Saturday’s lineups: Tigers vs. Red Sox

Eugenio Suarez is in the Tigers starting lineup after missing Friday’s game with a sore left knee. Infield coach Matt Martin put him through some drills and hit him some ground balls Saturday afternoon, which he handled without any obvious trouble.

“Right now I’m very good,” Suarez said afterwards. “Right now I don’t feel nothing — maybe a little tight, but nothing hurt, nothing bad.”

Alex Avila, as expected, is not in the starting lineup after suffering what Tigers officials are calling a mild concussion Friday night. He could be cleared to play, depending on how he came out of batting practice and pregame drills, but manager Brad Ausmus indicated he has no intention of using him. Full story on Avila will be on the site shortly, but basically he’s considered day-to-day for now, and the Tigers will watch for symptoms even after he returns.

The Tigers have had some serious problems against left-handed pitching the last week or two. Granted, they’ve faced some good left-handed pitching in that stretch, including Oakland’s Tommy Milone and Seattle’s Roenis Elias, but Jon Lester is a notch above those two. Despite their success a few weeks ago in Boston, this should be a test for their offense.

Reminder: Tonight’s game is on the FOX network, not Fox Sports Detroit. It’s part of a split national broadcaster with Yankees-Royals. If you can’t get it on TV where you are, you should be able to snag it online at MLB.TV.

TIGERS (career numbers against Jon Lester)

  1. Rajai Davis, LF (11-for-38, 2 doubles, 2 triples, HR, 4 walks, 10 K’s)
  2. Ian Kinsler, 2B (7-for-29, 2 HR, 3 walks, 4 K’s)
  3. Miguel Cabrera, 1B (12-for-35, 2 doubles, HR, 8 walks, 3 K’s)
  4. Victor Martinez, DH (8-for-22, double, triple, HR, 3 walks, K)
  5. Torii Hunter, RF (15-for-38, 3 doubles, HR, 2 walks, 5 K’s)
  6. Nick Castellanos, 3B (0-for-2)
  7. Austin Jackson, CF (7-for-20, double, 2 walks, 4 K’s)
  8. Bryan Holaday, C
  9. Eugenio Suarez, SS

P: Max Scherzer

RED SOX (career numbers off Scherzer)

  1. Brock Holt, 1B
  2. Xander Bogaerts, 3B (1-for-3, double, 2 walks, K)
  3. Dustin Pedroia, 2B (6-for-24, double, 2 HR, 2 walks, 5 K’s)
  4. David Ortiz, DH (8-for-21, double, 3 HR, 6 walks, 4 K’s)
  5. Grady Sizemore, RF (1-for-11, walk, 2 K’s)
  6. Daniel Nava, LF (1-for-9, walk, 2 K’s)
  7. Stephen Drew, SS (2-for-16, 2 doubles, walk, 7 K’s)
  8. David Ross, C (2-for-6, double, 2 K’s)
  9. Jackie Bradley Jr., CF (0-for-2, K)

P: Jon Lester

52 Comments

Good start

You have to be really concerned about Avila.We had a young guy here who suffered 9 concussions playing sports between the ages of 9 and 18. Today he has trouble remembering and concentrating.

” #RedSox’s curiousity was piqued by #Tigers’ refusal to allow Buchholz to throw simulated game at 2:30 pm. Team was told Scherzer didn’t .want his mound disrupted on day he pitched. Sox wondered: Why the gamesmanship? What is it that makes Max’s Magical Mystery Mound unique?”…Rosenthal

That’s weird.

First hit homer nice Saurez

Ben Affleck at the game? Wonder why he’s in the hood? Movie maybe?

Big movie.

Ben Affleck (Batman) at the CoPa.

Knew nothing about it guess he’s been in town for a little while

little while.

We can’t get comfortable.

Scherzer might be starting to lose it here in the 6th.

Hopefully he has one left.
The key today may be AlAl. He worries me with his predictibility.
Best player in the major leagues/ I be Pedroia would get a lot of votes.
The guy is terrific. Jackie Robinson type.
Can we actually get some runs here?

Gk, are you at the game?

Phil Coke is warming up.

Pretty impressed with Kinsler there–and to want to get to 3rd too. Huge.

Phil Coke will not be pitchiging in this game unless it is to 1 batter.

Yep…..awesome decision to let Scherzer pitch to Ortiz. ….4 earned runs hmmmmmm. I dont know if I loved the Coke idea but Max has given up a run in all of the last four innings. Not exactly acey is it. If your gonna talk your way in better get the guy out

4 runs 11 hits and a walk. Not exactly excellent.

I liked the decision. Ausmus showed respect for Max and Max wanted the super dangerous Ortiz. Good on both of them. It didn’t work out but I still liike it

Interesting that Brad chose AlAl over coke (who had been warming up longer).
Al did the right thing with the 0-2 fastballl He really needs to develop that pitch further.

Max is one of those guys that it is hard to know if he has totally lost it. Not so much with Rick or smyly or JV. You KNOW when these guys are done.

Is Suarez using Iglesias’s bat? They look the same, and I’m pretty sure it has his name on the end (can’t quite tell on TV though)

Oh, crap.

I got my fingers crossed for ‘ya, Joe.

Nathan just can’t seem to get it done. Are you seriously going to trust him in a close game? I don’t.

That was a mistake not challenging the Bogaerts grounder. He was quite likely out and there was absolutely nothing to lose. I don’t get that one at all.
Nathan is putting the fear of Todd Jones in every tiger fan.

Time for Joba as closer and Nathan to DL

That might have to happen. Although, Joe very seldom has a clean inning as someone doesn’t make a play behind him. Several plays could have been made and were not. Just glad he was able to finish it and not be yanked. And, we won!

I don’t know if I agree in this case…tonight anyway. Torii ran a heck of a long way and just couldn’t get there and Nicks play wasn’t a give me either. Can the dude strike anyone out?

Can’t strike them out like he used to. Might want to put in your best defense on the field when he closes. He has always been lights out, so it has to be very humbling for him. He’s never struggled like this.

Joe Nathan has nothing …..absolutely nothing and I’m sure it will be somebody else’s fault. So tired of our lockdown closer we finally got,

And again why even put him in there with a 4 run lead….honestly I question Ausmus’s pitching decisions.

If they keep it up with Nathan it willl come back to bite them. Bet Brad has been told to use him . It makes no sense otherwise.

Worst closer ever.

1. We scored in 6-9 innings, and everyone got a hit.
2. We had Lester on the hook, and didn’t let him go; got to the Boston Pen also.
3. Home run power comes from the bottom of the order; a refreshing change.
I had written a long diatribe, but it got erased. I’m going to bed. Go Tigers.
Joe, don’t embarrass yourself like Mays did in his last two years. the greatest ball player of all time IMO, didn’t know when to leave the game. If you don’t get it corrected soon, accept another role in the Pen, or quietly step aside.

Greg

Joba has been fantastic. That does not mean he would be same in a closing role. If Nathan can’t get it together then they need to find someone experienced from a team tha is selling near the deadline.
Hanrahan is a nice piece to have but a championship team cannot be in experimental mode at that time of the year.
Hunter and Aj starting to hit. Hunter still a liability in the field. AJ has to take charge.
Davis has to bunt. He needs to be on base. Has not stolen one in quite a while now.
Great to see Suarez have sucvh a good game but even greater to see NC start hammering the ball. He darn near had 4 hits today.

Small ball? bunting ? no,
“You got a couple of guys on base to start an inning, you want to play for a big inning,” Ausmus said. “We’re not playing for one or two runs. We’d like to play for four or five. Generally, the big innings win you a game.”
I fully agree with him

For the most part yes. But small ball with the right guys can actually lead to a big inning. Rajai buntin puts him on base instead of striking out. Rajai is not nearly as much a threat in the batter’s box as he is on 1st base.
I’m just saying they need to take more advantage of his speed.
It was good to see AJ try to swipe a base yesterday. They called him out but realistically could have challenged that call.
The call at 1st base (on Suarez’ throw) should definitely have been challenged and Brad almost blew it with that one. Like I said last night the Tigers had absolutely nothing to lose and an OUT to gain on that play. Nathan needs all the help he cn get.
The “Dead Arm” issue is alive.

I was blacked out of Fox last night but I was taking my wife to a show for her birthday anyway. I did get the game on my phone and watched some before showtime, during intermission, and saw the ninth while waiting to get out of the parking lot. Not a recommended method of baseball watching.
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Nathan is having real trouble with his slider. That said, they didn’t hit the ball very hard; Ortiz perhaps the hardest and that was an out. Strange things happen lately when Joe comes in. The grounder to Nick C. should have been an out. Tough play or not, Torii should have caught that ball. The “steal” of third may have been a result of having two rookies on the left side of the infield, although someone should have called time. Kinsler or Cabrera, you’d think. Even Nathan.
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Other than that, looked like it was a fun game. I am glad, however, that I wasn’t subjected to that broadcast team. You shouldn’t have analysts taking wild guesses at what may have just happened.

When the Tigers play on Fox as a game of the week, the old blackout rules do not apply anymore if you have the MLB package. You do have to listen to the big Fox broadcast team.

Right. I was watching on my phone with the MLB @Bat app. Tiny little baseball game. Entirely watchable on my 10.1 tablet. Sometimes I prop the tablet in front of my computer monitor and multi-task. Cool toys we have these days.

There are numbers that indicate the sac bunt isn’t all the effective, plus the hitter has to have the ability.
Dan is talking bunting for basehits. Do we have any information to indicate that Davis has that in his arsenal?

Career: 16 career bunt hits/134 infield hits of 699 hits

12 successful sacrifice bunts in 41 attempts

Hunter who is proud of his ability: 21 of 2226 hits.

Saturday night bright lights and the team wins the series with eight different men getiing one run batted in. Good team victory. Now we go to Sunday night bright lights and we need the combination of Sanchez, Krol and Al Al on the mound. No Joe or Joba tonight.

Sounds like Davis never really learned the bunting game. How did he get through the minors without being forced to learn it? Oh well.

Its really amazing how poorly baseball fundamentals are being taught at all levels isn’t it?

The action on Jose Nathan’s stuff is fading faster than cable companies popularity. His arm speed is down (has been declining) which I assume is the cause but that is a guess. His success last year seemed somewhat “lucky”.

Lineup vs. BOS: Davis 7, Kinsler 4, Cabrera 3, V. Martinez DH, Hunter 9, Castellanos 5, Jackson 8, Avila 2, Suarez 6. Sanchez 1

now THATS a lineup!

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