June 9th, 2013
Jim Leyland has always taken a lefty-heavy approach against Justin Masterson. Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn’t. But with right-handed hitters batting just .198 (23-for-116) off Masterson this season and .232 last year, compared with .237 and .296 respectively from left-handed batters, it’s worth a shot.
That is why you see Don Kelly and Ramon Santiago in the lineup. Jhonny Peralta is just 1-for-15 with six strikeouts for his career off Masterson. Santiago isn’t much better at 1-for-11, but at least has three walks mixed in. Kelly, meanwhile, is 6-for-17 off Masterson.
Terry Francona, meanwhile, is throwing right-handed hitters at Jose Alvarez, aside from Michael Bourn and Jason Kipnis at the top of the order. Left-handed hitters batted just .145 off Alvarez this year, compared with .236 from right-handed batters.
After backing away from Miguel Cabrera on Beat the Streak yesterday for fear of his numbers off Carlos Carrasco, I went back to Cabrera (11-for-28 off Masterson) today. You can look at MLB.com’s beat writer picks here.
TIGERS (career numbers off Masterson)
- Andy Dirks, LF (5-for-19, 2 walks, 7 K’s)
- Torii Hunter, RF (9-for-22, 3 HR, 2 walks, 4 K’s)
- Miguel Cabrera, 3B (11-for-28, 2 HR, 5 walks, 5 K’s)
- Prince Fielder, 1B (4-for-11, HR, 2 walks, K)
- Victor Martinez, DH (6-for-15, 3 walks, K)
- Don Kelly, CF (6-for-17)
- Alex Avila, C (6-for-19, 2 walks, 5 K’s)
- Ramon Santiago, SS (1-for-11, 3 walks, 3 K’s)
- Omar Infante, 2B (3-for-8, walk)
P: Jose Alvarez
- Michael Bourn, CF
- Jason Kipnis, 2B
- Nick Swisher, 1B
- Mark Reynolds, 3B
- Carlos Santana, C
- Jonny Gomes, DH
- Ryan Raburn, LF
- Mike Aviles, SS
- Drew Stubbs, RF
P: Justin Masterson