Saturday: Tigers vs. Royals

It’s the second home game of the season, the day when the Tigers start to really settle into a routine at Comerica Park. For Casper Wells, however, it’s Opening Day. The last Tigers position player to get a start is in the lineup today, getting the start against lefty Bruce Chen.

Look for some more creativity if the Tigers take a lead into the seventh inning. Leyland is looking for six innings or so out of Phil Coke, and both Brayan Villarreal and Daniel Schlereth are off today since they pitched teh last couple days. Could be a spot for Robbie Weinhardt to get his first appearance, or it could be a day for Leyland to mix and match Brad Thomas and Enrique Gonzalez again. We’ll see.

TIGERS

  1. Austin Jackson, CF
  2. Will Rhymes, 2B
  3. Magglio Ordonez, DH
  4. Miguel Cabrera, 1B
  5. Victor Martinez, C
  6. Ryan Raburn, LF
  7. Jhonny Peralta, SS
  8. Brandon Inge, 3B
  9. Casper Wells, RF

P: Phil Coke

ROYALS

  1. Chris Getz, 2B
  2. Melky Cabrera, CF
  3. Alex Gordon, LF
  4. Billy Butler, DH
  5. Kila Ka’aihue, 1B
  6. Jeff Francoeur, RF
  7. Wilson Betemit, 3B
  8. Brayan Pena, C
  9. Alcides Escobar, SS

P: Bruce Chen

7 Comments

Can’t believe I am saying this but this lineup makes sense. (Wells being in it). Could have gone with Ramon at 2B too.
Rhymes seems to be just fine against LHP. But in my mind Ramon has to play some and he is better fielder without doubt.

Defense? What is good defense?

Looks Chen is getting a rather generous strike zone! Let’s make it fair ump!

Cy-Chen is making the tigers look pathetic! Coke has done pretty well!

Just getting home from work to see Maggs at the plate with bases loaded and swings at first pitch. Ugh. Looks like Coke did OK? Will watch later on replay. How could we lose this?

Chen pitched well, made good use of a very large strike zone, and our hitters had less than solid ABs. Chen had done that in the past, but we usually made an adjustment. Not today.
That might have been the most impressive AB I’ve ever seen Boesch have when he drew that walk.
Too bad Coke had that spate of early walks because this could have been an even better pitching duel.
I don’t see how that homeplate ump even makes that call on Rhymes from the position he’d taken up. Is that the second time this week that a call has turned on the opposing player selling it?
3-5. Just to make clear, you’re not competing for anything yet when you’re under .500.

That home plate call, was bad! Second time in a week a bad call, may of ost the tigers a game. But to make it worse, he wasn’t even in a position to make the correct call!

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