Monday’s lineups: Tigers at Royals
Nothing unusual here. The hitters in the middle of the Tigers order all have some success off of Jeremy Guthrie, who’s holding hitters to a .205 average at Kauffman Stadium this year.
As someone pointed out on twitter, Jhonny Peralta won’t have to worry about Jeff Francoeur’s arm if he wants to go from first to third on a single tonight. David Lough gets the start in right field.
One note for down the road: Jim Leyland gave a heads-up today and said he’s considering giving Matt Tuiasosopo a start against James Shields, who’s currently holding left-handed hitters to a .198 average compared to .273 for righties. He has similar reverse splits for his career, but not nearly so big. Leyland isn’t committed to it, but said he’s pondering it.
The Tigers’ past success off Guthrie led me to try doubling down in Beat the Streak. This time, though, I took a chance and went away from Cabrera in favor of Prince Fielder and Jhonny Peralta. You can see all the MLB.com beat writers’ picks here.
TIGERS (career numbers off Guthrie)
- Andy Dirks, LF (3-for-10, 2 K’s)
- Torii Hunter, RF (8-for-26, 2 K’s)
- Miguel Cabrera, 3B (9-for-26, 2 HR, 4 walks, 5 K’s)
- Prince Fielder, 1B (5-for-9, 2 walks)
- Victor Martinez, DH (5-for-14, 2 walks, K)
- Jhonny Peralta, SS (7-for-21, 2 walks, K)
- Alex Avila, C (3-for-14, HR, 3 walks, 3 K’s)
- Omar Infante, 2B (2-for-7, HR)
- Avisail Garcia, CF
P: Doug Fister
ROYALS (career numbers off Fister)
- Alex Gordon, LF (5-for-17, 3 K’s)
- Eric Hosmer, 1B (2-for-7, walk)
- Salvador Perez, C (2-for-12, K)
- Billy Butler, DH (6-for-19, 2 walks, 3 K’s)
- Lorenzo Cain, CF
- Mike Moustakas, 3B (4-for-10, HR, 2 K’s)
- David Lough, RF (1-for-4, K)
- Chris Getz, 2B (1-for-5, 2 walks)
- Alcides Escobar, SS (5-for-18, HR, walk, 3 K’s)
P: Jeremy Guthrie