Sunday: Tigers vs. Nationals

Aside from the missing players from the World Baseball Classic, it’s an Opening Day lineup for the Tabbies. No Quintin Berry just yet, at least not in the starting lineup.

The Nationals, meanwhile, sent a pretty decent lineup across Florida for this one, headlined by Bryce Harper. Dan Haren will continue his quest to try to crack this Washington pitching staff. Former Tigers second baseman Will Rhymes is on travel squad for the Nats, but he is not starting.

Four left-handed batters and a switch-hitter in the Washington lineup should give a decent test for Porcello and his effectiveness against lefties.

TIGERS

  1. Austin Jackson, CF
  2. Torii Hunter, RF
  3. Victor Martinez, DH
  4. Prince Fielder, 1B
  5. Andy Dirks, LF
  6. Jhonny Peralta, SS
  7. Alex Avila, C
  8. Don Kelly, 3B
  9. Kevin Russo, 2B

P: Rick Porcello, Brayan Villarreal, Joaquin Benoit, Duane Below, Kenny Faulk, Luis Marte

NATIONALS

  1. Corey Brown, RF
  2. Steve Lombardozzi, 2B
  3. Bryce Harper, CF
  4. Wilson Ramos, C
  5. Tyler Moore, LF
  6. Chad Tracy, DH
  7. Chris Marrero, 1B
  8. Matt Skole, 3B
  9. Anthony Rendon, SS

P: Dan Haren, Yuniesky Maya, Ryan Mattheus, Drew Storen

21 Comments

They are deliberately not giving Castellanos enough at bats IMO. Kobernus has had about twice the plate appearances as NC. It’s plenty clear they have a plan in mind. And they are probably right in sending NC down to ensure he gets his reps but at least get him in there.

This is about as good and concise a recap of roster possibilities as can be desired.
From Lynn Henning:

http://www.detroitnews.com/article/20130310/OPINION03/303100314/Nick-Castellanos-proving-he-ll-get-call-Tigers-sooner-than-later?odyssey=tab|topnews|text|FRONTPAGE

Henning thinks there’s a chance they’ll trade Santiago and keep Worth instead. I suppose it’s possible but at $2 million/season there won’t be many takers unless Tigers eat a substantial amount of that contract.
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To me, the bullpen is still muddled. several guys on the fringe like Downs and Marte who could make it or get farmed.
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I agree pretty much with what he said about Rondon. He’ll be unfamiliar to the league which will work to his advantage. needs to establish the fastball (i.e. be able to throw it for strikes) and have at least one secondary pitch that he can get hitters to chase or at least throw intermittently for strikes. hard to be successful with one pitch, even if it’s a plus pitch, unless Mariano Rivera is on the mound.

Will Rhymes is Encapsulated Determination!

I do like the way Kobernus swings the bat. He has an aggressive swing through the contact zone. Looks like he means business. Wish Alex would take note.

the 2 walks yesterday, very encouraging. his minor league record shows that he hardly took a walk. still wondering whether his speed will translate into a high SB success rate at MLB level. he’s had one unsuccessful steal attempt this spring?

I only got to see Kobernus run out of the box so I can’t judge his first step. When he gets going, he has that long athletic stride that covers ground quickly. Seems like that would help him in the OF too.
I hope Jim opens up the steal game as we go along.

Most people here is saying Fire Sojo. Still, Im worried about the physiological impact of the defeat. They had no good pitching but were an offense dream team and failed.
Miguel ended 1 for 7 and Infante after scoring the first run was the last out.Infante like most of the players was making swing for the fences like Magglio in 2009. I hope he does not carry it into the ST and the season

They always want to fire the manager, don’t they?
Anyone familiar with baseball knows that a short series or tournament can swing many ways. Baseball is a game of the long haul, day to day.

It his third failed attempt. And he has been accused of favoring his family and the brewery that sponsor the the team.
I rather see him under fire than the players( our Tigers players)

At this point in ST, I see Kobernus, Santiago, Boesch, and Pena as the bench. Worth has an option and Toledo is just down the road. I don’t know the situations of Kelly and Berry. Can they be held in reserve at Toledo also?

Kelly can ask to be released t if he fail to do the team

Thanks.
Kelly’s best chance to play in the bigs is to stay with Detroit. He shouldn’t ask for a release. All of these guys will see time in Detroit this season.

Porcello is having a heck of a spring! Scrapped that slider.

Infante 3 for 3 playing 2B . Miguel 1 for 3

You can never accuse Rick of being unable to deliver under pressure.

DD should keep Ricky. It should be an offer that can’t be refused, otherwise. If they want to trade a starter I’d suggest Fister ahead of Porcello. I like Fister but he will be approaching decline at a time when Ricky is in incline.
Again, it would have to be a killer trade. One that would bring in a shortstop that does everything right. One that can lead-off and steal bases. One that can cover so much ground it makes you wonder if you even need a 3rd baseman.
Now, with Suarez and Machado maturing you can say be patient. I am not patient. This year will be the best chance the Tigers have had in a long time. You have to take advantage.
If I had to predict I would say Ricky gets dealt though.

Porcello ST ERA in 2012: 1.59 /Season:4.59. It is a mirage. His career ERA is 4.55 and with 691 innings before 24 YO , a dead arm is more probable than a long career.

I can’t agree with that. What I saw in Florida wasn’t a mirage, and scrapping the slider was a wise move. And there’s nothing in his mechanics that suggest future arm trouble.

If anyone is interested there is a nice article about Miguel on the espn website.

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