Friday (Game 1): Tigers vs. Royals

With lefty Danny Duffy on the mound for KC in Game 1, the Tigers’ task of mixing lineups for this day-night doubleheader is a little bit easier. Matt Tuiasosopo gets the start in left field, while Bryan Holaday starts behind the plate. Holaday will be catching Justin Verlander for the second time this year.

Look for Brayan Pena to get behind the plate for the night game, of course. Ramon Santiago is expected to start the nightcap at second base and give Omar Infante the evening off. Jim Leyland said last night that he’ll most likely rest Torii Hunter on Saturday, so don’t be surprised if he plays both games today. Not sure what that means for Don Kelly playing today.

It would not be an exaggeration to suggest the Tigers need eight innings out of Verlander today. Jim Leyland said this morning that he wasn’t sure whether he’d have Joaquin Benoit available for either game today, or Bruce Rondon for that matter. Benoit has pitched back-to-back days, including 27 pitches to get the final four outs on Wednesday in Chicago. Rondon is more of an interesting case as a younger pitcher, but he has pitched three out of the last four days, which has been a resting point for Leyland with pitchers in the past.

Interesting decision by the Royals to sit Salvador Perez for the day game. He’s a respectable 5-for-15 off Verlander, while George Kottaras has never faced him.

TIGERS (career numbers off Duffy)

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

P: Justin Verlander

ROYALS (career numbers off Verlander)

  1. Chris Getz, 2B (6-for-27, walk, 3 K’s)
  2. Eric Hosmer, 1B (6-for-29, 4 walks, 7 K’s)
  3. Billy Butler, DH (25-for-59, 2 HR, 7 walks, 8 K’s)
  4. Alex Gordon, LF (11-for-55, 2 HR, 7 walks, 21 K’s)
  5. Justin Maxwell, RF
  6. Emilio Bonifacio, 3B
  7. George Kottaras, C
  8. Alcides Escobar, SS (6-for-31, walk, 4 K’s)
  9. Jarrod Dyson, CF (3-for-10, 2 walks, 3 K’s)

P: Danny Duffy


Jose Veras and Drew Smyly better be on their games today.
Holaday is going to throw out a Royal runner today.
Iglesias starts to hit.
JV throws a quality start.

If V-Mart is ever going to catch again, I thought today might be the day. Are his catching days over? I’m also surprised Holoday doesn’t catch Alvarez, given their familiarity from AAA.

LHP this game Greg. JL wants to play the %%%%%

Then why not start Alvarez in the day game?

Pena probably has a better chance of hitting Shields.

I’d like to see better pitch selection by Verlander so let’s see how that goes with Holaday.

Verlander in day games:54-19/% .740/ 2.81/ 7 CG Night games:82-54/ %603/ 3.79 /13 CG

JV has potentially 9 starts left in the season, sure would be nice to have “2” 20 game winners this season! Of course assuming Max wins a few more games.
I’m hoping we see the old, but recently improved JV today. How about a solid 9 inning start this afternoon!

Choice Leyland quotes from the pregame: ‘if we can get 8 out of Verlander, i’d be thrilled.’ ‘i’m thrilled to death with Prince Fielder…he produces runs…he’s expanded the strike zone more than he did last year’ ‘Mac’s been working with him (Dirks)…he’ll play the 2nd game’ ‘we’re a little more naked down there (lower part of batting order) than we were before’

I cannot believe how arrogantly dense JV can be some time. fastball after fastball up to Butler. Shook Holaday off the 3-2 pitch..

From John Wagner story about Hernan Perez: “I talked with [Detroit] skipper [Jim Leyland], and he told me they were sending me to [Toledo] to see more breaking pitches,” Perez said. “They said I will see more breaking pitches in Triple-A than in Double-A, so that’s why they sent me here.”

Tiger trivia: Wilber Wood

Eat ’em up Tigers, eat ’em up! C’mon guys, we gotta get runs and HITS!

This game is smelling badly. One hit for the Tigers against a no-name LHP? JV pitching very well. Can they get to KC bullpen?.

Down 2-0. Losing this game will put too much pressure on Alvarez to win against Shields.

Verlander certainly did his job.

Unless Alvarez can pitch a “duffy,” the Tigers are going to have hit a ton to avoid a sweep tonight. Thank you Ramon for avoiding the shutout. JV pitched very well.

You know…….we may have enough to win the division, but any possible postseason success would depend on how many lefties are thrown our way.
We can sum up today’s offense from the starting nine by quoting Harry Doyle in Major League: “One G-D hit? That’s all we got?”


Only a Miggy single and a Ramon solo HR to show for this offense? Averaging 5.1 RPG and make a recent call up coming off TJ surgery look like CY. i would have rather seen a Shields/JV matchup in the nightcap but we got what we got. I hope the bats come alive and score the other 9 runs and that Alvarez baffles the Royals tonight!

Well just got home from the first game…..stinker. I was good with JV not so good with 1-9. Curse of the AAA callup. I don’t know it’s hard to tell when your there was Duffy that good or were the guys just that bad?

With Chen pitching Sunday which is practically a forfeit, we’ll need to win the next two.

Ok—OK, I’ll be the 1st to come out and say it:
With Jhonny gone we do need some offensive production from Joe Church.
Pretty shameful performance by our guys today. We didn;t even have enough runners on to make mistakes on the bases.

I’ve notice that in the past, if Miggy starts to swing and missat 1st pitch strikes, it can be the beginning of a mini-slump. Let’s hope we are not seeing that.
GK, bring us luck. And enjoy yourself (don’t argue with the umps!!!)

Thanks but I can’t guarantee that!

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