June 16th, 2013
Torii Hunter returns to the lineup as expected, making for a pretty standard lineup. Prince Fielder is DHing today, something Jim Leyland has been looking to do for a game since Kansas City.
Meanwhile, Alex Avila makes his third consecutive start behind the plate, his slump now at 0-for-19 and his average down to .163 — his lowest since mid-April. His 0-for-8 history against P.J. Walters doesn’t bode well for breaking that today. After alternating starts with Brayan Pena for stretches over the last few weeks, this might be Plan B.
No Josh Willingham again for the Twins. MLB.com’s Rhett Bollinger reports he received a cortisone shot in his left knee yesterday.
Those who have seen the Tigers against P.J. Walters would not be surprised by the numbers. Prince Fielder is the major exception. He was the obvious Beat the Streak pick, which of course might leave him hitless. You can see other picks around the league here.
TIGERS (career numbers off P.J. Walters)
- Austin Jackson, CF (1-for-6)
- Torii Hunter, RF (1-for-5, K)
- Miguel Cabrera, 3B (4-for-16, HR, 4 K’s)
- Prince Fielder, DH (5-for-11, 2 HR, 3 walks)
- Victor Martinez, 1B (1-for-3)
- Jhonny Peralta, SS (4-for-12, HR, 3 K’s)
- Andy Dirks, LF (4-for-10, HR, 2 K’s)
- Omar Infante, 2B (1-for-4, walk)
- Alex Avila, C (0-for-8, 2 walks, K)
P: Doug Fister
TWINS (career numbers off Doug Fister)
- Clete Thomas, CF
- Joe Mauer, C (7-for-27, HR, 3 walks, 5 K’s)
- Ryan Doumit, DH (2-for-9, K)
- Justin Morneau, 1B (8-for-22, HR, 5 K’s)
- Oswaldo Arcia, LF
- Trevor Plouffe, 3B (2-for-14, HR, K)
- Chris Parmelee, RF (2-for-5, walk, K)
- Brian Dozier, 2B (3-for-6, K)
- Pedro Florimon, SS (0-for-6, 3 K’s)
P: P.J. Walters