Thursday’s lineups: Tigers at White Sox

The fourth left-handed starting pitcher is the charm for Danny Worth, who gets his first start at shortstop against White Sox southpaw Jose Quintana. If the starts hadn’t made it clear this isn’t really a platoon situation, manager Brad Ausmus said as much this morning.

“I don’t know for sure. I’d say right now, the way Romine’s playing, both offensively and defensively, he’s kind of earned the bulk of the time right now,” Ausmus said.

Likewise, Bryan Holaday gets the start behind the plate for Alex Avila.

On the Chicago side, Gordon Beckham is back off the disabled list and in the lineup at second base. Last night’s hero, Marcus Semien, moves over to third base to continue building his resume as a Tiger killer.

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TIGERS (career numbers off Quintana)

  1. Rajai Davis, LF (7-for-14, walk)
  2. Ian Kinsler, 2B (2-for-5, double, walk, 2 K’s)
  3. Miguel Cabrera, 1B (3-for-11, double, HR, 2 walks, 3 K’s)
  4. Victor Martinez, DH (2-for-6)
  5. Torii Hunter, RF (3-for-11, 2 K’s)
  6. Austin Jackson, CF (2-for-13, walk, 3 K’s)
  7. Nick Castellanos, 3B (1-for-3, K)
  8. Bryan Holaday, C
  9. Danny Worth, SS

P: Max Scherzer

WHITE SOX (career numbers off Scherzer)

  1. Jordan Danks, CF (2-for-7, walk, 2 K’s)
  2. Marcus Semien, 3B
  3. Jose Abreu, 1B
  4. Adam Dunn, DH (8-for-35, 2 HR, 4 walks, 16 K’s)
  5. Dayan Viciedo, RF (6-for-19, double, 2 HR, walk, 8 K’s)
  6. Alexei Ramirez, SS (4-for-42, double, 5 walks, 4 K’s)
  7. Alejandro De Aza, LF (9-for-32, double, HR, 2 walks, 11 K’s)
  8. Gordon Beckham, 2B
  9. Tyler Flowers, C

P: Jose Quintana


I did not see a comment on Reed. Didn’t he load the bases?

There were but most blamed Ausmus

Reed was not good. And he will not ever be “good”. He is part of the bad front end of the bullpen.

2-1 in the 5th. Max is throwing too many pitches piling up these Ks. Gonna be a bullpen game again. It’s how you beat the Tigers.

Dan Iasogna might be the worst ball/strike umpire in the game.

woah wait up a sec….Evan Reed might be a good relief pitcher eventually. Yes he is too old to be a prospect, but this is his 2nd MLB season and he has improved from last year. Plus, his name is Evan – so he has that going for him, which is nice.


To each his own. I don’t see it in him. And if the dude is rightfully accused I don’t care how good he is—he should not be Tiger.

Well, you just accused him of being a lousy pitcher. Are we supposed to believe you.

Round one to Detroit bullpen. Good job Al.

Time for the 2 J’s. Joba and Joe. And maybe 2 more runs!

I LIKE our baserunning.
Now let’s see some basetrotting, Miggy.

Joba gave up two runs but he didn’t pitch that badly. Baseball…….

I don’t need to be believed. I didn’t say he was a “lousy” pitcher.I said he wasn’t and isn’t going to be “good”.
The rest of my post is personal opinion.

Tough day (and days) for Ian.
Let’s see what Joe can do now. Still unhappy with DD’s handling of what was needed in our bullpen over the off-season

good job today boys of adding on the much needed runs. I will have to look up stats, seems we have been giving up a ton of home runs this year, maybe just because of the last few games them coming early in the game

Looked like Holaday flopped on that interference call. 🙂
Kind of a tepid 5-4 homestand but still a good overall record.
I don’t want to see these White Sox again for at least four days.

Check out the bullpen’s ERA? Ouch! Ausmus may get some gray hair this season after all. The starters are not going very deep with their elevated pitch counts. It taxes the BP when you have to scratch out every “W”. Good win to hit the road for Minnie, but mediocre series as Rich stated.

Like the performance by Max today. Add on runs were awesome too.

Another ugly win. If no one followed this team, you’d think the starters were horrible. Nothing could be further from the truth. The pen can’t hold a cow right now, much less a lead. It’s scary to think that e have to face those SAWX another 15 times this year.
No lead appears safe. Hawk is slobbering all over himself, and I don’t think he’s had a stroke yet. The bats came through just enough to win; Chamberlain had a few bad breaks; he didn’t pitch that poorly. Three things were key to our win today:
1. Max has a 10/1 K/BB ratio. He does just enough to hand the ball off. If he had walked two more batters, he wouldn’t have made it through the fifth.
2. The first four runs were two outers; that’s heartbreak hotel for the opposing pitcher.
3. The leadoff spot continues to contribute; Rajai stood tall today; in reality, he leads off once for sure during a game, but he helps to keep the lineup turning toward 3-4. Finally Three is starting to make a difference.

Kudos to Three for three Ribs today. Nick continues a steady plate performance. Good strokes also from Holloday and Dan. Mad Max showed again why he will get more than $144 M. On to Twinkytown; Time to cool off the new Phenom, What’sHis Face. Until later.


1-1 game, two out nobody on for Tigers. Kinsler reaches first and takes second on a pitch that only rolled a few feet from the catcher. Miggy singles him home. That’s how we (will need to) roll.
Love the baserunning.

You always gotta be ready to take the next base! Here’s a thought (wish), is there an athletic OF down on the farm that can step up this year and take over for Hunter? His defense is starting to decline and I would like to see him mentor potential guys like Fields, JD Mart or Carrera this season. I do like Holaday’s game calling and his bat seems above average.

On the radio on the way home Dan and Jim said Detroits pen had the worst era in baseball, not a recipe for any team let alone one with World Series aspirations.

Hunter actually is becoming somewhat of a liability. We noticed it last year and it is getting more pronounced.
I expect we will see Carrera before too long. Fields does not seem ready yet to me.
I don’t worry too much about pitch counts with Max. It would be nice to see him go 7 though. I think they have to stop babying Smyly, and to a lesser degree, Porcello. let ’em pitch. The only way we win this thing is double digit wins from all our starters.
I’m wondering if DD is actively looking for more help in the pen. Hanrahan may be a hope and dream (which seems to be DD’s MO) but he is a far better hope and dream than some we are presently dreaming with.

Let’s not forget that there will be an OF “acquisition” when Dirks returns.

It is a win over the very much improved White Sox . Key hits at the right time and some good base running . They needed the win headed out on the road trip.

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