Wednesday: Tigers vs. Rays

Brandon Inge is out of the lineup for a second straight day, but not apparently for health reasons. I don’t think it’s a longer-term move so much as it’s an effort to get him away for a couple days and try out something different around the top of the order. Left-handed hitters are 17-for-46 (.370) off Andy Sonnanstine this year, compared with 11-for-50 (.220) from right-handed batters.

Jim Leyland talked this morning before the lineup was posted. Here’s what he said about Inge and Don Kelly yesterday:

“I’m looking to try to find some more combinations, keep guys sharp by playing them, and find some combinations to get a little more offense.”

TIGERS

  1. Austin Jackson, CF
  2. Don Kelly, 3B
  3. Brennan Boesch, RF
  4. Miguel Cabrera, 1B
  5. Victor Martinez, DH
  6. Andy Dirks, LF
  7. Jhonny Peralta, SS
  8. Alex Avila, C
  9. Scott Sizemore, 2B

P: Brad Penny

RAYS

  1. Sean Rodriguez, SS
  2. Ben Zobrist, 2B
  3. Johnny Damon, DH
  4. Evan Longoria, 3B
  5. Matt Joyce, RF
  6. B.J. Upton, CF
  7. Casey Kotchman, 1B
  8. Justin Ruggiano, LF
  9. Kelly Shoppach, C

P: Andy Sonnanstine

18 Comments

What Leyland is really saying:

“I’m looking to try to find some more combinations, keep guys sharp by playing them (excepting Ramon Santiago), and find some combinations to get a little more offense.”

reckon that’s cuz ramon doesn’t play 3rd base. His last 3 games (may 21,20 and 16) he went 3-9 (with a HR) …so he’s not going to bump jhonny out (since jhonny’s defense has be pretty good). With that said, Don “Leyland’s boy” Kelly has batted 2-8 his past 3 games compared to Brandon “Leyland’s original boy” Inge is 2-10 his past 3 games.

I like today’s lineup, although i’d switch avilia and Dirks positions in the lineup….but that’s just my opinion and it could go either way.

Peralta continues to be one of the more productive fantasy shortstops so far this season

Radar does not look promising, lots of reds and yellows headed the D way.

Odd having 2 day games in a row, although this one might get delayed into a night game!

What the SOC is really saying is I do not believe in team chemistry. AJ, Dirks, Miggy, AA, VMart, BB, Peralta, Kelly, Ramon. Why change the lineup every day? I am just a fan who sometimes listens to the ticket, 97.1. Also, did anyone notice on the JV interview that he did not agree with his manager saying he might be to hyped up sometimes?

The weather is abominable here in mid-MI and heading west. Doubt if they get this one in, but will look at the doppler.

Not loooking good. Maybe a few innings, but the rain is already in Jackson.

Ramon can play short and JP can play 3rd. It’s not rocket science.

Ramon can play second too. Peralta have been better than expected a SS.

Geez, radar gets worse and worse, how long would they be willing for a delay? Toledo area has tornado watch until 9 pm, hate to see a lead get lost in a rain out.

Peralta has indeed been good at short, but there’s nothing wrong with moving him to third. That is, after all, why he was acquired last season; to replace Inge, and replacing Inge is what we’re talking about. I’d like to put the best team possible on the field, and inserting Santiago accomplishes that. I can understand them wanting to develop Sizemore, but there’s certainly no development left for Inge. And not to take anything away from Kelly, he’s done a good job at third and upgrades the hitting from that position quite a bit.
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I welcomed this rain delay to get some work done, but it’s gone way beyond that now. It looks clear for the evening. Will they wait for that?

Too bad, I thought we had a good shot at taking today’s game. I liked the matchup. That’s the second consecutive week that we’ve had a winning streak interrupted by a rainout. The previous 7-game streak was followed by a 5-game losing streak.

Sizemore is hitting .154 against righties to Ramons .302. At least some platooning of 2B is a no brainer along with Kelly for Inge.
Ramon hits free agency next year – just hope he can be free of the SOC’s shackles and remain a Tig.
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Amazing Curtis is leading the Yanks with 36 RBI’s to go with his 16 HR’s only second to the freak run of Bautista. What surprised me was his stats away are just as good away from prevailing home right field advantage. Also amazing is he is slugging .815 against lefties compared to a still very good .547 against righties. Miggs for comparison is a career .552 slugger.

Is the air hopefully starting to escape from the Indians bubble? Crazy their start yet are only 1-6 against the Twins and Chisox.
Wonder what the lowest ever winning record has been to secure Central? It could well be broken this year.

Not counting the strike-shortened 1994 season, the 1997 Indians won it at 86-75. Not playing the full 162 games puts them half a game ahead of our 2009 Tigers who tied with the Twins at 86-76.

Thanks Rich.
I feel Chisox are the only team capable of sustaining a run to get anywhere close to 90, though their relief has arguably cost them more than the Tigs despite a much better ERA.

It’s good to see the support for Ramon on the blog. It seems like it would have been, at the very least, logical to start him at second today. I like Sizemore, but against the RHP you just scratch your head and wonder what JL’s thought process is….Scratch that, it isn’t worth the aggravation.
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Our Tigers gained a half a game on everybody in the Central today without even playing. Pretty tricky.

Regarding Valverde’s pitching the 9th inning day before yesterday with a 5 run lead, I understand your explanation Rich. But (and I admit I don’t understand all the workings of the bull pen) why wasn’t there another option warming up along side of JVIII? And even if there weren’t anyone, why couldn’t someone have gotten right up as soon as that 6th run scored? Leyland could have employed a trick or two to buy a little time to lengthen the bottom 8th…just thinkin.
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Point is moot since Beniot got the job done last night.

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