Thursday’s lineups: Tigers at Athletics

No surprise that Rajai Davis is out of the lineup after leaving last night’s game with a bruised left shoulder. Torii Hunter also gets a day out of the lineup after producing Detroit’s only offense Wednesday. Hunter started the last seven games.

TIGERS (career numbers vs. Jesse Chavez)

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

P: Rick Porcello

ATHLETICS (career numbers against Porcello)

  1. Coco Crisp, CF (5-for-13, double, K)
  2. John Jaso, C
  3. Josh Donaldson, 3B (0-for-1)
  4. Brandon Moss, LF (0-for-3, K)
  5. Yoenis Cespedes, DH (0-for-1)
  6. Alberto Callaspo, 1B (3-for-18, HR, 2 walks, K)
  7. Josh Reddick, RF (2-for-4, HR, 2 walks)
  8. Nick Punto, SS (2-for-14, 2 walks, 2 K’s)
  9. Eric Sogard, 2B (0-for-1)

P: Jesse Chavez


The Kid’s got this!

had some meatballs today for lunch. thought of joe.

Joe is getting blasted on the radio for his post game comment. NIck’s in the game so it appears the bus rolling over him caused no harm.
Go Tigers, you got this one tonight.

Joe is walking hitters and giving up dingers at an alarming rate.

Michael Brantley (lest we forget).

The Inge reference is more appropriated for Nathan. That play he failed and blamed Santiago

Even if Iott thinks that Castellanos also failed to take responsibility

Ya he’s getting slaughtered, I heard it when I left work for lunch. People not only mad because he’s obviously unable to be an effective closer so far but also for his unprofessional comments…Ausmus is getting some pretty bad comments as well.


Just no clutch hitting to be found on this team anywhere. Another ill-timed DP with the pitcher on the ropes.

Bases loaded….can’t score. Come on boys, break out of this.

Nick makes a lazy throw.

Avila after a night game. Why they bother to carry a backup?

I thought for sure Doc would be behind the plate today . They all seem to be in a long slump !!

Media all over that Nathan business. Kind of TMZ-ish. This is why so many athletes give boring generic answers. They don’t want a quote going viral.

a fabulous job getting out of that jam, rick !!

This series is turning into the Twilight Zone.

Really Nick Fricken Punto. …..thats just great

I wonder if Rajai is available for pinch-running duties?

How nice. Punto’s first homer of the season.

We need Miggy to come up and make a statement here.

You really have to wonder. What happened in Cleveland? 4 of 5 SP’s go sour. Almost every hitter goes into a slump. They are 2-8 since.

Strange ruling–sacfly on a forceout?

I only have Gameday here. What was that all about?

(d) Score a sacrifice fly when, before two are out, the batter hits a ball in flight handled
by an outfielder or an infielder running in the outfield in fair or foul territory that
(2) is dropped, and a runner scores, if in the scorer’s judgment the runner could
have scored after the catch had the fly been caught.

I think I get it. Can you say it in Chinese, please. LOL.

Sorry, I posted without reading your comment:
From @DetroitGameday:
That’s ruled a sacrifice fly for Cabrera — so no out. Scorer rules Reddick should have caught it. No error, because A’s got the out anyway.

Holy smoke el Tigre. You are indeed a baseball encyclopaedia!
If Ricky P can get Cespedes that would be a huge lift after getting Donaldson AND Moss

I looked it up , I have the rules book a click away

Rick is living on the edge today. Can he get through 6 innings? Will the Tigers pleeeeeeeeeeeeeease score more runs.

Wow–too hittable a pich by Rick but JD is showing he can play. I’ll take that kind of effort any day. Hope AJ is taking some note.

Wow, JD Mart. What a play.

Nice job by JD…….and porcello getting out of 2 jams

These A’s are probably feeling they have the Tigers right where they want them.

Living on the edge. RP walks the #8 hitter and hits the #9 hitter.

2 outs a walk and a hit batter after he was ahead of both….Ricky?

And another. …….now its up to Krol

GROANNNNNNNNN. Another walk.

It’s pretty much unbelievable stuff that we have been watching the last couple times through this rotation. Collective body language of the Tigers is suggesting that someone is going to do contribute negatively right about now.

Another dodged bullet

Some good fortune—finally. Good hustle Miggy.


2 pitches in the Donaldson ab by Al were strikes. …not happy ump

Oh, brother. How many more relievers are available.

8 walks an! Not out of the 7th. ….

Suppose that lead off double to Donaldson was someone else’s fault too.

Well ,here we go again. 5-4, runner at 2nd. Can Joe blow it again?

The automatic strike. That was ball four

Is Joe gonna blame this on somebody too? Maybe Miggy? Go for it Joe—that won’t go over well.
Looks like the Nathan move may end up in another closer before all is said and done.

Who’s fault is this? Honestly

Good closer do not have an ERA over 5!

I barely survived

Late response here. I had to re-charge my pacemaker. Tigers win!

Well I took 2 tylenol headache tablets . I was convinced they would losse this one also . How many walks well at least no ballks in this game . So things might be getting better . A win is a win ,,,,,

1. Oakland has 19 Baserunners and loses the game.
2. J D Martinez plays a solid left field.
3. Porcello’s bases loaded DP.

Kudos to Ian, Miggy, Victor, Nick, and Donny. Solid relief by KrolAlJoba, albeit the two walks by “Kirky”. I could have sworn I saw Nathan spitting out a bottle of water when he came out in the ninth. He needs to redeem himself with his team mates. If he can do no better than he’s done so far this year, have him and the “Hut” change places. This was one that was sorely needed. Rick was out of character with all the walks, but he gritted this one out. Hopefully JV can turn in a decent outing tomorrow.
AJax looks lost.


You are so right this was a much needed win . After last nights game I wondered if we would see Nathan again for awhile . Onto Seattle lets win there !!!

That is the problem with AJ. The slumps can be brutal and interminable.
The Chamberlain acquisition looks pretty good right now.

We got really lucky there in the 9th. I was fearing a ground ball since the laborious had to have his infielders back on their heels. Thankfully Miggy handled the well hit ball.

I meant to say laborious pace Nathan was on had to ……….

someone showed me this today:
2014 Nathan: 19.2 IP, 1 Loss, 4 Blown Saves, 0.750 SV%, 19 K, 8 BB, 1.17 WHIP
2013 Valverde: 19.1 IP, 1 Loss, 3 Blown Saves, 0.750 SV%, 19 K, 6 BB, 1.24 WHIP
This is why signing 1 name to your bullpen means so very little.

I wonder what the oakland fans are writing? So many LOB. A grrrrrrreat Tiger win!

i wonder, can they write?

What a cast of characters their fans are well they know math today it was 5-4 !!!!

So we get out of Oakland with a split and several years added to our lives. If not for that 9th inning last night, we’d have 3 of 4 and talking about how the Tigers have turned it around. I thought they played well the final three games.
Usually I see more complaints, because that umpire had a strike zone the size of a silver dollar. No wonder there were so many walks and such a long game time wise. I’d love to see these wildly fluctuating strike zones addressed.
I get the impression that those “colorful” fans in the Coliseum don’t really know much about baseball, and are a nuisance to the fans there that do. I could see it on their faces.

^^^^ that’s spot on rich

Well, Rich, you once told me not to put a lot of stock in the Gameday strike zone. How is it determined where those pitches are? I have seen balls called that are right down the heart of the strike zone. I have seen “ball in the dirt” called when the pitch just nipped the edge of the zone. The fans who go to a game in person or watch it live really cannot accurately call the pitches. So once again I ask, how are the Gameday pitch locations determined? I am not letting the umpires off the hook here.

Now that you mention it, I do remember saying that but thought it was years ago. You have a good memory.
I think what I meant was that the Gameday zone had nothing to do with the umpire’s zone on a given day. Two things I value in a homeplate ump is consistency and at least a general adherence to the rule book zone. Check out Alan Porter behind the plate some time and you’ll see that.
I read a piece about how they determine the “electronic” strike zone but it was pretty technical as I recall. In fact, that’s all I recall. 🙂
I understand that the umpires are evaluated using such a zone.

I used to be nicknamed “illinoifan” but lately my comments say I am “dof007.” Not sure how that got changed.

Hey! I changed it. What a genius I am. LOL

Oh it’s you. Wondered where you’d been.

i think gameday and pitch fx are two different things. so i wait till the later comes out the next day to talk balls, strikes and strikezones. personally.

Think they should use that instead of an umpire?

Kevin Whelan is becoming very noticeable in Toledo.

Did not see the game but caught bits and pieces on the radio and via updates on my phone. Pretty dicey there at the end – my daughter’s softball game was going on and I was distracted between updating my phone every few seconds and watching her (good thing she does not read this blog). Sounds like Rick had some walk problems but also got out of them, and that is huge for a pitcher, to pitch a good game even when the control is not there. Nathan is making it hard for me to be won over still but a win is a win, thank goodness! going to one of the games next week with my blue jay loving husband, should be interesting.

20MM/2 years. Better address that dead arm /attitude problem

We can address the ‘pen at the deadline. By address I mean “hey we’re getting Dirks back and GasCanrahan is ready – that’s like an acquisition, right?”

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