July 12th, 2013

Friday’s lineups: Tigers vs. Rangers

Left-handed hitters are batting .308 with an .888 OPS against Justin Grimm this year. Right-handed batters don’t exactly suffer either, not with a .292 average and .819 OPS. The Tigers didn’t take advantage against Grimm May 18 in Texas, where he held to Detroit to two runs on seven hits over 6 2/3 innings. They hit him for six runs on eight hits in an inning plus last June.

I had a few people asking me on twitter what Matt Tuiasosopo has to do to earn some starts against right-handed pitchers again. I know things were headed in that direction before Tuiasosopo went on the DL last month, but I’d be surprised if anything happens this weekend with that. I’m not sure where things will head out of the break next week. If they were going to make any tweaks to the lineup, that would probably be the time.

The Rangers have Jurickson Profar starting in left field for the third time in a week.

Back to square one on Beat the Streak, so I doubled down with Cabrera’s history against Grimm plus Fielder’s potential to leverage Grimm’s lefty struggles.

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

TIGERS (numbers off Justin Grimm)

  1. Austin Jackson, CF (1-for-2)
  2. Torii Hunter, RF (2-for-3)
  3. Miguel Cabrera, 3B (3-for-5)
  4. Prince Fielder, 1B (1-for-4)
  5. Victor Martinez, DH (1-for-2, walk)
  6. Jhonny Peralta, SS (2-for-4)
  7. Andy Dirks, LF (0-for-3)
  8. Alex Avila, C (0-for-3, K)
  9. Ramon Santiago, 2B (1-for-1)

P: Doug Fister

RANGERS (career numbers against Doug Fister)

  1. Ian Kinsler, 2B (7-for-22, HR, K)
  2. David Murphy, DH (9-for-20, 4 HR, walk, K)
  3. Nelson Cruz, RF (8-for-22, HR, 2 walks, 2 K’s)
  4. Adrian Beltre, 3B (8-for-20, K)
  5. A.J. Pierzynski, C (2-for-19, HR, 2 K’s)
  6. Elvis Andrus, SS (6-for-22, walk, 2 K’s)
  7. Mitch Moreland, 1B (1-for-12, K)
  8. Jurickson Profar, LF
  9. Leonys Martin, CF (1-for-2, K)

P: Justin Grimm