Friday’s lineups: Tigers vs. Twins

It’s the standard right-handed lineup for the Tigers. In fact, with the exception of a healthy Alex Avila behind the plate, it’s the same lineup Detroit sent against Phil Hughes two weeks ago at Target Field. Hughes went seven innings in that outing, allowing two runs )(one earned) on four hits with no walks and six strikeouts.

The Twins lineup — their whole roster, really — is kind of a mess right now with injuries and issues, which has dropped the Twins back a ways since their surprising start. They’ve lost three in a row and seven of their last 10 to fall into last place in the AL Central, though they’re still within three games of .500. And now they’re going to go up against Justin Verlander without Joe Mauer, the one hitter they have with sustained success off Verlander.

Speaking of a mess, the weather … is actually not supposed to be as bad tonight as it was this afternoon. It looks like the worst of the storms has passed, leaving some scattered cells along the way.

TIGERS (career numbers against Hughes)

  1. Ian Kinsler, 2B (3-for-19, 2 doubles, triple, 2 walks, K)
  2. Torii Hunter, RF (8-for-18, 2 doubles, 2 walks, 5 K’s)
  3. Miguel Cabrera, 1B (15-for-31, 4 doubles, 5 HR, 2 walks, 4 K’s)
  4. Victor Martinez, DH (7-for-24, 2 doubles, 3 K’s)
  5. Austin Jackson, CF (6-for-23, triple, HR, walk, 6 K’s)
  6. Nick Castellanos, 3B (0-for-3, 2 K’s)
  7. Alex Avila, C (1-for-12, 6 K’s)
  8. Andrew Romine, SS (0-for-3, 2 K’s)
  9. Rajai Davis, LF (6-for-23, 3 doubles, walk, 4 K’s)

P: Justin Verlander

TWINS (career numbers vs. Verlander)

  1. Brian Dozier, 2B (2-for-9, double, 3 K’s)
  2. Kurt Suzuki, C (6-for-26, 2 doubles, walk, 3 K’s)
  3. Trevor Plouffe, 3B (4-for-24, double, 7 K’s)
  4. Chris Colabello, 1B
  5. Jason Kubel, LF (13-for-44, 5 doubles, 4 walks, 12 K’s)
  6. Eduardo Nunez, DH (3-for-8, double, HR, 2 K’s)
  7. Chris Parmelee, RF
  8. Aaron Hicks, CF
  9. Danny Santana, SS

P: Phil Hughes

40 Comments

Mauer still out of lineup.

I heard that Maurer isn’t in the lineup today, because he knows he’ll have to face Coke later….and that’s too intimidating for him

JWagnerBlade ‏@jwagnerblade now
Update on @MudHens Ezequiel Carrera: Suffering right oblique strain … probably weeks, not days, away from returning. #Tigers

At the park…tarp on the field still

Chris Iott ‏@Chris_Iott now
Sun is out. Tarp is on. Rain on radar.

First pitch for tonight’s game vs. the Twins is scheduled for 7:35 p.m Tigers PR

Miggy is having a lot of trouble with fastballs this year. he is not Miggy yet–actually far from it.

Another pitching duel.

Phil Hughes might pitch a complete game if this keeps up.

so many base runners but no clutch hit

The 6th inning is the one I always worry about with Justin. Get thru this one and he should be OK

Here we go again with 2 outs and a runner on base, and Alex pops up. Very frustrating.

Yes- careful with Dozier, this guy is a nice ball-player

JV is done this inning–hopefully he can get out of it

there goes the game

And JV turns another well pitched game into an ordinary one—-again.

Tiger hitting in a slump. Only 2 runs in 15 innings. Just 3 innings left to break out of it.

I think the team can pick up for Miggy only to a point. Without him mashing the ball the lineup becomes less imposing.
Casty had a good game going and I was very surprised to see him take a called 3rd strike when AJ stole.

The emergency alarm keeps going off.

and on.

Really don’t like the challenge system at all. Particularly the way the managers get to come out to stall for time. They should have to challenge right away not after an impotent “discussion” with the ump while the assistant gets a chance to confer with the video staff.
They should have 30 seconds to decide. If the manager walks on the field then it should be considered he has challenged the call.

Tigers are flat as a pancake right now. Other than Tuesday been like this all week and against some pretty mediocre pitching. Imagine how bad it will be next week when they’ll face better teams and pitching. Can’t use lack of consistent playing time anymore

I would think very hard on hitting Avila if we get a man on. Perkins will chew him up.

Wow–dead wrong about that–impressed with Alex–not so much with Casty’s undisciplined AB

Tiger hitters saw only 113 pitches tonight and not surprisingly came away with one run. That seems to be the entire game story to me.

Impatient ab’s as if they had somewhere else to be.

Those pesky Twins. No reason they should beat us as often as they do. Hughes had us eating out of his hands. Dead offense again. Miggy is just not coming through. Even Victor looked worn down tonight. JV pitches fine, but walks a guy at the most inopportune time. Very disappointed in this loss, more so than the Houston game.
Not a lot to like, but here goes:
1. Never out of the game;tying run at second in the ninth. Pen did well enough to keeps us in it.
2. Alex’s peg to second to get Dozier. He is throwing the ball better this year.
3. The Twins only put the ball in play 18 out of 27 times. With nine K’s by your staff, you should win at least 60% of the time. We didn’t tonight.
Kudos to Alex, and AJax for trying to pull it out. Leyland Day tomorrow. Win one for the original Marlboro Man.

Greg

you can’t win them all. JV’s meatball in the 7th could have been avoided. Watched this one with my buddy who is a twin’s fan. He kept cracking me up asking me if Phil Coke needed any work.
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“Leyland Day at the park: it is what it is.” – evan

Someone asked Brad if the last two days was a case of good pitching by the opposition. His answer was “it is now……..two days……ask me again tomorrow.”
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Meanwhile Fister getting roughed up in Oakland.

Cabrera SR says his son is working on his swing. Some , still , contend it is the cold weather and the injury.
Verlander is giving too many walks and not fanning enough.
The injuries are still lingering.

Hughes is not Cy Young but has been effective in recent outings, living to the promise he was with the Yankees.

The pendulum went to the opposite to the other direction as expected.They have one W over the supposed to have with their RS, ER. They got lucky a couple of time, now just not enough for a couple of times

I was thinking about JV and while his era is very nice there seems to be something off this year. Is it me or is he allowing a lot more base runners? His whip is 1.31 right now and that’s really not good.

KC …6 innings 6 hits 3 BB 3 runs 2 ER …..no decision
Bal….8 innings 5 hits 2 BB. 2 runs 2er…..lost
San Diego…..7 innings 8 hits 1 BB. 2 runs 2 ers ….win
Cle……5 innings 6 hits 4 BB 3 runs 0 ER….win
CWS…..7 innings 8 hits 2 BB 2 runs 2 ER….win
CWS …..7 innings 6 hits 3 bb 3 runs 3 ER…..no decision
KC……..7 innings 4 hits 4 BB 3 runs 3 ER…..win
Min…..7 innings 7 hits 2 BB 2 Runs 2 ER…..lost

He seems to be allowing a lot of base runners…. Getting out of it but still not a recipe for continued success. Now I don’t blame him in anyway for last nights loss I think for the most part it’s the flat offense, but if your team isn’t scoring many runs as the “ace” you can’t give up any right. Hoping to see better offense today.

Cory Knebel moved up to Toledo. Writing on the wall for the Beverage Brothers. Maybe Reed too. I don’t have much regard fro him either, on several levels, but am not impressed with the way other teams seem to be able to score on him. For a guy with a “big arm” he just does not blow away the opposition–though I must admit he has gotten a few key double plays.
You can’t have a bullpen that tip toes through a lineup-you need one that has the collective image of prowess to the hitters it faces at the end of the game. You have to have a bullpen that is feared–that the opposition does not want to “get into”.

By the way we haven’t taken a walk in 2 games and very few all week.

28th in MLB in BB. Still 4th in OBP

Today’s lineup: Kinsler 4, Hunter 9, Cabrera 3, V. Martinez DH, Jackson 8, Kelly 7, Castellanos 5, Avila 2, Romine 6. Scherzer starting.

I don’t like it, but maybe we’ll win.

Where is Holaday? Scherzer comes from two good games with him . Plus day game after night game

A JL lineup to honor him

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