Sunday: Tigers at Athletics

No Tigers have matched up against A’s starter Jarrod Parker yet, so they have no matchup numbers to rely. However, left-handed hitters are just 5-for-37 (.135) against Parker this year, compared with 10-for-34 (.294) from right-handed batters. That’s not going to make a big difference in the Tigers lineup, where Andy Dirks and Brennan Boesch are going to man the corner outfield spots.

Meanwhile, Justin Verlander is going to face an A’s lineup that’s missing Yoenis Cespedes, Jemile Weeks, Kurt Suzuki, Kila Ka’aihue and now Brandon Inge. Josh Reddick and Seth Smith are red-hot right now, but still, on Mother’s Day in Oakland, this could be interesting.

TIGERS

  1. Austin Jackson, CF
  2. Andy Dirks, LF
  3. Miguel Cabrera, 3B
  4. Prince Fielder, 1B
  5. Delmon Young, DH
  6. Alex Avila, C
  7. Brennan Boesch, RF
  8. Jhonny Peralta, SS
  9. Ryan Raburn, 2B

P: Justin Verlander

ATHLETICS

  1. Cliff Pennington, SS
  2. Collin Cowgill, CF
  3. Josh Reddick, RF
  4. Jonny Gomes, DH
  5. Seth Smith, LF
  6. Josh Donaldson, 3B
  7. Daric Barton, 1B
  8. Anthony Recker, C
  9. Eric Sogard, 2B

P: Jarrod Parker

38 Comments

i’d bat delmon lower he is struggling bad.
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boesch looked good last game tho. If he continues maybe he could bat behind prince.
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hope alex’s knees are doing ok.

What does it matter, with the exception of Dirks and Jackson pretty much everybody is unreliable at the plate.

What’s wrong with Inge? Verlander-itis?

1st inning wasted opportunity #1. Great start.

2nd inning wasted opportunity #2!

Verlander is doing great so far, might want to concentrate and stop squandering opportunities! Geeez

Yes I know I’m chatting with myself here. I am so frustrated after having good AB’s the first couple of inning and raising his pitch cunt, the last 2 innings they couldn’t of been more weak quick at bats! Absolutely infuriating.

Im following the game by Gameday. We have here today the Game of the Week only. It was Verlander´s fault or the 1B did not help him?

Totally Verlander’s fault, threw it way over his head.

So lessons by KR wasted. That is a one of his very few flaws

Cleveland lost again. Sox are losing too. They would remain in second place , two games out. It is easy to live in the Central Division

Are they walking Dirks?

Third hr of the year….

That lead lasted two seconds! Geez

Ok , he was in the showers after the first inning and now looks like he could have a QS

A(ll Star) Jackson

That noisemaker is annoying . Is there not a stadium and /or MLB rule against them? Darn close to the fingernail-chalkboard sound for me. Very close to signing off from an otherwise entertaing game.

Vuvuzelas . A soccer´s fans device

I prefer it to John Adams’ drum in Cleveland.

Andy has been so good, and today he’s come up in a big spot twice and he lays an egg? Go figure.

Trying to do it all himself.

I think your exactly right!

Better ABs today for the most part.

Is JV out of the game, he looked annoyed?

Does anyone completely trust this pen right now?

He shouldn’t take out Verlander against this lineup. You’re about to hang yourself, Jim. Good luck.

Bunting and he served it to him. Fastball to the letters to avoid it

Great Benoit couldn’t get the first hitter out? I smell disaster, that’s what history is telling me right now!

Benoit pulled it off. Buy him dinner, Jimbo. That doesn’t work and the outcry from the fans would resemble a chorus of scorched cats.

So much for the bunt.

Every game feels like someone pulling one of my teeth without anesthetic.

5 four seam fast ball, splitter, fastball again, splitter, splitter. He got away with murder

they made a mom happy!!!!

This is the first time Prince has ever played in Oakland. I know it’s a strange place visually and his 0 for 18 may have a little to do with that. He hadn’t played in Seattle either, but that park isn’t like Oakland.

Well. we got a win. I think Miguel went 0 for 15 in Seattle. Thanks Rich for the line up stats. Be patient, when these guys get it going it will be fun! Go Tigers!

So it turns out Verlander was pulled because of that callus thing with his finger, and I didn’t need to turn it into a test for JL. Oh well, always did want to use that scorched cat line. Conversely, I thought it would have been a great time to give Prince a day off, and he didn’t contribute anything. I wondered why Worth went in to bunt instead of Santiago, but I suppose Ramon is banged up from that ball off his foot on Saturday. Raburn finished with a walk and barely missed a homer by a foot. It will be interesting to see how he does in Chicago.
Can we handle a normal 7 PM start tomorrow night?

Fielder is in the 2nd worst slump of his career and it could easily become the worst if he doesnt get it together. Stubhub is going to have a bunch of 2buck seats for games if this keeps up.

Why dosen’t Jim FLIP FLOP Miggy and Prince? Also let Worth stay at 2nd. Put Young in left. Also let Dirks bat in the number 2 hole. Let Jim do this for 2 weeks straight forget the RIGHTY LEFTY match up.

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