Opening Day lineups (updated with Royals lineup)

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What was long suspected became reality Sunday with the release of the Opening Day lineup: Austin Jackson is no longer the leadoff man in Detroit.

What was not anticipated also became a fact: Austin Jackson is now the man batting behind the Tigers’ big two run producers, Miguel Cabrera and Victor Martinez. Jackson will bat fifth on Monday, partly out of his phenomenal Spring Training, partly out of the lack of any proven options.

“I think the middle part of the lineup, below Victor, is where you probably have a little more gray area and can shift people around if necessary,” Ausmus said.

If there was a spot where Ausmus could use a hot bat, that was it. None were hotter in Spring Training than Jackson, who hit .429 (24-for-56) in Grapefruit League play with nine extra-base hits, two home runs and 14 RBIs.

“He’s hit there really for the majority of Spring Training and he’s looked exceptional,” Ausmus said. “Does that necessarily mean it’s going to carry over? No, but right now I feel he’s the best option in that spot.”

The matchup also potentially favors Jackson, a right-handed hitter who fares better against right-handed pitchers (.291 career, .296 last year) than lefties (.246, .213). Royals Opening Day starter James Shields, in turn, is a right-hander who gives up a higher batting average to righties (.264 career, .272 last year) than lefties (.249, .233). More to the point, Jackson is 8-for-25 with three walks lifetime off Shields, including 8-for-21 the last two seasons.

TIGERS (career numbers off Big James Shields)

  1. Ian Kinsler, 2B (9-for-41, 3 HR, 3 walks, 3 K’s)
  2. Torii Hunter, RF (15-for-46, 4 doubles, 12 K’s)
  3. Miguel Cabrera, 1B (17-for-40, 6 doubles, 2 HR, 4 walks, 6 K’s)
  4. Victor Martinez, DH (9-for-34, 9 K’s)
  5. Austin Jackson, CF (8-for-25, 3 walks, 7 K’s)
  6. Alex Avila, C (6-for-21, HR, walk, 10 K’s)
  7. Nick Castellanos, 3B
  8. Alex Gonzalez, SS (0-for-7, K)
  9. Rajai Davis, LF (2-for-14, triple, 3 K’s)

P: Justin Verlander

ROYALS (career numbers off Verlander)

  1. Norichika Aoki, RF
  2. Omar Infante, 2B (0-for-1)
  3. Eric Hosmer, 1B (9-for-39, HR, 4 walks, 8 K’s)
  4. Billy Butler, DH (30-for-68, 2 HR, 8 walks, 9 K’s)
  5. Alex Gordon, LF (14-for-66, 2 HR, 7 walks, 24 K’s)
  6. Salvador Perez, C (8-for-21, HR, 4 K’s)
  7. Mike Moustakas, 3B (6-for-33, HR, walk, 7 K’s)
  8. Lorenzo Cain, CF (2-for-9, 3 K’s)
  9. Alcides Escobar, SS (8-for-40, walk, 4 K’s)

P: James Shields

44 Comments

glad alex isn’t batting 5th

Like that lineup! Going tomorrow so glad it’s going to be nice!

There were a number of us here who have wanted Jackson hitting lower in the lineup for quite some time, and some who wanted him hitting 5th. It happened.

Has anyone spoken with Heather Novozny (sic) regarding the readiness of the turf?
Since it has been at most two weeks I would think that might be pretty quick to be sliding and diving on. I wonder how they get the grass to knit that quickly?

I think Ausmus is right (it is opening day after all) but it is still interesting to see Davis in against a very tough RHP. Rajai is 2 for 14 vs Shields.

Castellanos, N 63ab 9runs 21hits 9dbls 2hr 16rbi .333 .348 .571 .920

at the rate he is hitting doubles he would break the ML record…a number 5 hitter in the making.

cast def. looked good in ST. the quality of pitchers he saw was pretty high too (AAA-MLB). I def didn’t think he’d do as well with the bat as he has been. Look for him to bat 6th once alex proves himself incapable.

Ya I think Leyland would of liked Austin hitting further down but he was lathe only one On the roster since he got here that could do it.
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Here we go …..Go Tigers!!!

Three things I like about this lineup:
1. No longer dominated by a snail’s pace
2. AJ can now relax at the plate
3. The Number 3 hole is still manned by Miggy.
Welcome to 2014. Bring it on!

Greg

I just read that Mr. Ilitch is going to be there.

we made it!

It is here, it is finally here! Now it can be officially called spring – one of my happiest days of the year!

Well, here ya go. I’ve got:
KC
Det
Cle
Chi
Minn
and Jerry Mathers as the Beaver.

I’ve also got
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For, lo, the winter is past,
The rain is over and gone;
The flowers appear on the earth;
The time of the singing of birds is come,
And the voice of the turtle is heard in our land.

The poet laureate of Beck’s blog! Go Rich!

The game is on free today on mlb.com which means I get to listen to Jim and Dan while working!!

I bet gk is screaming his head off over that drop by Torii.

And Dan for Austin Jackson not being willing to give it up like a Hall-of-Fame type center fielder.
JV getting away with not his best so far. Probably not a feel for the cold grip yet.

Vmart having a good 1st half of the season will be a blessing we didn’t have last year. And Avila got a hit – holy moly!

Victor!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

i feel 100x better about life now that the tigers are back on and winning – golly miss molly! Can’t wait to relisten to the game tonight with Dan and Jim (watching on MLB.TV right now)

Huh oh.

GONZO look’n good at SS – not.

Nightmare.

If they can get out of this, we need some hits.

It can safely be said we do miss Iggy out there.
So far—no speed and no defense. The trademark we have been reconditioned to accept.
Hope Gonzalez can get it together but I fully expect Romine will own that job eventually.

It’s a huge loss. Everyone looks slow compared to him. Verlander might be a little ticked off. Probably not gonna make it through 7 innings.
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We can still win. Go Tigers!

Did we ever figure out why Dave traded for Gonzalez? No? Well…….
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Pretty sloppy play overall, fellas.

Nick makes a couple rookie mistakes. That’s to be expected. I’d put the kid in there at ss. AGon was playing 3rd and 2nd, I think. Probably has to work out the rust.
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We can still win. Go Tigers!!!!

How do you like me now? Classy fans booing the first day of a player with the team. It is official.the new yankees. Jv put himself in a jam 24 pitches bfore the e

what a roller coaster of a first game! Whew! Way to go Tigers, way to keep playing it out!!

Largest Opening Day crowd in Comerica’s history.

wow what a GAME!! Gonzo and Casty!

Nice in game turnaround by Gonzalez. Good on him! That’s why baseball is so damn much fun.

Whew with the sloppy early play….untimely hitting early on, an off Verlander, their good pen I gotta tell ya I didnt hold out a lot of hope. But like Rich said thats why baseball is so fun. Now I’m stuck going north on 75 but at least all the drunks cant go fast enough to kill anyone.
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It was beautiful weather.

It continues to amaze me that the city and the burbs support our Tigers the way they do. What a tribute to Mr. I! A great opening day for all Tiger fans. All of us, I’m sure were a little worried with the reputation of the Royals Pen. Shields has always been tough on us, but our guys gutted it out. Welcome Alex! Three things that I especially liked in today’s game:
1. Even though Perez was 4-4, only one time was up in a RISP position. The Royals missed some early opportunities.
2. KC’s top 5 were 2 for 20.Their new leadoff was kept off the bases.
3. Three solid innings from the pen with no walks. A critical necessity for our success in 14.
Kudos to Victor, AJ, and Nick. JV was not Ace material today, but gave us a chance to win it later. Go Tigers. Until the next time.

Greg

Solid effort from the Pen and the bottom of the order provided the late offense! Plus we drew 1st blood against the Royals and need to have a winning record against them in ’14. Congrats to Aus and the Tigers!

Well the weather couldn’t have been better..after this winter who knew it could be nearly 60 opening day.
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Fielding could of and needs to be a lot better….hitting although eventually got job done there were some pretty bad at bats in there as well. Justin was not sharp but kept it close, I guess but he needs to straighten that out.
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Pulled it out though!

Good move on BA’s part to run for Avila!

Avila battling for that walk in the 9th was pretty big too.

Avila’s at bat was very important. Was down in the count but worked it back in his favor. Maturing as a batter. Team overall wasn’t sharp in the field through mid game but warmed up to look darn good late. I will take a walk off hit anytime. Although only 2 strikeouts by jv is concerning.nathon was solid. Personal note.I got a bit windburned/sunburned on my face today.

Nick Castellanos, so far, is showing a lot as a future slugger. He is young an aggresive. He is a future star for the the Tigers.

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