September 20th, 2010

Monday: Tigers vs. Royals

Remember when the Tigers loaded up on right-handed hitters to face John Danks last night? How could you not? It was just a few hours ago. Well, they’re going in the opposite direction tonight against Royals ace Zack Greinke. Opponents from the left side bat .271 with a .757 OPS against Greinke this season, compared with .236 and .598 from right-handers. The differences aren’t as great since the All-Star break, but you get the idea.

Thus, Austin Jackson gets a game off, though he has hit right-handed pitchers better. In his place is Don Kelly, 2-for-5 off Greinke, and batting third in front of Cabrera. Brennan Boesch and Ramon Santiago also get starts, while Jhonny Peralta is off.

TIGERS

  1. Rhymes, 2B
  2. Damon, DH
  3. Kelly, CF
  4. Cabrera, 1B
  5. Boesch, RF
  6. Raburn, LF
  7. Avila, C
  8. Inge, 3B
  9. Santiago, SS

P: Rick Porcello

ROYALS

  1. Gregor Blanco, CF
  2. Mike Aviles, 2B
  3. Billy Butler, DH
  4. Wilson Betemit, 3B
  5. Kila Ka’aihue, 1B
  6. Brayan Pena, C
  7. Alex Gordon, LF
  8. Yuniesky Betancourt, SS
  9. Mitch Maier, RF

P: Zack Greinke

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