May 16th, 2011

Monday: Tigers vs. Jays, Scherzer vs. Bautista

I don’t usually get too much into individual matchups, particularly batter against pitcher. A pitcher can shut down a major part of a team’s lineup and still end up losing. Jose Bautista pounded the Tigers for the final two games in Toronto, and Miguel Cabrera had a pretty powerless series, and the Tigers still won.

That said, I’m going to be really interested to watch Max Scherzer pitching to Jose Bautista, and I would’ve been even if Bautista hadn’t homered three times yesterday against the Twins. Bautista has killed the Tigers over the last year and a half, and particularly tonight’s starting pitcher. He’s 4-for-5 with two doubles, a homer lifetime off Scherzer. Add in three walks, and it means Scherzer has retired Bautista once in eight career plate appearances. That one out came while Scherzer was pitching for Arizona. Bautista has six plate apperances without an out against Scherzer in a Tiger uniform.

On the Tigers side, Andy Dirks was in the lineup for Sunday’s rainout, and he’s in the lineup today. Lineup carries over,  except Ramon Santiago starts at second base in Scott Sizemore’s place.


  1. Austin Jackson, CF
  2. Andy Dirks, LF
  3. Brennan Boesch, RF
  4. Miguel Cabrera, 1B
  5. Victor Martinez, DH
  6. Jhonny Peralta, SS
  7. Alex Avila, C
  8. Brandon Inge, 3B
  9. Ramon Santiago, 2B
P: Max Scherzer

  1. Yunel Escobar, SS
  2. Corey Patterson, LF
  3. Jose Bautista, RF
  4. Edwin Encarnacion, 1B
  5. Aaron Hill, 2B
  6. Juan Rivera, DH
  7. J.P. Arencibia, C
  8. Rajai Davis, CF
  9. John McDonald, 3B
P: Kyle Drabek