Wolf)

  1. Kole Calhoun, RF
  2. Mike Trout, CF
  3. Albert Pujols, DH (13-for-46, 3 doubles, 3 HR, 4 walks, 4 K’s)
  4. C.J. Cron, 1B
  5. Erick Aybar, SS (1-for-7, K)
  6. Shane Victorino, LF (7-for-26, 2 doubles, 2 triples, HR, walk, 2 K’s)
  7. Carlos Perez, C
  8. Kaleb Cowart, 3B
  9. Grant Green, 2B

P: Matt Shoemaker

Wednesday’s lineups: Tigers vs. Angels

  
Though Brad Ausmus said last night that the idea of swapping Victor Martinez and J.D. Martinez in the batting order had been discussed, he downplayed it Wednesday.

“It was discussed,” Ausmus said.

So for now, Victor Martinez remains the cleanup hitter, with J.D. Martinez batting behind him. He has historically been a stronger hitter batting right-handed against left-handed pitchers, but Hector Santiago has been an exception for him in their limited meetings. Actually, none of their right-handed hitters have hit Santiago very well compared with what they do against other lefties, even Chris Sale.

Gameday | TV: FS Detroit, MLB.TV | Radio: 97.1 FM, AM 1270, Gameday Audio

rallysquirrelTIGERS (career numbers against Santiago)

  1. Rajai Davis, LF (1-for-10, HR, walk, 4 K’s)
  2. Ian Kinsler, 2B (3-for-13, double, 3 walks, K)
  3. Miguel Cabrera, 1B (2-for-11, 3 walks, 3 K’s)
  4. Victor Martinez, DH (3-for-13, 2 doubles, walk, 2 K’s)
  5. J.D. Martinez, RF (1-for-6, K)
  6. Nick Castellanos, 3B (0-for-7, 3 K’s)
  7. James McCann, C (0-for-2, walk, K)
  8. Jose Iglesias, SS (2-for-7, walk, K)
  9. Anthony Gose, CF

P: Justin Verlander

rallymonkeyANGELS (career numbers vs. Verlander)

  1. Kole Calhoun, RF (0-for-3, walk, 2 K’s)
  2. Mike Trout, CF (1-for-6, 2 walks, K)
  3. Albert Pujols, 1B (8-for-16, 3 doubles, HR, 6 walks, 3 K’s)
  4. David Murphy, LF (11-for-35, double, triple, 5 walks, 7 K’s)
  5. Erick Aybar, SS (10-for-29, 2 doubles, 2 walks, 2 K’s)
  6. C.J. Cron, DH (2-for-3, double)
  7. Chris Iannetta, C (2-for-8, double, 2 K’s)
  8. Kaleb Cowart, 3B
  9. Ryan Jackson, 2B

P: Hector Santiago

Tuesday’s lineups: Tigers vs. Angels

Brad Ausmus said yesterday he was treating this just-finished stretch of back-to-back travel days as a chance to get guys days off. Tonight is Ian Kinsler’s turn. It’s his first game out of the lineup since July 8 and his third all season.

TIGERS (career numbers against Jered Weaver)

  1. Anthony Gose, CF (1-for-3)
  2. Jose Iglesias, SS (2-for-8, K)
  3. Miguel Cabrera, DH (8-for-26, 4 doubles, HR, 4 walks, 3 K’s)
  4. Victor Martinez, 1B (7-for-25, double, 5 walks, 4 K’s)
  5. J.D. Martinez, RF (2-for-3, double)
  6. Tyler Collins, LF (1-for-3, K)
  7. Nick Castellanos, 3B (0-for-2, K)
  8. James McCann, C (0-for-2, K)
  9. Andrew Romine, 2B (1-for-2)

P: Alfredo Simon

ANGELS (career numbers off Simon)

  1. Kole Calhoun, RF
  2. Mike Trout, CF (3-for-4, 2 doubles)
  3. Albert Pujols, 1B (0-for-1)
  4. David Murphy, LF (4-for-11, double, 2 walks, K)
  5. Erick Aybar, SS (3-for-6, 2 HR, walk)
  6. C.J. Cron, DH
  7. Carlos Perez, C
  8. Kaleb Cowart, 3B
  9. Grant Green, 2B

P: Jered Weaver

Makeup game lineups: Tigers at Reds


The teams have changed, and so has the weather thankfully. But the ballpark is the same.

Will check later, but presuming a day off for Jose Iglesias with the lefty-favorable matchup in the middle of a long stretch of games. Just days off for Jose Iglesias and Alex Avila today, Brad Ausmus said, not a matter of playing the matchups. Keyvius Sampson is giving up a .324 (12-for-37) average to left-handed hitters this season, compared with .205 (9-for-44) to right-handed batters, though the splits are reversed when including his minor-league numbers (.273 vs. righties, .213 vs. lefties). Andrew Romine gets the start at shortstop, and Alex Avila starts at catcher.

Last but not least, Buck Farmer gets the chance to follow up on his base hit from last week at Wrigley Field. Victor Martinez sits.

tigers1927logoTIGERS

  1. Anthony Gose, CF
  2. Ian Kinsler, 2B
  3. Miguel Cabrera, 1B
  4. J.D. Martinez, RF
  5. Tyler Collins, LF
  6. Nick Castellanos, 3B
  7. Alex Avila, C
  8. Andrew Romine, SS
  9. Buck Farmer, P

mrredlogoREDS

  1. Skip Schumaker, LF
  2. Eugenio Suarez, SS
  3. Joey Votto, 1B
  4. Brandon Phillips, 2B
  5. Todd Frazier, 3B
  6. Jay Bruce, RF
  7. Jason Bourgeois, CF
  8. Tucker Barnhart, C
  9. Keyvius Sampson, P
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