Wednesday’s lineups: Tigers at Indians
The reverse splits that Corey Kluber had going into last night’s start (splits that largely didn’t hold true, unless one counts Cabrera) are nowhere to be found with Ubaldo Jimenez. He’s holding right-handed hitters to a .175 average (10-for-57) this season, compared with a .256 average (23-for-90) for left-handed batters. The big hope for right-handers is the walk total, 12 out of 71 plate appearances. With the at-bats that Tigers hitters have been putting together recently, that could be a factor, but Jim Leyland is going to his left-handed hitters for this one where he can — except one.
Alex Avila, 1-for-21 in his last seven games, gets the night off with Justin Verlander on the mound. Brayan Pena, a switch-hitter who normally gets against lefties, is behind the plate for Verlander for the fourth time this season.
Not a whole lot of good numbers by Tigers off Jimenez. Miguel Cabrera’s 13-for-38 includes a 10-for-30 clip since Jimenez jumped to the American League. Fielder, despite the lefty strength, went 4-for-16 against him last year before doubling off him in Detroit a few weeks ago. I went with Cabrera in Beat the Streak, for what it’s worth.
The Indians, meanwhile, present us with our first matchup between Verlander and former Tiger Ryan Raburn. Michael Brantley, 11-for-26 lifetime against Verlander, is batting cleanup.
- Andy Dirks, LF (4-for-24, 5 K’s off Jimenez)
- Torii Hunter, RF (2-for-13, 2 K’s off Jimenez)
- Miguel Cabrera, 3B (13-for-38, HR, 6 walks, 6 K’s off Jimenez)
- Prince Fielder, 1B (10-for-35, 6 walks, 7 K’s off Jimenez)
- Victor Martinez, DH (6-for-18, 2 HR, 1 walk, 2 K’s off Jimenez)
- Jhonny Peralta, SS (7-for-23, HR, 4 walks, 2 K’s off Jimenez)
- Brayan Pena, C (4-for-5 off Jimenez)
- Don Kelly, CF (2-for-11, walk, K off Jimenez)
- Omar Infante, 2B (3-for-14, 3 K’s off Jimenez)
P: Justin Verlander
- Michael Bourn, CF (2-for-5 off Verlander)
- Jason Kipnis, 2B (2-for-12, 4 walks, 4 K’s off Verlander)
- Asdrubal Cabrera, SS (8-for-47, 4 walks, 19 K’s off Verlander)
- Michael Brantley, LF (11-for-26, 3 walks, 3 K’s off Verlander)
- Carlos Santana, 1B (4-for-20, 2 HR, 4 walks, 4 K’s off Verlander)
- Jason Giambi, DH (4-for-17, 2 HR, 2 walks, 9 K’s off Verlander)
- Michael Reynolds, 3B (3-for-15, HR, 9 K’s off Verlander)
- Ryan Raburn, RF
- Yan Gomes, C
P: Ubaldo Jimenez