Sunday’s lineups: Tigers vs. Angels

Meanwhile, amidst the end of the Alex Gonzalez experiment, there’s a game to be played. Andrew Romine gets the start against lefty Hector Santiago. Miguel Cabrera gets a day at DH, with Victor Martinez starting at first base. The Angels, meanwhile, move Ian Stewart up to the cleanup spot and start Brennan Boesch in right field against his friend Rick Porcello.

TIGERS (career numbers off Hector Santiago)

  1. Rajai Davis, LF (1-for-3, HR, K)
  2. Ian Kinsler, 2B (2-for-6, double, 2 walks, K)
  3. Miguel Cabrera, DH (1-for-5, walk, K)
  4. Victor Martinez, 1B (2-for-8, double, walk, 2 K’s)
  5. Torii Hunter, RF (1-for-7, 2 walks)
  6. Austin Jackson, CF (2-for-15, HR, walk, 6 K’s)
  7. Nick Castellanos, 3B
  8. Alex Avila, C (0-for-6, 3 walks, 3 K’s)
  9. Andrew Romine, SS

P: Rick Porcello

ANGELS (career numbers off Porcello)

  1. J.B. Shuck, LF (1-for-3, double)
  2. Mike Trout, CF (4-for-10, HR, walk, K)
  3. Albert Pujols, 1B (3-for-7, 2 doubles)
  4. Ian Stewart, 3B
  5. Howie Kendrick, 2B (5-for-22, 3 doubles, 8 K’s)
  6. David Freese, DH (1-for-3)
  7. Hank Conger, C (1-for-2)
  8. Brennan Boesch, RF
  9. Erick Aybar, SS (4-for-19, double, walk, 3 K’s)

P: Hector Santiago


Happy Easter, everyone.

Love to see 1st pitch strikes.

Just like Dan & Jim discussed earlier in the season. How to overcome the overshift: bunt.

Terrible throws from out OF.

Still, the wrong strategy for real hitters. Victor and Miguel must slug their way over it

Way to go AJ. It’s about time one of the Tigers decides not to swing at a ball 4!

Come on Avila! Man I can’t remember having more frustration watching a hitter strike out over and over again like it has been this year with Avila. I’d sure like to see him express some emotion after one of those K’s instead of just slouching back to the dugout!!

We have to Santiago on the bench next inning so we can feast off the weak Angel’s bullpen!!

What in the h*** is going on with Cabrera? Is his brain in Venezuela, is he drinking, is it the big contract? Miguel looks like he has a bruise under his right eye,

Great questions about Cabrera. Early in the count showing no patience swinging at stuff out of the strike zone and then with two strikes not swinging at very hittable third strikes. Just makes no sense. You could see his clear frustration with himself on that last K.

Great game, with great pitching.

Thanks to the Angels for the 6 BB’s and 4 errors! Avila (3-K’s)and Cabrera GIDP look lost at the plate. Porcello, Krol and AlAl turned in nice performances. Nathan got it done with some drama but now has 3 saves. Take a series when you can at home, especially against the nemesis Angels.

Today was a prime example of how you win games with your legs…….and some good pitching. Love this kind of baseball. How else could you be 9-6 with no major contributions from Miggy?

Obviously an Easter crowd with little real knowledge of baseball. Why else would anyone boo Brennan Boesch?

“We thought we’d take a little chance on it. Thought it was something worth taking the gamble,” Dombrowski said. “As we had a chance to watch him, had a chance to get a feel, we just didn’t see it getting better, so we thought, with the emphasis on defense for us at shortstop, we thought it was important to get someone who had more range.”

I’m actually officially worried about Miggy. Not Alex though. What’s there to worry about? He is simply not going to hit.
Holaday will be given the plate to work a little more I’m sure.

Was away for Easter. Thank you, Angels. 4 errors. Thank you, Rick. Keep it up and I’ll feel less sorry about losing Fister. Your turn now, Smyly. Can our pacemakers keep up with these one-run games? Goodbye already, Gonzales? How is Lombardozzi doing in Baltimore? Seems like the Tigers have already stolen more bases than in all of 2013. Miggy BA .220? About .100 below average. Does he miss the Prince that badly?

Looks like something is wrong with Miggy . No confidence at the plate his swing might be off . Maybe I am wrong again .

Looked up stats myself. Lombardozzi 16 hits, 3 rbi, .286 BA. Prince 13 hits, 2 hr, 6 rbi, .188 BA. Doesn’t look like either one would have been much help in Detroit. Prince just seems to be getting worse. Can’t handle AL pitching?

Lombardozzi was never going to play full time with the Tigers. A day or two for Iggy, a few days when (I absolutely love Ian Kinsler) needed a day off, and a few days at 3rd in case Nick stumbled. The original idea was good until Iggy was more than a short DL stint or a few days off rest. Lombo isn’t a long term solution for SS. and Nick is holding his own pretty good, plus Donnie can play 3rd. The Tigers were desperate for someone to replace Jose Iglesias.

at least Romine is starting to look better at the plate

1. Twelve Groundball outs from Rickie P.
2. Using the speed game effectively to win close games.
3. Fishing for Trout, and he took the bait. 0-8 in last 2 games.

Kudos to Romine and Nick. Good job by the Pen again. Starters are settling end to their side of the deal. Miggy, oh Miggy, what is going on. Winning Miggiless is even more amazing. Bring on the Sawx!


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