September 14th, 2012

Friday’s lineups: Tigers at Indians

I’ll spare you the Tigers’ numbers off Corey Kluber aside from Delmon Young, who went 2-for-3 with a double off him on Sept. 3.

TIGERS

  1. Austin Jackson, cf
  2. Andy Dirks, lf
  3. Miguel Cabrera, 3b
  4. Prince Fielder, 1b
  5. Delmon Young, dh
  6. Brennan Boesch, rf
  7. Jhonny Peralta, ss
  8. Alex Avila, c
  9. Omar Infante, 2b

P: Justin Verlander

INDIANS

  1. Shin-Soo Choo, rf (3-for-7, double, HR off Verlander this year)
  2. Jason Kipnis, 2b
  3. Carlos Santana, c (1-for-6, HR off Verlander this year)
  4. Russ Canzler, lf
  5. Casey Kotchman, 1b
  6. Lonnie Chisenhall, 3b
  7. Matt LaPorta, dh
  8. Ezequiel Carrera, cf
  9. Jason Donald, ss

P: Corey Kluber

How rainout affects Tigers rotation

Jim Leyland had spent a good amount of time in August planning out his rotation for the stretch run. Part of it was about lining up his best rotation possible for seven games against the White Sox. Part of it, too, was about trying to get his starters an extra day of rest when he could.

Thursday night’s rainout in Chicago (the night part of that really got them, because the weather was dry during the day) didn’t throw a big wrench into the plans, but it changes it up for the coming days. Justin Verlander’s matchup with the White Sox, obviously, is out. A rematch with the Indians, who beat him in July thanks to a four-run seventh inning, is on.

Max Scherzer is not going to get the makeup game Monday afternoon at U.S. Cellular Field. He’ll keep the extra day of rest he was scheduled to get after throwing 115 pitches Wednesday, and he’ll get the opener against an Oakland A’s squad that is going to be a challenge for the Tigers to beat unless they get outstanding starting pitching. Justin Verlander and Anibal Sanchez will finish out the series.

The White Sox, meanwhile, will have to face Fister coming off back-to-back seven-inning victories, including a two-hit performance against the White Sox Tuesday night.

By keeping Scherzer and the rest of the rotation on track from Tuesday on, the Tigers keep the pitching matchups they want for the stretch run. Barring another rainout, Scherzer is on track to make three more starts after Tuesday, including the regular-season finale Oct. 3 in Kansas City.

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