April 8th, 2014
It’s a different looking lineup for the Tigers today, but the batting order
at least seemingly revolves around one concept: With the pitcher batting ninth, Rajai Davis doesn’t bat ninth as a second leadoff type guy. So instead, he becomes the actual leadoff man, and everybody else moves down.
As for the positioning, the expectation was that Victor Martinez would catch tonight, given that he has caught Max Scherzer in a game before. Instead, Martinez gets the start at first base, Miguel Cabrera shifts over to third, and Nick Castellanos heads to the bench for a night. It’s seemingly not a simple matchup decision, since Alex Avila is 0-for-11 with four strikeouts for his career against Dodgers starter Dan Haren.
Since Brad Ausmus said over the weekend that he expected Martinez to catch one of these two guys, that presumably means he’ll catch Anibal Sanchez tomorrow night.
TIGERS (career numbers off Haren)
- Rajai Davis, LF (1-for-6, 2 K’s)
- Ian Kinsler, 2B (8-for-36, 3 doubles, 3 walks, 6 K’s)
- Torii Hunter, RF (3-for-13, double, HR, walk, 3 K’s)
- Miguel Cabrera, 3B (4-for-19, HR, 3 K’s)
- Victor Martinez, 1B (9-for-26, 2 doubles, HR, 3 walks, 6 K’s)
- Austin Jackson, CF (2-for-11, double, triple, 2 K’s)
- Alex Avila, C (0-for-11, 4 K’s)
- Andrew Romine, SS
- Max Scherzer, P
- Dee Gordon, 2B
- Carl Crawford, LF
- Hanley Ramirez, SS
- Adrian Gonzalez, 1B
- Andre Ethier, RF
- Matt Kemp, CF
- Juan Uribe, 3B
- Tim Federowicz, C
- Dan Haren, P