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


Beck.”LH hitters batting .270 off Chen this year, RH hitters” good to see JL going with the splits and not by the platoon. Yesterday, was not a good example of that since the Kelly- vs Davis sample is way too little to base a decision unlike Masterson- Peralta.

Looks like another pitching duel. Yes, Justin can be a little arrogant but I do not think he deserves to be called a tool. He did win a MVP didn’t he?

I agree with you DB, Justin along with several professional players do come off as a bit arrogant, however I think that is part of their mindset, especially pitchers. Calling them a tool is totally unnecessary and mean. Honestly even with his struggles and arrogance, I would rather have JV on my team any day. I like him, just my opinion of course.

I don’t think there is one other person on this team that talks to people like he does.

Him being a tool in my opinion has absolutely nothing to do with hs ability, it has to do with how he talks to people in interviews, kinda like a lot of people (not including me) don’t particularly care for the manager. But I guess that’s okay. I’ve always been very consistent of my opinion of Justin Verlander and his lack of humility and that interview about Billy Butlers ownership of him says it all in my opinion. It’s my opinion of him for many years and he has done nothing to change it.

“No,” said Verlander when asked if Butler simply has his number. “I mean, I didn’t throw him very good pitches.”

In Butler’s first at-bat, Verlander showed him seven straight fastballs — the last of which resulted in a single to left center.

Butler lined out in the second at-bat before picking up his second single in the sixth inning when he turned on a first-pitch fastball.

“Obviously he puts good swings on my pitches,” Verlander said. “But here’s a guy with nobody on, hits a single, and it’s probably going to take either a single or a double, or three hits to score him.”

Verlander, who worked eight innings of two-run ball Friday, seemed to take comfort in the fact that only six of Butler’s 27 base hits off him have gone for extra-bases.

“He’s not the fleetest of foot. He’s not going to steal a base,” Verlander said. “It’s not the end-all, be-all. And most of his hits off have been singles.”

He gives Butler absolutely no credit……none, so over 5 or so years according to him he always throws his bad pitches its not that Butler is a really really good hitter.

It will be interesting to see how the guys handle Chen today…he’s just the kind of touchy feely pitcher that gives us problems especially if he’s hitting his spots.

Beck: right side of this page.”Leyland today on Cabrera: “If (injuries) couldn’t get better when he’s playing, then we would have DL’ed him to get it right.”

A little too late for that. Better just sit him and go one player short.In the end he almost never never plays the 24th and 25th men( Santiago and 2E)

My bad, past conditional.

Tomorrow day off and then 2 weeks to the roster expansion.
I wont post the next week because I will take a trip to Margarita Island ( I will follow the Tigers by local TV and maybe ESPN ) but I expect them to be still leading when I come back in time to speculate about playoff rosters, september call ups and late waivers trades

Have a good and safe vacation.


That is back to back on two pitches

My gosh Miggy!

And Miggy strikes again. I thought Lough was going to come up injured after he fell trying to catch Torii’s hit.

The Yankees for sure.

Rods right bad baserunning by Jose, cost the Tigers and Jackson an RBI

Seriously Dyson stumbles and Tigers still cant throw him out.?
Hosmer had a beef that wasn’t a strike

Boy I thought that was a no doubt homer off the bat of Victor…regardless of the great catch I thought it was gone.

Victor gotta lead the league in hard hits caught.

This is going well.

Yes indeed, Chen is just the type of pitcher we typically struggle against. And Bruce is having his best year. Impressed.

3 out of 5 is good considering how much trouble KC seems to give the Tigers. The last 2 games helped erase the disaster Friday. Oh so close in those Friday games. Another hit or two could have made a difference. Let’s not allow the Twins or Mets to do the same thing.

This guy Harvey on Saturday is going to be a tough pill to swallow. I’ve seen this guy and he dominates. Fox game, I won’t get it.

what a series!! been listening to it via radio – haven’t had any interwebs or television in a week. moving from MI to VT. As far as I am concerned Miguel is the most amazing ballplayer in the world. OH and Prince is coming around, are we still poo pooing him? Dirks too!

Downs and Dotel looking like viable bullpen pieces when rosters expand too. buckle in ya’ll we’re going to the top!

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