Tuesday: Tigers at Dodgers

Dodger Stadium 004

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)

  1. Rajai Davis, LF (1-for-6, 2 K’s)
  2. Ian Kinsler, 2B (8-for-36, 3 doubles, 3 walks, 6 K’s)
  3. Torii Hunter, RF (3-for-13, double, HR, walk, 3 K’s)
  4. Miguel Cabrera, 3B (4-for-19, HR, 3 K’s)
  5. Victor Martinez, 1B (9-for-26, 2 doubles, HR, 3 walks, 6 K’s)
  6. Austin Jackson, CF (2-for-11, double, triple, 2 K’s)
  7. Alex Avila, C (0-for-11, 4 K’s)
  8. Andrew Romine, SS
  9. Max Scherzer, P



  1. Dee Gordon, 2B
  2. Carl Crawford, LF
  3. Hanley Ramirez, SS
  4. Adrian Gonzalez, 1B
  5. Andre Ethier, RF
  6. Matt Kemp, CF
  7. Juan Uribe, 3B
  8. Tim Federowicz, C
  9. Dan Haren, P


Not the start I was hoping for.

I just read Jason’s tweet: Scott Boras is there.

Full disclosure: It’s not unusual at all for Boras to be there at a Tigers game in SoCal. He’s usually spotted at least once a series when the team’s in town to face the Angels or Dodgers. I think he met up with Scherzer on the off-day yesterday.

Max isn’t exactly fooling anyone so far?


Dan & Jim just had a pretty interesting conversation about how many team play with the overshift and how a team can overcome that. The answer: bunt.

If they want weak singles, yes.Real batters hit over it.

And not bunting but going with the pitch to the open side to get a single but nobody want Fielder- like players hitting singles

Well, if the player has speed, what difference does it make if he can get on base.

Usually, the shift is used against power hitter that are also slow.

For Kinsler, they have the infield in.

How could that be a strike? It was way outside.

The boys aren’t playing like they are going to win this one.

Haren has stifled them. Dan, I just looked at your avatar. Is that a real, signed Kaline jersey on your wall?

Yes, glove, bat, ball, card have all been signed. I call it the “Kaline Shrine”.
BTW, what the heck is wrong with Avila? He is brutal at the plate, base hit notwithstanding.

Al was in my hometown a few years ago when his grandson, Colin, was playing minor league ball here. Everyone went to get his autograph. He was supposed to sign for an hour, but the game started and no one wanted to leave the line, so they finally shut him down, I tookk some nice photos.

They like the way he “frames” the ball and the pitchers like him. That’s all I got.
Oh, it’s falling apart, now.

Well, we can still win, but whose going to come out of the BP. I don’t know if I can watch,

Gonna be a long season if the club can’t score runs for their aces.

They played with more aggressiveness and abandon, it seems, in spring training. I suppose the pitching is more like the real deal in the regular season. Still, if they can’t hit, you have to try and be creative and get on base.

Brad has to bunt Collins there. runs are not being produced, the kid is not hitting, you are on the road, etc. etc.

Agree with you there, Dan. That last game against the Orioles, they just laid down and died. I just couldn’t believe they didn’t try something different in the later innings.
Ian Kinsler is a winner.

I know this one isn’t over but boy, these last two games have been very disappointing offensively.

Weird stuff. Kelly hitting the ball the opposite way on a critical 3-1 pitch. Miguel looking Oyler like at the plate. Not sure what’s wrong but he is definitely out of sorts. VMart on a delayed steal? That has a lot of possibilities.
Are we going to see a sharp Joe Nathan or are we going to get 90 MPH fastballs down the middle?

Sliders from Joba. He better stick to the off speed stuff instead of fastballs,

No walk, please Joba.

Very nice, Joba.

Sure nice to see some quality relief pitching to get us into extra innings. Joba sure dodged a bullet with Uribe!!

Damn. Joba. Nice sliders!

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