Smyly day (or Saturday): Tigers vs. Mets

Today is the stray home game in between last night’s game in Tampa and the upcoming two-day trip to Jupiter, so the lineup is a little interesting. Most of the regulars who started last night are off today. The exceptions are Torii Hunter in right field, Victor Martinez at first base, Steve Lombardozzi at shortstop and Nick Castellanos, who gets to DH.

Bruce Rondon is ready to pitch after being pushed back a day for a minor tweak in his back. He has had the ninth inning on his days to pitch.

No TV on this game, but you can listen in Detroit on 97.1 FM and online at MLB Gameday Audio.

Some more early notes:

  • Jose Iglesias is slated to hit today (presumably on the back fields, since the Tigers aren’t taking a formal BP session this morning) and do some running. He did that yesterday, felt fine hitting but felt some soreness while running.
  • Steve Lombardozzi has made an early impression with his baserunning instincts. Last night was the second time this spring he took third base on a double steal, both times on his own according to Brad Ausmus.


  1. Ian Kinsler, 2B
  2. Ezequiel Carrera, LF
  3. Torii Hunter, RF
  4. Victor Martinez, 1B
  5. Don Kelly, 3B
  6. Nick Castellanos, DH
  7. Daniel Fields, CF
  8. Bryan Holaday, C
  9. Steve Lombardozzi, SS

P: Drew Smyly, Justin Miller, Phil Coke, Bruce Rondon, Al Alburquerque, Luke Putkonen, Jose Valdez, Jhan Marinez


  1. Eric Young Jr., 2B
  2. Juan Lagares, CF
  3. Kirk Nieuwenhuis, RF
  4. Josh Satin, 1B
  5. Andrew Brown, DH
  6. Matt den Dekker, LF
  7. Wilmer Flores, 3B
  8. Taylor Teagarden, C
  9. Omar Quintanilla, SS

P: Noah Syndergaard, Jacob deGrom, Gonzalez Germen, Jeff Walters, Joel Carreno, John Church, Adam Kolarek


Still choked that DD did not sign a “go to” lefty for the pen. Oliver Perez would have been a very nice complement to what we have out there. Of course it would have meant the end of Phil Coke but that would be considered to be bonus.

Agreed, however – i’d have to strike out that “very” in front of nice. Oliver hasn’t really been that good since 2008. He simply walks too many these days. I think in the 197IP since ’08 he has a 74 ERA+ with a 6.3 BB/9.

The last two years have been an improvement. 10 BB in 30 IP 2 years ago.
He’s hard to hit.
Moot point now anyway.
I simply wish DD would have been more open to considering some of the lefty free agents this year.

Boy these tiger’s hitters are a giant snooze! Spring training or not they are boring!

I’m curious, what would fan reaction be to getting a guy like Ichiro?

if his numbers the past year or so were better against RHP I’d be substantially more interested. Or if NY was willing to pay some of his 6.5MM/year contract…..

“Slow velocity or slow starter in spring? Certainly not the guy I used to see when he was with the #Yankees and early with #Tigers” .
Bernie Pleskoff

Is written on the wall. 7 days and counting.
Blaine Hardy?

Not a good game versus, essentially, a AAA squad. Very concerned about Iglesias.
If he is hobbled up it really changes the dynamic of the team.

Quiet offense says Dan & Jim.

Still very early, though. You know today’s lineup is not going to be our everyday lineup.

Quiet offense is putting it mildly……they are going through the motions and that’s it. Ho hum. I expect we will see a lot of this all year. Too much offense lost and 230-250 hitters added. And yes I know it is spring training but usually you see a game here or there with a little action. This was a AA team they played today.

Boring offense and not much to cheer about spring training or not! A lot of low scoring games this year? Putkonen has been a bright spot. I hope the bats wake up before March 31st!

I expect vs RHP this year it’s going to be low scoring. I don’t expect alex to hit this year and he’ll cite injuries. I don’t expect dirks to hit until the ASB.

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