Tuesday’s lineups: Tigers at Indians

Cleveland 009Small sample size, but right-handed hitters are batting way higher (20-for-56, .357) off Corey Kluber than left-handed hitters (14-for-57, .256). It’s big enough for Jim Leyland to take a shot and start Matt Tuiasosopo against a right-hander for a change. With Tuiasosopo in left, Andy Dirks will make his first start in center since Sept. 26, 2011.

On the Indians side, Nick Swisher is out of the lineup tonight after his wife gave birth earlier today. He has been placed on the paternity leave list. No word yet whether he’ll go on the paternity list.

You’ve got a couple of good choices if you want to play a Tiger in MLB.com’s Beat the Streak game. Both Miguel Cabrera and Omar Infante have very good numbers off Corey Kluber. Cabrera is coming off a red-hot series in Texas, while Peralta is facing his old team. That said, Peralta went just 1-for-27 at Progressive Field last season. I still went with Peralta.

You can follow the game online via Gameday, watch online through MLB.TV or listen on MLB.com Gameday Audio. Locally, you can watch on Fox Sports Detroit and listen on 97.1 FM.


  1. Andy Dirks, CF (2-for-11, 3 K’s off Kluber)
  2. Torii Hunter, RF (1-for-3, K off Kluber)
  3. Miguel Cabrera, 3B (4-for-9, HR, walk, 3 K’s off Kluber)
  4. Prince Fielder, 1B (2-for-7, HR off Kluber)
  5. Victor Martinez, DH (0-for-3, walk off Kluber)
  6. Jhonny Peralta, SS (4-for-7, walk, K off Kluber)
  7. Matt Tuiasosopo, LF
  8. Alex Avila, C (2-for-7, walk, 2 K’s off Kluber)
  9. Omar Infante, 2B (2-for-6 off Kluber)

P: Max Scherzer


  1. Michael Bourn, CF (1-for-11, walk, 4 K’s vs. Scherzer)
  2. Jason Kipnis, 2B (3-for-14, 2 walks, 4 K’s vs. Scherzer)
  3. Asdrubal Cabrera, SS (7-for-29, HR, 2 walks, 11 K’s vs. Scherzer)
  4. Michael Brantley, LF (7-for-25, HR, walk, K vs. Scherzer)
  5. Carlos Santana, C (3-for-23, 4 walks, 3 K’s vs. Scherzer)
  6. Mark Reynolds, 1B (0-for-8, walk, 5 K’s vs. Scherzer)
  7. Jason Giambi, DH (0-for-3, 2 K’s vs. Scherzer)
  8. Mike Aviles, 3B (4-for-10, K vs. Scherzer)
  9. Drew Stubbs, RF (0-for-3, K vs. Scherzer)

P: Corey Kluber


Well Alex is still in there, but lower. Is that progress! Right handed bats dominate the lineup yet Pena is not. I don’t go all crazy or even like dissecting daily lineups, but?? I don’t get it unless there is something we just don’t know about.

I wonder if the pitchers request him. He may work better with them than Pena does. That’s the only thing I can think of.

And, people complained about G$$$.

Geez, moment of silence and they have to run their mouths. That ticks me off.

Lynn Henning has a pretty decent baseball mind and is well respected as a sports writer.
However he comes on far too strong for my liking. As a Jim Leyland apologist he feels that Managers don’t lose games, players do. Yet he rails on about how good Leyland is and how lucky fans are to have him. Huh? Why do we need to have a good manager if they have nothing to do with losing games?
The truth is Jim Leyland does lose games for us. He wins some too. Very hard to quantify but part of my criteria is how we play in big games. Leyland has not instilled confidence in me (and by the looks of things, historically) or with his players.
When the big games come you find us cringing on our sofas and Leyland biting his nails hoping and dreaming for a favourable outcome.
Do the players like to play for him? I’m sure they do. They probably respect him as much as anyone in their lives. That is not the same thing as crafting a team with a mindset that they will NOT lose or that will run through a wall for you.

Henning wants to trade: Porcello, Peralta, Garcia, Scherzer and Miguel. So I dont read him anymore

Well Max isn’t fooling anybody…..picking right up were the other three left off. (jV, AS, DF)

Looks like that statement was a little premature. Jk. Lol.

Cy Kluber on a terror!

Sad stretch. The “Big 4” can’t get through the first inning less than 20 pitches. What’ gotten into them?

discombobulated. That’s how they look to me. Shades of ’08.

Really putting pressure on Kluber………

This is looking pretty grim..

Thinking the same thing making another mediocre to bad pitcher look unhittable. These are not the Tigers I thought I was going to get.

This is a pretty big series, although it’s still very early in the season. This is one the Tigers should win, though.

Home run, double, home run!!!!!!!!

Can’t stomach the Indian announcers.
Remember the comment about managers not winning games, players do.
Well I will say the JL’s substitution of Kelly for 2E is one of those decisions that managers make that CAN win games.

Don’t tell me you think Leyland did something right? Lol

If RH hits better vs this pitcher,it was Garcia the right choice

Both are right handed so probably either.

I misread him. I was thinking about the 5th inning substitution

Went for a bike ride and walked in just as Andy hit the HR.

Max has been super tonight. JV should be watching and taking notes. Sometimes offspeed and slower can work better than the heat. Max has done a great job of mixing and matching tonight. Hopefully, JV has his secondary pitches working tomorrow.
— Bob

What Jones said was good

Ouch! Golden Sombrero.
— Bob

Honestly that strikeout there in the 8 th to Fielder, don’t tell me the catcher comes completely out of his crouch standing straight up, you don’t see it and you still swing at something over your head. Get it together Prince..that ridiculous.


Teheran tried yesterday for the Braves with 115

Let him finish it. They have no answer right now. Dont give them any hope.
— Bob

Andy !!!! That was huge. Way to battle in an 0-2 hole.
— Bob

14 Ks by the Tigers tonight.

And 18 LOB.

There we go.


That was no stolen base…that was defensive indifference….homer scoring decision.

That was a TERRIFIC pitching performance by Scherzer. Good as a no-hitter.
Those two add-on runs in the 9th made the difference in this one.
Jim got Benoit up as soon as Verlverde nailed Ass-drubal with that first splitter.
After hard times, one win is pretty sweet.


Nice win, boys. Let’s finish the sending the message to the Tribe tomorrow with JV.
Go Tigers.
— Bob

VV had good stuff. His fastball was 94-96 (at least 5 at 96) and his splitter was 83-85. Even so, I sure felt nervous.

3-1 in the bottom of the 9th and that’s a completely different outcome, I’ll bet. Those guys over there are tenacious in the 9th.

I like to give credit when due and guff when it is due too.

Well, what about that? All those guys who blog during the game, gave up on Gumby,er I mean Max really early. I have no problem with anybody blogging anytime, but we sometimes end up with egg on our face. This was Max’s bet outing as a Tiger, even topping the 14 SO performance against the Pirates. I think he forgot about K’s, and decided to pitch. As soon as he did that, he got the K’s. Agree that JV should try the same approach tomorrow. Kudos tonight to Max, Miggy, Andy, and Omar. So what were the three things to like about this game? Here we go:
1. The ad on runs in the ninth inning. I thought for sure this would serve as a buffer to keep VV out of the game. At least he had some room to not be perfect. I give my props right now, but still see big problems on the horizon.
2. V-Mart’s three hit night. All singles, but to all fields, and you can see the grit and determination on Victor’s face, as he is beginning to get close to a .250 bottom under him. Then he can really begin to contribute.
3. Fielder’s RBI base hit in the ninth. A fifth strikeout would have been devastating to Prince’s confidence. It also became the run to make a four run margin. Look for Fielder to start crawling out of his mess.

Alex’s AB’s were a little better. I say that if there is not marked improvement by Sunday, that he will go down to find that magical swing. Good contributions from Tori, Matt, and Jhonny. Mad Max really made a statement from 2-8. Good night all.

Don’t forget about Andy Dirks. He gave us life when we were down and he drove in a beauty of arun in the 9th behind in the count against a LHP. That was an excellent at bat in a very needy time.

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