August 18th, 2013

Sunday’s lineups: Tigers vs. Royals

Jim Leyland hadn’t received any follow-up report on Omar Infante when he filled out his lineup card this morning, but he figured a day out of the lineup ahead of Monday’s off-day might be worthwhile to make sure Infante’s back issues don’t linger. Infante left Saturday’s game with lower back stiffness.

Bruce Chen has a serious case of reverse splits going on so far this season. Left-handed hitters are batting .270 (24-for-89) off Chen, compared to a .177 average (31-for-175, 38 strikeouts) for right-handed batters. For his career, the reverse splits amount to a 26-point difference in batting average. Andy Dirks follows those trends, batting 5-for-14 against Chen. He gets the start in left field over Matt Tuiasosopo, who has never faced Chen.

On the KC side, Mike Moustakas is out of the lineup again after playing six innings of Saturday’s game at third base.

TIGERS (career numbers off Chen)

  1. Austin Jackson, CF (8-for-31, HR, 3 walks, 7 K’s)
  2. Torii Hunter, RF (4-for-17, HR, 2 walks, 2 K’s)
  3. Miguel Cabrera, 3B (13-for-32, 4 HR, 8 walks, 6 K’s)
  4. Prince Fielder, 1B (5-for-13, HR, 2 walks, 3 K’s)
  5. Victor Martinez, DH (2-for-4, HR, walk, K)
  6. Andy Dirks, LF (5-for-14, K)
  7. Brayan Pena, C
  8. Ramon Santiago, 2B (3-for-9, 2 K’s)
  9. Jose Iglesias, SS

P: Max Scherzer

ROYALS (career numbers off Scherzer)

  1. David Lough, RF (1-for-3, HR, K)
  2. Eric Hosmer, 1B (5-for-18, 2 walks, 4 K’s)
  3. Billy Butler, DH (11-for-41, 2 walks, 7 K’s)
  4. Alex Gordon, LF (8-for-22, HR, 7 walks, 4 K’s)
  5. Salvador Perez, C (6-for-12, 2 HR)
  6. Emilio Bonifacio, 3B (3-for-5, walk, K)
  7. Chris Getz, 2B (4-for-11, 2 walks)
  8. Alcides Escobar, SS (7-for-24, 2 HR, 3 K’s)
  9. Jarrod Dyson, CF (0-for-8, 2 K’s)

P: Bruce Chen