Saturday: Tigers vs. Yankees

Another game for Matt Tuiasosopo in left field, this time against a very good lefty in Andy Pettitte. No start for Jeff Kobernus. Other than that, it’s the regular lineup.

If you’re looking for a test to see if this spring Tuiasosopo is enjoying suggests he can hit in the big leagues, today might be a good start. It’s the time of spring when starting pitchers are usually working towards their regular-season arsenal, which means a lot of everything from Pettitte.

No TV for this game, surprisingly. You can listen on 97.1 FM in Detroit and MLB Gameday Audio online.

TIGERS

  1. Austin Jackson, CF
  2. Torii Hunter, RF
  3. Miguel Cabrera, 3B
  4. Prince Fielder, 1B
  5. Victor Martinez, DH
  6. Matt Tuiasosopo, LF
  7. Jhonny Peralta, SS
  8. Alex Avila, C
  9. Omar Infante, 2B

P: Anibal Sanchez, Darin Downs, Bruce Rondon, Luke Putkonen

YANKEES

  1. Brett Gardner, CF
  2. Eduardo Nunez, SS
  3. Ichiro Suzuki, LF
  4. Kevin Youkilis, 3B
  5. Travis Hafner, DH
  6. Juan Rivera, 1B
  7. Ben Francisco, RF
  8. Jayson Nix, 2B
  9. Chris Stewart, C

P: Andy Pettitte, Jim Miller, Cody Eppley

24 Comments

I think Smokey and DD are gambling. They want to keep Kobernus, and they’re betting Tuiasosopo will stop hitting if he faces tougher pitching.

well just look at his stats….he isn’t hitting lefties at the alarming rate he is hitting righties.

Bob, good to hear from you and a great post. You must have been reading my mind. Yes, ST seems long. If you are a lock, you work on getting in regular season shape. If you are “fighting” for a roster spot vs a NC or AG, agree with the part time player thing. Jason, thanks again for the fine writing! Thanks to the regulars for all the comments. If you want to throw insults around, go to Mlive or the Freep. Hey Greg, looking forward to hearing from you! I hope you are well. Go Tigers! –Dave

Oh, and by the way DD, do not trade Ricky!

Tuiasosopo doesn’t have an opt out clause, so he can be assigned to the minors. The experiment, for lack of a better word, with Kobernus can continue into April.
Certain media members keep talking a Porcello trade but I can’t see what we’d get in return that would be as useful as six solid starters. It’s not like we’d get Kimbrell from the Braves or something.

That is kind of my point. The Tigers had their minds made up they were going to use Kobernus as their spare RH hitting outfielder. He isn’t hitting either right or left handed pitching, so they have to put Tuiasosopo in difficult situations or else concede this is not a meritocracy. And that’s OK; Leyland always plays guys based on what he thinks they can do, not what they’ve done. Sometimes it backfires, like with Raburn.

the rumors with Porcello will continue…simply because Tigers have an excess of starters and most teams across the league are looking for more pitching. in this situation, just because there’s a lot of “smoke”, doesn’t mean there’s a “fire.”

Other than trading Porcello, I’ll probably agree with whatever management does here. There’s nothing close to that 3-ring circus audition for 2ndbaseman last spring.

some are discounting Tuiasosopo because of his “failed” prospect status…ie a high draft pick that never panned out. so his track record is a strike against him. however, he did hit over .300 in AAA vs lefties last season, and .220 vs RHP. so he might have success as a platoon guy in MLB. he’s also entering what are considered the “prime” years of a baseball player’s career.

This is a case of Spring Training being important to a player. I think he will be rewarded for his effort this Spring and it will be up to 2E as to how long he last. A trade for Kobernus will be done and he will open the season at AAA.

Why would the Nationals trade Kobernus when they could put him in AAA themselves?

Unless JL and DD change course on Dirks, someone is going to get 200 plus ABs in LF. That scenario requires a significant offensive contribution. It isn’t a role player situation. I remember last year and Raburn getting run out of town after not producing in 205 ABs. I don’t see anyone in Jason’s projected bench group who will do much better. 2E’s performance in ST at least gives hope.

Tuiasosopo wouldn’t be in the lineup against Pettitte if they weren’t seriously thinking about bringing him north. This is his best chance to make the team. He goes 2 for 3 against Pettitte he makes the team.

We are the defending AL Champions. We have the target on our back and we are the hunted. We have eight more spring training games to play. We will play all these teams during the regular season. Just continue to work, study our competition, and stay healthy. Our advance scouts better be in Ft. Myers watching those Twins! Go Tigers!!

I would expect they will take Downs. I don’t see them putting Smyly in the pen. They definitely need Downs.We NEED another lefty in the pen. I know a whole lot of folks think Coke is the pitcher they saw in the post-season. I don’t believe he is. I think he is inconsistent, much like he has been this spring, where he can be dynamite for awhile before becoming very hittable.
Downs may make the cut at AA’s expense.

i agree – long men don’t usually spot start and that’s what we’re going to need smyly for.

Better hang on to Ricky P.

has matt feilded a ball in LF yet today? 1 walk and 1 pop up with men on base…..hopefully petite is still out there when he gets back up

“a sharp line out to CF off a fastball” according to Beck

C’mon Tigers!

Oh, boy. We are tied.

Look at Jason’s twitter remarks, Kobernus headed back to Nationals is being reported.

Dan & Jim think Marte could be the long man.

Appears that Kobernus is returning to the Nationals.

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