Sunday’s lineups: Tigers at Astros

As expected, Jhonny Peralta and Torii Hunter get the day off. Interestingly, so does catcher Alex Avila. Reports from Houston say Avila is under the weather.

Interesting note: Every Tiger who has faced Philip Humber has at least one hit off of him. Don Kelly doesn’t, but he has never faced him. Combined, the Tigers are 13-for-41 lifetime against Humber from his time with the White Sox.

By contrast, the few Astros who have faced Justin Verlander are 8-for-36 combined against him with 13 strikeouts.


  1. Austin Jackson, CF (1-for-4, walk, 2 K’s off Humber)
  2. Andy Dirks, LF (1-for-4, double, K off Humber)
  3. Miguel Cabrera, 3B (2-for-6, 2 HR, walk off Humber)
  4. Prince Fielder, 1B (1-for-2 off Humber)
  5. Victor Martinez, DH (1-for-3 off Humber)
  6. Don Kelly, RF
  7. Brayan Pena, C (1-for-2 off Humber)
  8. Omar Infante, 2B (1-for-1 off Humber)
  9. Ramon Santiago (1-for-3 off Humber)

P: Justin Verlander


  1. Robbie Grossman, CF
  2. Fernando Martinez, LF
  3. Jason Castro, C
  4. Carlos Pena, 1B (6-for-22, 2 doubles, HR, 2 walks, 5 K’s off Verlander)
  5. Carlos Corporan, DH
  6. Brandon Laird, 3B
  7. Rick Ankiel, RF (0-for-5, 3 K’s off Verlander)
  8. Ronny Cedeno, SS (2-for-6, double off Verlander)
  9. Marwin Gonzalez, 2B

P: Philip Humber


can say i remember ever seeing this lineup before. I can hear it now “man Jim took too many bats out of the lineup” and i don’t disagree, however, maybe Jim told torii and jhonny they had the day off before Alex came down with the itis – and didn’t want to tell them they had to play. With that said, they’ve played 27 and 28 games out of 29 (for hunter and jhonny, respectively) so i have no problem with them being out of the lineup.

*can’t say i remember….

Not to mention the two days off coming.
Two or three days ago:”I like to stir the fans up now and then,” Leyland said with a smile. I’ll play Kelly again.”

Yeah, you’d think Kelly needs the day off. 🙂

Way to go,Prine!!!
These Astros might be the reason both WC teams come from the West. They just are not a Major League team. But I dont feel bad. That was the Tigers in 2003.
— Bob

too many pitches, already.

Most damage done by the AAAA players to the AAAA team

110 and call the bullpen. No matter what

Think he’d go along with that?

No, but he has already two. Plus 6 years and 180 MM

Key inning. JL will let him go all the way up to 140 if he has to.

The best outcome. A no hit vs the Astros? no big deal

Day off tomorrow. The bullpen is rested. Call the bullpen

Agree with you 100% on this one, El Tigre. Thank God the Astros got a hit when they did. Bobby Cox was by far the best manager of the recent era that I’ve seen. Maddux used to get so mad when Bobby would pull him with an out in the eighth inning and pitch count of 98. He knew he could go nine and get a complete game, but Bobby was always trying to save the bullets for the post season. Hey, maybe our manager should do that, too. Our manager is very good to hold them under 100 the first outing of the season but after that he is after every out they can give him.

Pretty amazing play by Cabby but a really nice pick-up by Prince on that in between hop. Really nice.

First place but 3 games more and one L more.

Curly fries plus. There’s a conspiracy to make Detroit fans fat. Well it won’t work, because I have recommended that if three Tigers hit a homer in a game, bring your box score to Panera Bread for free Hummus. That’s show them. Anyway, usually when you hit three homers in a game, you got a chance to win. But we can’t enjoy these wins so much because the Royals won’t go away. It’s going to be a dogfight.
Kudos tonight to JV, Prince, Pena, and Downs. Her’s Sunday’s three from my point of view:
1. The Dirksmeister. Not only did he go 4 for 4, but he had another eleven pitch at bat for a walk, after falling behind 0-2. Great game Andy.
2. The two defensive plays by Miggy and Biggy. By George, to be big guys, they sure have athletic talent and soft hands. Miggy’s throw will be the top play of the month.Great concentration and super talent. Man, what a defensive beast we have
as a ball club. Kidding a little, but more than adequate to compete. On to DC. Good night all!

Number three was Ajax’s catch to end the game. Super Talent. From my end no typing skills

Would you believe I didn’t know JV had a no-hitter until the 6th inning? Between trying to watch the game while changing my guitar strings and having dinner, I missed that fact entirely. So I only had about two outs worth of tension. Would have been crazy with that pitch count and the no-no attempt. No matter what decision Jim would have made, 50% of everyone would have disagreed, and vehemently.
The good stuff is covered in the previous comments you all made. That throw by Cabrera in real time looked like an optical illusion. Remember when people thought he couldn’t play thirdbase? Best player in baseball, easily.

Greg, I got tickets for June 1st in Baltimore.

This is what we have been waiting for. Sparky said it takes 30 games for a team to show its true colors. I like blue, and orange, both with an olde english D!

During my 14 years here, I have learned to predict the local weather with 100% accuracy guaranteed.
Tuesday’s game: will be a rainout. Or not.
Wednesday’s game: will be a rainout. Or not.
Stay tuned for more 100% accuracy guaranteed forecasts for the region.

Actually, I bought my tickets for Wednesday’s game last Wednesday when the forecast called for 75 and sunny. That forecast changed to the current one 10 minutes after I bought the tickets. True.

Miggy’s catch was unbelievable. I know refer to him as “Miguel Cabrera, the living myth”.

Andy’s probably finally healthy and feeling it. The skip was smart to get him rest – since then he’s been superman!
andy dirks before april 29: .167/.281/.188/.468
andy dirks after april 28: .385/.448/.692/1.141

nobody is probably talking about it, but Ramon Santiago had his best offensive game of the year last night. 2-3 with a walk. I don’t know what it means, but hey good to see ramon smile last night!

what a weekend! This team did this weekend what prior year teams rarely did – beat teams they were supposed to beat. I hope that continues. They certainly seemed to take it out on that team, I ALMOST felt sorry for them. JV was so close,nice to see him get the run support and an outstanding outing.

Good job Ramon Santiago!! Two hits. Drew his first walk of the season. Good solid all round game.

This season we recently ended April on a five game winning streak. Oops we then open May with a loss to the Twins but then go on the road and sweep the Astros four straight. People that is nine out of ten. We did not do that all of last season. In fact, we did not get an 8-2 stretch until the final ten games of the season!! Right now the worst thing we can have is an off day. We look at the schedule and that unfortunately is exactly what we have. Boo!!! Hiss!!! Evan how are you holding up??

DB, Sparky’s magic number was actually 40 games but after thirty games you can sure take a look at some things. Remember that set line up we were hoping to see much of the time?? Well, we have had it ten out of thirty games. We are glad to report that the team has an 8-2 record in those games. Of course, we hope to see them take the field many, many more times together this season. So in those other twenty games did we face mostly lefties?? No just seven with a 3-4 record. That means the skipper switched up the line up thirteen other times. Wow!!! Yes, in fact, he started Don Kelly in nine of those games. We won five of those nine games. Don had some tough luck and went 3 for 30 as a starter. Wow. You know what, as a late inning/extra inning replacement Don has done a fantastic job, 4 for 8 as a hitter. He scored the winning run in that 2-1 14 inning game in Seattle. He knocked in a game winner in the extra inning game in Houston. The next night he coaxed a huge walk in the ninth and Alex followed with his game winning homer. No, during our recent hot streak Don has done well at crunch time. Good job, Don. Go Tigers!!!!

It seems that Kelly makes a positive contribution to every game he’s in. I don’t know how that could be proven, but it sure seems that way.

As a starter with a .100 batting average, Don maybe has contributed three times in nine games. Two times for sure, the catch in the Toronto game and he was a star in the 4-3 win over Houston but did not get a hit. It’s up to you to find number three. Coming into a game late, he has been great this season. Don just understands how to do the little things to help his team win. Also, we must remember that sac fly to defeat the As in the playoffs last year.

wasn’t there a play in the Yankee’s series too?

Nope, no way could I quantify good ABs, a heads up baserunning play, good slides, etc.

already listened to the game again. Watched (taped) highlights while eating/making lunch. Red wings game should help. Tuesday afternoon is going to be bad.

good stats DOK! It’s easy to forget: good bench players do well when they are put into situations. What situations they are put into is the managers decision. Since Don has that ability, is it so awful to think JL does have a soft spot for Don? Besides, everyone thinks the world of Don as a person!

Some people want to put Kelly into the Raburn/Inge/Grilli category. I guess there always has to be that guy on the Tigers roster for some weird reason. Some of our fans are……I don’t know.
By the way, they are literally chanting Raburn’s name in Cleveland, Grilli is one of the best closers the NL, and yesterday Inge started in RF for the Pirates before moving to 2ndbase later in the game. All useful big league players even if they no longer fit in Detroit.

yea but are they spelling his name right tho?

Don’t know. Whoever wrote the article spelled the RA-BURN! chant correctly…..

Recent Tiger alums and how they are doing. Ryan Raburn @ Cleveland was beyond on fire last week with 11 for 12 and 4 homers in a three game stretch. Oh, he comes to town this weekend so we will see him then. Jeff Baker has eerily similar numbers to Matt Tuiasosopo for the Rangers. We go to Texas this month. Brandon Inge did the right thing this year and played most of April at AAA Indianapolis. Between spring training, AAA, and the Pirates, he has played all the infield positions and possibly all the OF positions and currently carries a .294 BA although no homers yet. We, of course, have the Pirates later this month, too. We already saw Brennan in our home opening series with the Yanks and so far it has been a struggle for him as he is hitting under .200 as a bench player. Delmon Young had surgery after last season and still is struggling at .167 and 1 homer for the Phillies. Hey, we will play the Phillies later, too. Did all these guys sign on with teams that would play the Tigers this year for a reason??

Found another one. Clete Thomas is playing against the Mud hens tonight and currently carries a .365 ave with power for Rochester. Mud Hens are in another scoreless pitching duel with the highlight so far being a play where Castellanos gunned down a runner at the plate.

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