August 23rd, 2013

Friday’s lineups: V-Mart catching against Mets

Yup, it’s on. Victor Martinez will be behind the plate in a game for the first time since Aug. 4, 2011, a few days before he messed up his knee sliding into home plate at Kansas City. Martinez is 1-for-6 for his career against Daisuke Matsuzaka, but neither Brayan Pena nor Bryan Holaday have faced him. Moreover, Pena is still working through his right big toe injury. He said yesterday he’d be available to catch if needed, but I imagine the Tigers would rather have him ready to catch Max Scherzer tomorrow. (I’m not in NY for this series)

TIGERS (career numbers off Matsuzaka)

  1. Austin Jackson, CF (1-for-4, 2 K’s)
  2. Torii Hunter, RF (5-for-18, HR, walk, 2 K’s)
  3. Miguel Cabrera, 3B (4-for-9, HR, 2 walks)
  4. Prince Fielder, 1B (2-for-3, K)
  5. Victor Martinez, C (1-for-6, 2 walks, 2 K’s)
  6. Don Kelly, LF (0-for-3)
  7. Omar Infante, 2B (1-for-4)
  8. Jose Iglesias, SS
  9. Doug Fister, P

METS (career numbers against Fister)

  1. Eric Young, LF
  2. Daniel Murphy, 2B
  3. Marlon Byrd, RF (0-for-3)
  4. Ike Davis, 1B
  5. Wilmer Flores, 3B
  6. Juan Lagares, CF
  7. Travis d’Arnaud, C
  8. Omar Quintanilla, SS (0-for-2, K)
  9. Daisuke Matsuzaka, P