Monday’s lineups: Tigers vs. Pirates

Standard anti-lefty lineup for the Tigers against a familiar foe in an unfamiliar uniform. Francisco Liriano owns a 5-7 record and a 5.93 ERA in 23 career appearances against Detroit, including a 6.18 ERA at Comerica Park. The last few years have been particularly rough for him against them. That said, this is a much different year for him, so we’ll see how different he is.

Brandon Inge was not originally in the Pirates lineup, but with Starling Marte scratched for migraine symptoms, the shuffling results in Inge starting at third base. It will be Inge’s first start at Comerica Park since the Tigers released him last April, and he’ll get to face Justin Verlander.

Some very good numbers for the Tigers against Liriano, especially Victor Martinez (11-for-24). Still, it’s probably worth sticking with Miguel Cabrera for Beat the Streak. He’s 9-for-26 off Liriano, and he carries a 12-game hitting streak into this afternoon. You can see other writers’ picks for other games here.

You can follow the game online via Gameday, watch online through MLB.TV or listen on Gameday Audio. Locally, you can watch on Fox Sports Detroit and listen on 97.1 FM and AM 1270.

TIGERS (with career numbers against Francisco Liriano)

  1. Omar Infante, 2B (1-for-9, 3 K’s)
  2. Torii Hunter, RF (4-for-13, HR, 2 walks, 2 K’s)
  3. Miguel Cabrera, 3B (9-for-26, 2 HR, 8 walks, 6 K’s)
  4. Prince Fielder, 1B (3-for-19, 2 walks, 8 K’s)
  5. Victor Martinez, DH (11-for-24, HR, 2 walks, 6 K’s)
  6. Jhonny Peralta, SS (10-for-34, 2 HR, 6 walks, 13 K’s)
  7. Matt Tuiasosopo, LF (0-for-5, 2 K’s)
  8. Brayan Pena, C (4-for-13, 3 K’s)
  9. Avisail Garcia, CF (0-1, walk, K)

P: Justin Verlander

PIRATES (with career numbers against Verlander)

  1. Starling Marte Travis Snider, LF (3-for-9, HR, 3 K’s)
  2. Neil Walker, 2B (0-for-6, 2 walks, 2 K’s)
  3. Andrew McCutchen, CF (2-for-11, walk, 2 K’s)
  4. Garrett Jones, DH RF (2-for-9, HR, 3 K’s)
  5. Russell Martin, C (5-for-17, HR, walk, 5 K’s)
  6. Pedro Alvarez, 3B DH (1-for-7, 4 K’s)
  7. Gaby Sanchez, 1B
  8. Travis Snider, RF Brandon Inge, 3B
  9. Clint Barmes, SS (1-for-6, 2 K’s)

P: Francisco Liriano


Now don’t get me wrong. I LIKE Alex Avila. Always have. I think he has the potential to be among the top impact catchers in baseball.
If you aren’t hitting you have a serious problem.
One thing I really don’t like seeing is the diminishment of all this by the media who have taken to using him as an easy interview. It seems Alex’s worth to the club is his friendliness with media. He is the guy you hear commenting on other players and their performances. Now we are getting feel good stories about how he is keeping his sense of humour during this slump.
I am not so sure a sense of humour is what is going to get him out of this.
The talk of a demotion has been tossed around before. It is a sad state of affairs but it is actually something that has become necessary. Forget about him being a power LHB or a defensive asset. The bat is not working and the defense is not compensating for that fact.

If he’s catching, he’s part of the game plan for a pitcher, and he’s still going to get interviewed. And I don’t think going into shutdown mode (Delmon), throwing bats (Pudge) or dropping f-bombs is going to get him out of the slump, either. I wrote about the catching mix yesterday and last week, so I’m not diminishing it.

Hey Slowbyrne, did you read my comment back at game 47: The catching mix??

Did Brandon Inge change that Pirate line up???!!!

My understanding is Marte is suffering from a migraine headache and was resultantly pulled from the lineup.

DOK, probably not. I have been away for a few days. I will try to find.

The only place Alex will get the ABs he needs to get out of the slump is with the Mud Hens. After AJ gets back send Alex down and bring Holaday up. Really would have been a classic to have brought him up on Memorial Day!!!!

OK–I found it. Very interesting. Getting Alex “right” is not just a face-saving issue for management. Nor should it be to avoid hurting Alex’s feelings. This is an issue where he needs to re-learn how to step up to the plate and hit the ball. They OWE IT to Alex to help him him become the player he should be. And I totally agree it is going to take a radical change in order to get him there. He needs more at bats, not less. He needs to build confidence, not struggle with having to face better pitchers in higher stakes pressure packed ball games.
We are fortunate to have a couple of guys like Holaday and McCann coming up.
There is the question of maintaining the relationship of starting pitcher to catcher to consider. But it is now starting to sound more like an excuse and an attempt at loyalty to a comrade than one of elevated importance.
Get Alex Avila right. When he’s right, he’s as dangerous as anybody after that cleanup spot in the lineup.

Jason–I am not questioning you personally about “diminishing” anything. I am actually responding to stories on The News, the Free Press, MLive and other tiger related sites. I have the greatest respect for what you do and how you do it.

Frustrating 1st inning for JV. He probably is already ticked off with the home plate ump being so stingy. Many umps would have rung Walker up on the inside pitch that he folowed with a long triple.
The guy that impresses me though is McCutcheon. He exudes confidence and promptly took the 1st pitch opportunity to get that SacFly. He’s a nice player.

Better second inning but JV is still not himself don’t think. Will the guys give him any run support?

From the other thread . There was one true rivalry. It was THE rivalry: Dodgers – Yankees.

Although Hunter has lost some speed, he certainly gets rid of the ball quickly. And he still has some arm left. Hunter remains very serviceable in my opinion.

Middle of the order, good job. Go Matt.

Liriano must be down in the zone today.

Are the days of JV pumping it up there at 100 over?

He usually goes there only when done and tries to extend his outing

Good job V-Mart.

Well, it’s a relief to see Justin throwing like the Justin of old. I don’t care anything about him throwing 100. 75-95 with good location is good enough for me.

right with you on that one Kathy

Uh, oh. Things are getting dicey.

The problem with 90 is that even if it is high, the hitter can catch up to it like Sanchez did for his double. That does not happen at 97.

Great play Joaquin and Omar!!!!! “And Brandon stood there like the house by the side of the road”. E. Harwell, Esq.

Still QS

Dance PAPA!

It Is All’s Well That Ends Well

Of the possible “rivalries”, this is the second best. Short trip. Easy team playing below 500 since JL left them. But always give fight because they dont lack some quality

Hey now they played under .500 for a few years for him, too!!!

True. Four times for him, four for Lamont and five for McClendon

Just leaving the park. …pretty disappointed in the weather. Wad supposed to be nice and let me tell you it was awful.

Evan is up North. Do not blame him.

and JUST GOT BACK! Did lots of listening to the games this weekend with my family. On the way to getting ice cream, taking boat rides, while cooking grub, catching large mouth bass, driving, etc. I noticed lots of high fives and smiles this weekend, from young and old both.

I think that is one of Verlander’s best games of the season. Maybe he is going to turn that corner. Key today was less pitches. That helps him a lot.

Well clevelands run is over hopefully. Back to mediocrity for them. Hopefully that is. They have lost 5 of there last 7 and we have won 6 of our last 7. Im sure they will be better than last year but heres to the tigers not letting them get back in 1st the rest of the year. Great win today by the way. Go tigers!

Nice. Not that i would wish for any player to get hurt but the more dissaray there bullpen gets into the better for us. Sounds like pestano isnt right either. Alls i gotta say is i have fun eating our dust cuz were about to run away with it. Verlander appears to have figured it out. Hopefully he wasnt trying to strike everybody out. Hes so much better when hes just pitching to contact and just kinda going with the flow. Plus the strikeouts will come naturally when he does that. I didnt see the game today so i dont know. Just listened to it on the radio. Wither way verlander pitched a great game and im happy for him. Good hard fought win by the tigers. Lets see if we can get all there starters e.r.a. above 3. Go tigers!

If Austin was to come back in a week from now, who is sent to AAA: 2E / TSoap or Garcia?

According to JL, Garcia is just an injury fill-in for Jackson. Garcia will return to Toledo when Jackson comes back. The idea is for Garcia to get 500 ABs so he can develop his potential .The learning process will not occur at the MLB level.

Nice win! Verlander looked pretty good today. The Bucs were teeing off on the fastball again, but the secondaey pitches were very good. Typical umpiring; I have never whined about umpires when they call balls and strikes. But what I see more and more is very inconsistent, downright, poor calling of balls and strikes. JV was hosed on several occasions today. The Umpires association needs to commit to consistency for balls and strikes. It’s getting to be ridiculous. Kudos today go to Jhonny, Victor, and Biggy. Also, it was a good day for Torri. Three things that I liked about today’s win:
1. JV had a SO to Walk ratio of 13-2. Best in a long time.
2. The three Tigers runs in the fifth all came with two out. Big time performances to get a comfortable lead. Thank heavens we scored two more in the seventh.
3. Give the devil his due again. JVV pitched pretty well in the top of the ninth. The most impressive part was striking out McCutcheon with the tying run on base.

Miggy takes another day off from the hit parade, but he’s due to come back to earth. His presence in the lineup is a plus. I look for Rick to keep the ball on the ground tomorrow. Good night all!

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