Tuesday: Tigers at Astros

There’s a light rain falling here at Osceola County Stadium, but they’re planning on at least starting this game. Given Doug Fister’s injuries last year, it’ll be interesting to see how cautious they might be with him to try to avoid aggravating anything.

Speaking of injuries, Quintin Berry was originally expected to start in center field, but he’s dealing with patellar tendinitis. Andy Dirks also didn’t make the trip as previously hoped, so the outfield ranks are thinned out a bit. Jeff Kobernus will likely play the entire game (if there is a full game) in center.

TIGERS

  1. Jeff Kobernus, CF
  2. Avisail Garcia, RF
  3. Victor Martinez, DH
  4. Prince Fielder, 1B
  5. Jhonny Peralta, SS
  6. Nick Castellanos, LF
  7. Brayan Pena, C
  8. Matt Tuiasosopo, 3B
  9. Hernan Perez, 2B

P: Doug Fister

ASTROS

  1. Tyler Greene, SS
  2. Jose Altuve, 2B
  3. Carlos Pena, 1B
  4. J.D. Martinez, DH
  5. Brett Wallace, 3B
  6. Rick Ankiel, RF
  7. Jason Castro, C
  8. Fernando Martinez, LF
  9. Trevor Crowe, CF

P: Erik Bedard

21 Comments

starting pitching depth took a step in the wrong direction today…

specifically: Duane, Hill, Lobstein and Crosby all look bad.

abeit very early. very very early yet.

The long time wasted in the bench last year derailed Below .He struggled badly in the minors . And now he seems unable to go back to the track. Too early, for sure but…

Why was Rondon pulled??

I wondered that too. Hopefully it was Mr Jim just wanting to get him out with a really sweet taste in his mouth after striking out the LHB Pena.

Rondon had 21 pitches and it was raining fairly hard during his time out there.
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Okay, I’ve seen Castellanos and this guy is a hitter. I’m on board. Good prospect.

yea Nick C can swing the bat! Anyone else notice Jim price can’t pronounce his name for the life of him?

Fister : 2 hits, HR walk, SO. and he was “solid”? So did he look better than the box-score shows?

didn’t see it – jim and dan didn’t sound too worried. However, Duane getting smoked by AAA guys was talked about with a different attitude.

jim and dan spent most of the time gushing over his performance since in a tigers uniform…lol
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On a side note, I love jim price – I even have his t-shirt jersey!

40 years overdue:

http://sports.yahoo.com/mlb/blog/big_league_stew/post/john-baker-posey-injury-should-lead-to-rule-changes-about-sliding?urn=mlb,wp8044

I watched Ray Fosse trying to recover his career damaged by the collision

yea that morgan hit was disgusting.

Fister looked okay. Walked the first guy but got the DP and had them hitting into the ground. Homers happen. He was fine for February.
Peralta does look smoother than last year. Lighter on his feet.
So far, there’s no evidence that we have any starters behind the top six guys, which is all the more reason to keep Porcello. Lynn.
I thought Rondon worked a lot slower than he did on Saturday. Reminded me of Rodney in that regard. That heavy rain wasn’t helping him, so it’s hard to take much from his performance today, unfortunately.

you mean we shouldn’t panic over those 8 straight balls?

the highest paid player on the astros……….is pitching for the pirates. wandy.

Berry injured

“He had some problems with it at the end, which — to be honest with you — I was unaware,” he said (JL). “He thought it was going to get better over the winter.” Again, an injured player manage to hide it

Regular lineup today with Berry in for Dirks.
Two more days of warm weather than it will turn decidedly chilly around these parts. Low 60s on the horizon. I know I know, you wish you had that at home.
Considering whether to attend Scherzer’s start on Sunday.
I forgot to mention the 3-2 changeup Rondon threw Pena yesterday.

showed a lot of confidence in his secondary stuff —— word is bruce has the mental

Obviously patience will be needed with Rondon. The talent is there. The arms is there. Would like to see him shed a few pounds though. Too heavy means less stamina. Back-to-backs get harder. As do high pitch count innings.

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