Wednesday’s lineups: Tigers vs. White Sox

Right-hander Andre Rienzo makes his first start of the season for the White Sox tonight, and he’ll face a Tigers lineup with spot starters in the corners. J.D. Martinez stays in left, while Austin Jackson returns to the lineup in center, giving Rajai Davis the night off. On the opposite side, Don Kelly starts for Torii Hunter in right, batting second.

Interesting, too, that J.D. Martinez moves up to the fifth spot, not just because it puts Martinez and Martinez back to back in the batting order but because it’s a big RBI spot and Austin Jackson has been fairly productive in the spot. Andrew Romine makes his sixth consecutive start at shortstop, but that would be expected against the right-hander.

The White Sox, meanwhile, shuffle their lineup a bit for lefty Drew Smyly, moving Jordan Danks to the bottom of the order and inserting Paul Konerko at DH.

Gameday | TV: FS Detroit, MLB.TV | Radio: 97.1 FM, AM 1270, Gameday Audio

TIGERS

  1. Ian Kinsler, 2B
  2. Don Kelly, RF
  3. Miguel Cabrera, 1B
  4. Victor Martinez, DH
  5. J.D. Martinez, LF
  6. Austin Jackson, CF
  7. Nick Castellanos, 3B
  8. Alex Avila, C
  9. Andrew Romine, SS

P: Drew Smyly

WHITE SOX

  1. Marcus Semien, 3B
  2. Leury Garcia, 2B
  3. Jose Abreu, 1B
  4. Dayan Viciedo, RF
  5. Paul Konerko, DH
  6. Alexei Ramirez, SS
  7. Alejandro De Aza, LF
  8. Tyler Flowers, C
  9. Jordan Danks, CF

P: Andre Rienzo

26 Comments

Important questions: How do Miggy and Alex look at the plate? And how does Smyly pitch?

I’m hoping for a bounce back game from Smyly. Miggy should be able to shake the cobwebs out for good, hoping Avila follows suit.

Rienzo pitched against us once last year. He did well but Avila, Kelly and V-Mart had hits. Cabrera and Hunter did not play in the game. Be patient he walks too many and hands out HRs. Go Tigers!!! Worth and Holaday tomorrow?? Stay tuned.

According to gameday, Abreu hates to hit fastballs. Well, he crushes them . Could Avila call more breaking balls?

3 called strikes, 3 sliders

Smily is going to give up homers now and then. If our fifth starter could give us 5 2-run innings I would be very happy with that…

What kind of focus is there warming up when you come out and give up a homer in the 1st inning? We seem to fall behind in the 1st frequently.

Yes! JD Mart singles in 2 RBI’s to knot the game up @ 2-2. Nice AB! This kid could be a nice addition.

jd martinez! good man!!

Drew has 82 pitches through the 5th, can he make it through the 7th?

Looking good in the 6th…

Current reason for panic/outrage : Reed ( Smyly in the first )

Ian Krol.

True:
VS RHB 309.347.618.965
VS LHB 206.261.349.610
career

It will be like this all year …I think 2006 was the last time we had a dependable pen..I think. I believe that at least from my recollection Tigers have had issues. That’s a DD failing.

3-0 and he made swing????

Unless you are Miguel Cabrera , you take one strike

2 fo 2 with 50 BB in 53 PA before that

That’s what I said.

He hit it hard it was just right at them…..these are our Tigers. Close but no cigar

mama said there would be days like this

Well, the boys ripped the ball all over the yard in the 9th, but it wasn’t meant to be. Sox fortunate tonight.

Hey at least Miller has been looking very good for us!

Martinez too!

Nothing good comes when you give up a grand slam. Maybe tomorrow !!!

1.Seven K’s from Drew in his best outing yet.
2. The Miller Kid steps up again.
3. We were never out of the game. Chance to tie or win in the 9th.

Kudos to AJ, Victor, and Martinez 2. Alex hit the ball hard; he just hit on the wrong count. Bases loaded with Tori might have been interesting. Oh, the ups and downs of bleeding Royal Blue. Mad Max needs the A game for a home split.

Greg

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