Tuesday’s lineups: Tigers vs. Orioles

Jim Leyland had a couple of choices to make today. He had to choose between Matt Tuiasosopo or Avisail Garcia for left field, and he had to decide whether Brayan Pena would still be his catcher against left-handed starting pitchers. Pena, as mentioned yesterday, has been stronger against righties this year, and Bryan Holaday’s strength at the plate in Toledo was against southpaws. The fact that Tuiasosopo gets the start in left makes one wonder whether Garcia is simply a placeholder for the next couple days until Jose Alvarez arrives, since the Tigers clearly don’t need an extra reliever these days.

If it was another pitcher going for Detroit, maybe Holaday would get the start, because Leyland suggested he would get the start against Boston’s Jon Lester this weekend. But catching Justin Verlander is a whole other matter.

On the other side, the O’s have brought up Travis Ishikawa, giving them a left-handed bat to help get some production out of the DH spot. Chris Dickerson’s three-strikeout game last night dropped him to 5-for-31 in June with two doubles, no home runs, no RBIs and 15 strikeouts.

Austin Jackson doesn’t hit a lot of left-handed pitchers too well, but he hits this one, so he gets my pick in Beat the Streak. You can check out other picks around the league here if you want, but you probably don’t have to. This one’s solid.

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TIGERS (career numbers off Britton)

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

P: Justin Verlander

ORIOLES (career numbers off Verlander)

  1. Nate McLouth, LF (2-for-9, walk, K)
  2. Manny Machado, 3B (1-for-6, walk, 2 K’s)
  3. Nick Markakis, RF (10-for-41, 2 walks, 10 K’s)
  4. Adam Jones, CF (2-for-24, walk, 8 K’s)
  5. Chris Davis, 1B (3-for-14, 2 walks, 8 K’s)
  6. Matt Wieters, C (3-for-17, HR, walk, 3 K’s)
  7. J.J. Hardy, SS (6-for-28, 2 HR, walk, 6 K’s)
  8. Travis Ishikawa, DH
  9. Ryan Flaherty, 2B (0-for-4, K)

P: Zach Britton


now that’s a lineup that can rake!

Agreed. Thats probably the best lineup weve seen this year

Jason, could you check last year and see if Holaday caught Verlander?? He started three or four times.

According to baseball-reference, he did not. There was a short stretch last June when Holaday was the only healthy catcher they had for a couple days, but I believe Gerald Laird returned in time to catch Verlander his next turn.

Crosby twice. Scherzer twice and Fister and Porcello one each. 6 games.3 starts

Thanks, Jason. True that was the stretch that Gerald helped us the most last season.

tough lineup!!!! need to go off for JV for once

Watched the entire game last night which was very cool as I, too, am busy on the weekends. The strike out of Davis was as impressive as I have ever seen. I think it was a 1-2 count and Max missed the corner by 1 inch and the next pitch by 1/2 inch and then I guess Davis could not take the next pitch which was 1/4 inch inch off so he swung and missed. I wonder how Ernie would have described that at bat? Go Tigers!

At Yahoo sport there was post trying to explain the home /away split. It was not signed but still. They said that the Tigers go to the opposite way at CoPa then on the road become pull happy going to the fences.
My theory is similar. Pitching is no problem, 0.30 gap home/away as expected in a pitchers park ( but for Cabrera and Fielder). They are slow, they but for Fielder lack raw power . They are line drives hitters with some pop. At CoPa they can find the gap and get xbases ( Hey, IRod had 7 triples there) and here and there a HR. Away, they go station by station unless they play in little Parks like Progressive Field or Baltimore.Or good conditions like Texas. But ,they are not good too at Kansas, the paradise for slow players , and Coliseum another good place for slow players that can fin the gaps. And the main problem with my theory: they have better OPS in 6 parks, all little or hitter friendly but for Target Field. Their second best OPS: visiting LAA??. But the individual numbers tell anthoer history, only Miguel and Peña are above 300 on the road.
I read in the comments at BYB that the filed is doctored to make the ball run faster at CoPa. That wont be unusual, supposedly the home plate at Tiger Stadium was a little displaced to help the RHP. But Porcello ERA is better at home

Britton beat us twice last year. We need to be ready to battle him. Ishikawa is new to the Birds team, too. LHB??

In the best tradition of “So You Think You Know Baseball “you can ends frustrated with:


a broken record here but Max and JV too many pitches. Max only got thru 6 last night and Jv is up to 60 already with no Smyly able to come in tonight.

Maybe too any pitches for the starters, but they are leaders in nearly every major category and keep the Tigers out of the BP and minimize stress on the defense . Good match for the talent assembled by DD. So, let’s hope the Tigers can get a couple of big knocks with runners on.

Item of note: the starters for the Tigers go deeper than any other club in the AL. Is something to lament?

I just didn’t think JV looked right tonight. Is his arm wearing out?

Geez! We need to get some runs.

Call Downs in a hurry or Pokemon

Omar cost him one run there

So what time is the game tomorrow?

100. Time to take him out

Well, gk says he’s the lucky charm. GK, are you at the game tonight?

The ST schedule to keep the stamina for october did not work

Two big bombs for the bad guys. Meanwhile my granddaughter’s team avoid the end of the season for another night.

4 down , still game to play

Miguel gets a chance to put us back in it.

What happened guys….just looked at my phone unable to watch game. Jv back ti his sucky ways huh? Cy brintton too much for them huh. Disappointing.

We get a lead off walk. Make them pay.

Really a pop up Miguel? Not even a stinking sac fly

Prince a one pitch pop up excellent clutch hitting.

It’s innings like that…..that give me the blues.

That job right there used to be Magglio’s forte.

That hurts when the middle of your lineup squanders runs. Even 1 more there would have looked pretty good. Not a good looking Tiger ball game today.

Really poor at bats. I wouldn’t have PH Kelly for 2E there btw.

He’s probably starting tomorrow for someone.


Jeez Miguel really ????????

He has been unMiggy like with men on base lately. Actually he’s been awful in those situations.

We had several key opportunities to take this game and they just couldn’t do it.

.316 .519 .526 1.045 in last 6 games. But 6 walks there is the key.
And Boston is coming to town. They could be tied by Monday

Miguel with RISP.A one man offense wont take them far.
Pulling off the hot hitters like Tui tonight doesnt help either

Only saw the last 3 1/2 innings or so and what I saw was a bunch of non-clutch hits from your supposed big guys. And from what I could tell is Verlander was equally as crappy. I’ve said it before this team this year just folds it up…no mojo late inning omebacks with thus group. No fight in them….

We always seem to make mediocre minor league pitchers (call ups) look great as usual. Something is not right with Verlander. He is not a pitcher this year, 81 pitches after 4 innings. At the dish, we just gave away too many AB’s again. This team is as frustrating as last years, perhaps more!

81 pitches in four inning is kind of normal for him. But he used to reach the 7 or 8 with 110 -120 and no runs or not that many after 4 innings like those

This team will give you heartburn in a minute. Fourteen hits last night, all productive.
Eight tonight. We got two runners on in several innings, and 3-5, left them there. Baltimore is a real menace. lot’s of good young talent. Scrap heap pitchers show up for them, and do the job. JV is so inconsistent this year. I doubt he makes the all star team, unless his last four starts mind blowers. We had the chance to win tonight as bad as it was. Just wasn’t meant to be.
1. Second straight game Bullpen stands tall. Four scoreless from those guys was great.
2. Really nice on the grass play for Jhonny P. He has stepped up his game this year.
3. Putkonen’s outing. He’s ready to take the next step, and be a solid contributor to the pen. Hey, all those Tar Heel pitchershave eventual potential.

Kudos to T-Soap for the tater. Miggy’s got everything backward. All the singles are coming as leadoff, while he bops, he pops, he grounds into DP’s when the runners are screaming to come in. We just don’t give him a break, regardless of what he does. Does Ricky P take the next step tomorrow? Stay tuned Good night all.

Verlander wasn’t at all good, yet he only gave up the two homers.
The umpiring was a farce, all the way around.

No, no, no. The two homers plated all the Orioles five runs, which gave their bullpen a large cushion to protect. He walked Nick Markasis three times like he was Ted Williams frozen in 1941 and brought back to life to beat him last night. Just not a good night at all for Justin. The way he hits homers against the Tigers I’ve often wondered if J J Hardy went to India in the off season with a long rifle after Bengal Tigers!!!

He has Verlander´s number. It is only against him

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