Monday’s lineups: Tigers vs. Mariners

Hard to believe when you look at the stats, but through all the damage, Joe Saunders has still managed to hold left-handed hitters to a .220 average and .357 slugging percentage this year, while racking up more strikeouts (35) than hits allowed. That means right-handed batters have hit him hard, batting .341 with a .964 OPS.

With that in mind, Matt Tuiasosopo gets his first start (and first meaningful at-bats) since Sept. 3. He hasn’t appeared in a game of any sort since getting an at-bat in the 16-2 rout of the Royals in Kansas City Sept. 6. Nick Castellanos had picked up the starts in left field since then.

The Mariners have seven left-handed batters or switch-hitters in the lineup against Rick Porcello, whose numbers against those hitters had been worsening since the All-Star break until his complete-game win against the White Sox last week.

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TIGERS (career numbers off Saunders)

  1. Austin Jackson, CF (0-for-4, walk, 2 K’s)
  2. Torii Hunter, RF (3-for-6, K)
  3. Miguel Cabrera, 3B (5-for-15, 4 walks, 4 K’s)
  4. Prince Fielder, 1B (0-for-6, 2 walks, 2 K’s)
  5. Victor Martinez, DH (4-for-15, 2 K’s)
  6. Omar Infante, 2B (6-for-14)
  7. Matt Tuiasosopo, LF (2-for-6, 2 K’s)
  8. Alex Avila, C
  9. Jose Iglesias, SS (2-for-5, K)

P: Rick Porcello

MARINERS (career numbers off Porcello)

  1. Dustin Ackley, CF (1-for-3)
  2. Abraham Almonte, RF
  3. Kyle Seager, 3B
  4. Kendrys Morales, DH (3-for-13, walk, 3 K’s)
  5. Raul Ibanez, LF (0-for-6)
  6. Justin Smoak, 1B (2-for-8, HR, walk, K)
  7. Mike Zunino, C
  8. Nick Franklin, 2B
  9. Carlos Triunfel, SS

P: Joe Saunders


Hey Jason – is that a typo? Your notes say Tui gets the start, but the lineup says the rookie is in.

Sorry about that. It’s been fixed.

No prob. Thanks.

SO why throw Alex in there and have him cool off against the lefty? If they collected offensive stats as a function of days rest in the recent past I’d show you Alex bats better when not overused.
With that said, the Seattle offense VS Ricky Porcello after his best performance of the year? [grin] I guess keep the guy with the better arm in there – but then again, Pena has had better numbers in that dept too this year.

Actually looking at Avila’s game logs the past few years, he hits better the more he plays. He’s had a lot of rest lately regardless, and Porcello has abysmal numbers with anyone other than Avila. Avila is also hitting .294/.400/.500 against lefties since the break and has been tearing the cover off the ball in September. If he’s the starting catcher, there’s no reason to sit him. What he adds to Porcello far outweighs his offensive production anyway, if you ask me.

Fully agree with you, Evan.

yea i don’t know – i just don’t know. I do know that the beatings catchers take is not quantified as the game stands right now. How that translates to other things such as offense, throwing people out, etc… who knows.
I love that alex is hitting though!!

Off to the game in a little bit! Go Tigers.

Everybody see that tweet from Jason re Rondon? Sore elbow.

Thanks Kathy and Jason for the report.

Nats postponed until tomorrow. Nationals Park is AT the Navy Yard. Waiting for my wife to get home. Not as bad as 9/11, but she still gets a big hug.

sounds like the right thing to do

The camera just showed Eric Wedge in the Mariners dugout. Boy, does he ever look different. Looks like he’s lost weight and doesn’t have a frown on his face He had a stroke and had to change.

Here we are again. 5 innings, 1-1 tie. Little hitting for Tigers.

Wow, surely Cy Saunders after 5IP 64 pitches vs. Porcello 81 pitches! Of course this is baseball’s best offense vs a losing team playing out the season? I’ve watched KC the last 10-12 games and they have a hitting coach near the on-deck circle talking with the next batter discussing their AB strategy.

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