September 7th, 2011

Wednesday: Tigers at Indians

As he said, Jim Leyland has his fresh legs in the lineup for the series finale — Will Rhymes at second, Don Kelly in right, Andy Dirks in left batting third. Rhymes, fittingly, is batting second behind a red-hot hitting Austin Jackson, which allows him to move Jackson along if he gets on base. That was his purpose batting second earlier in the year, but Jackson wasn’t hitting then.

Count the hitters, and the Tigers have four left-handed bats and three switch-hitters against Masterson. The only righties are Austin Jackson and Miguel Cabrera, and they’re pretty good these days in their own right.


  1. Austin Jackson, CF
  2. Will Rhymes, 2B
  3. Andy Dirks, LF
  4. Miguel Cabrera, 1B
  5. Victor Martinez, DH
  6. Alex Avila, C
  7. Wilson Betemit, 3B
  8. Don Kelly, RF
  9. Ramon Santiago, SS

P: Rick Porcello


  1. Ezequiel Carrera, CF
  2. Kosuke Fukudome, RF
  3. Asdrubal Cabrera, SS
  4. Carlos Santana, C
  5. Jim Thome, DH
  6. Shelley Duncan, 1B
  7. Lonnie Chisenhall, 3B
  8. Jason Donald, 2B
  9. Trevor Crowe, LF

P: Justin Masterson