Tuesday’s lineups: Tigers vs. Rays

A game after Leyland blamed himself and his managing of the pitching staff for Sunday’s loss in Baltimore, Leyland also stated the obvious why his pitchers have such little margin for error these days.

“We’re not scoring runs,” Leyland said. “We scored them in that one lopsided game, but we’re not scoring runs. I mean, that to me, that’s one thing that we’re supposed to be able to do. We’re a little bit short [with injuries], but everybody has that issue.”

Indeed, though the Tigers continue to lead the big leagues with a .279 average and .346 on-base percentage, they’re down to third in runs scored with 285, just ahead of the Rays and behind the Red Sox and Orioles.

Matt Moore doesn’t provide much hope for changing that tonight, but the Tigers will throw their righty-heavy lineup against him. It means the fifth consecutive start for Avisail Garcia, who seems to be getting into an everyday rhythm now.

Meanwhile, the Rays lineup presents a test for relief matchups: Lefty, switch-hitter, lefty, righty, lefty, righty, lefty, righty, righty.

I thought about sticking with Miguel Cabrera in Beat the Streak tonight, but with a nasty lefty, I took a chance with Garcia. You can look at all the picks here.

Gameday | TV: FS Detroit, MLB.TV | Radio: 97.1 FM, AM 1270, Gameday Audio

TIGERS (numbers off Matt Moore)

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

P: Anibal Sanchez

RAYS (with career numbers off Sanchez)

  1. Matt Joyce, RF (3-for-9, HR, 2 K’s)
  2. Ben Zobrist, 2B (2-for-10, 2 walks, K)
  3. Kelly Johnson, LF (5-for-26, HR, 2 walks, 3 K’s)
  4. Evan Longoria, 3B (1-for-6, K)
  5. James Loney, 1B (3-for-7)
  6. Desmond Jennings, CF (0-for-4, 2 walks)
  7. Luke Scott, DH (0-for-5, walk, 2 K’s)
  8. Jose Molina, C (2-for-2, HR)
  9. Yunel Escobar, SS (6-for-24, HR, 5 walks, 4 K’s)

P: Matt Moore

65 Comments

JL got it right.
It’s up to the players to get some runs and then up to JL to manage his pitchers.

time to get back to winning this week….

Best match ups in the Rays series for Phil Coke are Matt Joyce and Ben Zobrist. Since they bat one, two in the line up he may get a third batter because Kelly Johnson another lefty bats third. Loney though a LHB actually has a .370+ average against southpaws.

I know Im the minority here on that point but I like when managers go by the book: at home, 9th inning , you bunt. Felix or CC vs Justin , if the leadoff go on base, you bunt because a run could be enough and you wont get many chances.
So I fully agree with this found at BYB:”Your team is full of guys who came up as middle of the lineup hitters, Jimmy. They. Do. Not. Know. How. To. Bunt.”
Still, last year the Tigers were third in the AL in Sac , at some point they were near the DBacks

the 8-0 is irrelevant. His 2.18 ERA is great. Still he is top 10 in RS. With the same RS Sanchez would be 7-1 or 7-2. The tigers scored 2 or less in three of his starts

Funny they mention Jimmy since it’s a personnel problem (dombroski would be primarily to blame)

They dont want them to bunt or know how to,they are from the Weaver school too:
“Pitching, fundamentals and 3 runs HR” They Tigers have 12 three runs HR.
The tweet was criticizing the order to bunt not the bunting technique

They are warming up. Exhale Evan. Baseball is near. Go Tigers!!!!!!!

220 last 10. He is seriously slumping

If LH hit him better, why was VMart batting RH?

Why was Moore pulled after one inning his last start??

big ole rain delay.

After I typed that I suspected I had set up our meteorologist. Good job Evan. Thanks.

hahahahah

Good job Matt and Brayan.

Good job, Prince!

Way to go Prince.

AWESOME, now I wanna see a shut down inning here by sanchez!

and i got it! big league stuff!

Scathing scandal brewing in that article, including one of our Tigers. ESPN had an awful article about Victor a few days ago. Available only to the “Insiders”.

Yes, some unknown writer wants him rested

wait what did the article say about victor?

Bench him.

yea i could not be more confident that VMART’s bat is going to come around and at some point – he’ll be carrying this team. There is just too many arguments that support such an idea (babip, his injury last year come to mind).

Miggy won player of the month for May. I wonder what players get (besides being named player of the month).They used to get nice TV’s and electronics.

Please, let’s not leave the bases loaded.

Beck retwitted this:”So Moore finishes with 6 ER, only because reliever Torres got out of a bases-loaded, none-out jam by whiffing Cabrera and Fielder. #Rays”

Careful here. Torres did a whale of a job as he shut down our 2-3-4 hitters with bases loaded and nobody out. Behind Miggy 3-0 before whiffing him. That can pick a team up.

ramon better start thinking about how he’s going to use the opportunity to fill in for peralta. this sucks!

further thinking about a peralta 50 game suspension it might not be such a terrible thing: a) Jhonny will probably bat bad enough in the 2nd half to bring down his slash line to his career slash like, b) the tigers might be able sign peralta to a 1 year cheap contract for next year and c) 1 last chance for ramon and/or worth.

Neither Ramon nor Worth can fulfil that role on a championship team.

Morosi:
Ryan Braun’s appeal took 4-1/2 months from Oct. 2011 positive test to Feb. 2012 arbitrator ruling. Now the MLB caseload is times ~20.

Oh man…what if they go after Brendan Ryan? Those rumors have been around for awhile and will probably resurface if Peralta is suspended. I suppose his defense would be a nice addition, but his bat is lifeless…

A GG ,that is enough with this lineup. Outside Seattle he , perhaps, can run into one

If he could get a bunt down or move a runner over, that might be helpful. This is all speculation of course that Jhonny will even be suspended and upheld upon a possible appeal.

Oh no, that’d be awful. He’s an amazing fielder but just can’t hit at all. Don’t any of the other non-contenders have a decent-hitting shortstop they’d want to trade?

As usual , I abide by your opinion about Mariners players but out of Seattle his bat could get enough life.

From scanning stats at MLB.com sorted by SS, not really. Although there may be guys playing other positions that might be capable of playing SS. I heard someone mention Infante moving over, but I don’t think that would work over a long stretch.

Why is Drew Smyly warming up? Rich is going to be so thrilled…

Downs must be called

But Pokemon did well

Im not watching but listening to the radio at work. Sounds like they are running the bases well today. How bout miggy showing em all how to manufacture a run and even with a big lead. Man there are no words to describe the pure greatness that is miguel cabrera.

I agree with Smyly not coming in. It’s a typical waste.
Hopefully he is only getting some tosses in out there.
Leave Putkonen in for the 9th.
Really neat to see a Tiger tag up at first on a fly ball.
Also neat to see Miggy use that baseball brain of his on the WP when he went all the way to 3rd. You’d never see Jackson do that.

Like a kid on playing on a sandlot. He’s played baseball his entire life.

Here’s Jhonny!

It’s possible that he might. Different coaches and situation.

The Biogenesis story is on every news outlet.

The Tigers need to bottle up whatever they drink at home and take it on the road with them. Like two entirely different ballclubs. They played well in all facets of the game tonight. They’d be crushing the division if they won more close games and more road games, The former would lead to the latter.
I did see Smyly throwing out there but assumed he was only doing just that; throwing.
I haven’t read the Biogenenis stuff yet so any comment will be later.

Henning has his own story up now.

Nice unexpected night!

I read a few of the “scandal” stories. Don’t have much comment. Too sketchy yet. No point getting all riled up. If Peralta is lost, we just replace him. I don’t see him as an irreplacable part.

The one we dreaded ended up being shredded. Moore looked unbeatable coming into tonight’s game. Omar’s leading off with a K didn’t do much to change the scenario. But something happened on the way to the forum. What they didn’t do at Camden suddenly showed up at Comerica. They decided to work the pitch count to Tiger advantage. And it worked well. A lefty with thirty pitches in both the first two innings should have been an omen to Joe. The game ended up as a total success.
Kudos to Prince who seems to have finally awakened from his dream. Good contributions from Omar, Garcia, and Jhonny. Anabel is about as solid a starter as anyone around right now. I’d like to offer three things that caught my atention tonight:
1. Torii’s 10 pitch at bat for a walk, which kept things going in the second inning.
2. Add on runs in three of the last four innings, which essentially breaks the back of your opponent. 10-1 is game over, while 6-1 says I still have an outside chance.
3. Seven straight scoreless innings by our guys. The pen gets six out of six with nothing on the bases.

As mentioned the 2 base advance by Miggy on the wild pitch was just plain, solid fundamental base running, knowing what you can and should under a particular circumstance. Also, Omar continues to make great defensive plays. As far as Jhonny, we’ll have to see how things go. Great win for all Tiger fans. Good night all!

Better use of the bullpen tonight. Smyly not needed. Putkonen and Coke under no pressure. Maybe that is Coke’s problem? Can’t stand pressure? How did he come through last fall then?

I think that was more about how bad the Yanks were doing than how great Coke was.

50/50 on that one – some of those pitches were beautiful

What is the deal with Torii – that leap that missed and then tumbled to the ground in the second inning was garbage? So far Torii hasn’t impressed me with his defense.

Look at it this way
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statistically – it’s quite likely that jhonny is as awful for the rest of the year as he is great so far this year. I have to assume he’s going to end up with a slash line a little above his career average. So what’s the difference between a 3 ring circus at SS and a not-hitting jhonny? Probably a little range, some bunting and maybe even a little basepath speed….
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with that said i wouldn’t be surprised if not a single person gets suspended on the word on tony bosch. what a joke huh?

I missed most the fireworks last night, so will have to go to the highlight reel – nice win boys! Do we need to shop for a replacement short stop? Interesting stuff. I sure hope Miggy’s name never pops up in any future allegations.

if you go here + read the comments i think you’ll get a pretty good perspective: http://www.blessyouboys.com/2013/6/4/4396896/mlb-prepared-to-suspend-players-linked-to-biogenesis-documents-per

Surprised to see no mention of 2Es game last night in the blog, he has really impressed me. Professional approach at the plate and hitting the ball hard every time as well. Also, Bryan Pena moved the runner over in the 2nd inning. My jaw almost dropped, that kind of thing is exactly the thing the Tigers need. Productive outs with men on base.
Strange article on Nick C today. Saying he might get called up soon. WHy call up Nick when Garcia is not getting enough bats? Who will he replace? Kelly?

point taken – 2E has been doing a good job out there, and love how Mario calls him 2E as well

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