Wednesday’s lineups: Tigers vs. Royals

Austin Jackson is 5-for-27 lifetime against Jeremy Guthrie. Add in the day game after a night game (remember, this was a getaway day game before the April 2 rainout added a makeup game Thursday) and Jackson gets the day off. Don Kelly gets the start in center field, with Rajai Davis staying in left.

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TIGERS (career numbers off Jeremy Guthrie)

  1. Rajai Davis, LF (4-for-16, double, 4 K’s)
  2. Ian Kinsler, 2B (11-for-32, 2 doubles, triple, 2 walks, 4 K’s)
  3. Miguel Cabrera, DH (14-for-40, 3 HR, 5 walks, 7 K’s)
  4. Victor Martinez, 1B (9-for-27, 3 doubles, 2 walks, K)
  5. J.D. Martinez, LF (2-for-9, double, HR)
  6. Alex Avila, C (7-for-23, 2 doubles, 3 HR, 4 walks, 6 K’s)
  7. Nick Castellanos, 3B
  8. Don Kelly, CF (4-for-16, 4 K’s)
  9. Eugenio Suarez, SS

P: Drew Smyly

ROYALS (career numbers vs. Smyly)

  1. Omar Infante, 2B (0-for-3)
  2. Eric Hosmer, 1B (2-for-12, double, walk, 3 K’s)
  3. Billy Butler, DH (5-for-8, double, walk, 2 K’s)
  4. Alex Gordon, LF (1-for-14, 2 walks, 8 K’s)
  5. Salvador Perez, C (1-for-1, HR)
  6. Lorenzo Cain, RF (0-for-1)
  7. Mike Moustakas, 3B (3-for-7, double, K)
  8. Alcides Escobar, SS (3-for-11, double, 4 K’s)
  9. Jarrod Dyson, CF (0-for-1, K)

P: Jeremy Guthrie


OK boys – I will be listening in my office today – please have a good game today – PLEASE!


Not a good start. An error, two stolen bases. a run on a crazy hop. But after 3, Smyly doing well. Pitch count good. Will he have that bad inning? Will the Tiger offense PLEASE do anything?

The weather is beautiful at the game. If they play a fast game, they might get 9 innings in.

Smyly 47 strikes, 17 balls. Very good. Pitch count a little high. Tigers need runs. KC batters seem to find every hole available. Drew may not be able to hold them to 1 run. And then there is the BP.

Apparently Guthrie is unhittable. So exhausted by these guys. If it’s not the pitching (which it usually is) it’s the hitting and it’s almost always the fielding.

2 runs is probably all KC needs it’s feeling pretty much like the tigers are offensively going to have one of those games.

Guthrie has won 1 game in his last 12? Miggy and Victor are striking out? JV and Max can’t pitch? Everybody in a funk at the same time? Shameful.

Guthrie averages 3.5 strike outs per game with only 1 game more than 5. Through 5 innings today 8.

JD has really had a spark in his bat lately — hope it rubs off on the rest of the team
do you think everyone is pressing and thus the rough play all around? If so, time to loosen up guys and play ball the way you did to get to the bigs in the first place.

It is time to face some realities. Here’s one that will break Tiger fans’ hearts. They have to have something better than Don Kelly on the bench. And he has to swing from the same side of the plate.
Donny is so versatile and that is fantastic and a weapon but only if you have a team that is championship calibre. A team that is missing offense needs someone to come in and provide at those necessary times. Donny doesn’t do that. He comes in and “relieves” people.
JD Martinez should be playing regularly right now. He actually should have made only 1 out this whole series.
Joba in now and there is only one pitch you throw to Omar and it is the one that isn’t a fastball.

Thought Donny was more or less used as a defensive replacement.

Your right about Kelly. To bad he is not a switch hitter. They need another Kelly only from the RIGHT side. Hang in there with them they will ALL get better at the same time.

Infante has only hit into 3 double play this year reports Dan Dickerson.

Miggy is MIA right now. Just cannot seem to find the rhythm that separates the men from the stars. Wahen he is funking you can rest assured the rest of the team will follow suit.

And fans wanted Smyly in the bullpen. 7 solid innings. No walks 3.48 ERA

I would suggest that Castellanos should try to find the pull field more often. When he goes off-field his swing is a very pronounced uppercut.

We need an injection of energy and change. Brad can’t keep rolling the same dice every throw. Time to sit Alex and time to trade AJ. AJ’s value will seriously decline aft this year.

Brad has to play the same LINE-UP all the time. Regardless of the lefty/righty thing

Defensive replacements are fine when you are protecting a lead. You need some offense to actually get a lead.

Rajai–take the bloody sunglasses of when you bat dude.

Is it a moral victory that the Tigers held the Royals to two runs?
Is Dombrowski going to do something?
Will Miigy ground out to 3rd or line to short on the 1st pitch?

Avila: What’s the point?

What’s the latest with Hunter? Time for Moya yet?

Every team there are guys like Kelly. Even championship caliber. By the way this team is not.
They are playing the game in a ho hum manner and that is the results they are getting. I will in like give them my ho hum attention.

This team does whatever it takes to lose. They pitch they cant get hits…they hit a bit they’re pitching is atrocious. They do whatever it takes to lose. Notice JD is only guy doing well. ..Also only guy fighting for a job. Overpaid premadonnas.

I’d have to agree with you, gk. My son who keeps tabs on the Tigers …well, I won’t print it but “overpaid primadonna” fits the bill,

i missed a lot of the game.
was there a specific reason why nick wasn’t batting right after JD?

The good career numbers of Avila vs Guthrie

That’s kind of my point GK. You can afford and value a guy like Kelly on a championship team but he is not luxury a team that is struggling needs.
A team that is struggling needs a shot in the arm, a spark, a homer, a clutch hit to turn the tide.
Anyway-Don Kelly is not the problem or a solution. The problem is this team is completey out of sync. They can’t hit when it matters most.
There is not rhythm in the lineup. They need a dramatic not minor tweaks.
They need individuals to stand out and pave the way. AJ diving to make a catch to save a game. Miggy to whack one where the grass doesn’t grow, Verlander to put the fear of god into opposing hitters, Avila to be more than an automatic out, Castellanos to find the gaps and pull the ball, staters to stay ahead in the count and then execute an out pitch, Ausmus to shake things up.

Smyly gave a third consecutive good outing
“Over his last three starts, Drew Smyly has a 1.89 ERA (19.0IP/4ER) with 16 hits allowed and 12 strikeouts.” Tigers PR

1. Smyly gives us a great chance.
2. Julio does more than one ninth of the job.
3. Royals had to earn it all. No free passes today.
That’s the good.
1. 1-4 strike out 7-15 times.
2. 8-9 starters stuck out at least once. Congrats Rookie 1 for putting it in play.
3. Two base hits before the 7th. inning won’t win a lot of games.
That’s the bad.
1. Seeing another Tiger, Donnie, Baby, slowly joining Tori in the Sunset walk.
2. A starting catcher barely hitting over .200 after 50+ games.
3. “Mega Stars, flailing with a bat, trying to get three runs to win a ballgame.
That’s the ugly.

Sadly, this team is really ugly right now. Even Miggy’s firy passion is gone. This team continues to take ordinary pitchers and make them appear to be Hall of Fame calibre.
Annabel can, and should win tomorrow; I wouldn’t bet a “Coke” on it. And heaven forbid, if we did lead in the ninth, do you really bring out Joe “Nothin”? I apologize for my sarcasm and negative attitude. Watching the Tigers is so depressing, with no pleasure at all. By the way UVA beat TCU in 15 innings last night 3-2. Really good baseball.

Davis-inconsistent and a bit to blaise
Miggy-not himself
VMart-wish we had another one
ld and in the way
Avila-damaged goods, no confidence in the battes box
AJ-being AJ
Suarez-the jury is out but there are possibilities
Joba-thank our lucky stars
Joe Blow-major disappointment
Coke-Pepsi is better
JD-needs to play more
JV-work faster and realize whst your fastball is worth
Max-forget about the money coming next year
Anibal-the only thing you can do better is throw a perfect game, and you might
Smyly-count your lucky stars the hitters are not hitting the slow breaking ball
Porcello-add 3 MPH to your 2 seamer
Holaday-accept your role and keep doing your job
Romine-It’s not good enough to smile after you have made a nice play when the team is 5 runs down
Iglesias – you have picked good year to convalesce
DD- you botched up the bullpen even though it looked like you addressed it
Brad-you can excuse your players but your job is on the line

Reed gone. Now, they need an outfielder.RH or LH, that does not matter.
Davis signed for two years….Time to bench Hunter
Wolff has good peripherals . Not the player DD likes. LH but finesse not power pitcher.

So much for the Ivy league alumni and his comments

I better go online to see what he said!

Trade deadline little over a month away. Wonder what will happen if they keep tanking?

You have to asses your.perceived strength.
This team needs change. If I were the GM and other GMs showed interest I would entertain thoughts of trading AJ, Avila, Rajai and Nathan. There are others but they have no value in terms of trade strength. No one would take a flyer on JV. Miggy would bring a tonne of talent in but DD’s head would be skewered on Monroe Street for even engaging in dialogue.
My guess is that few, if any GMs, are really that interested in any of those guys.
Hunter needs to be bench strength.
Kelly is a popup waiting to happen.
Robbie Ray is a lead balloon.
Our entire outfield is impotent (excepting JD)
Miggy’s enthusiasm is clearly waning.
This is a team that feels like it is beat after being scored upon early.

They should have tried to move Avila long ago. Then Jackson and Nathan for sure.
Not much passion to win in the current ineup is there ? Looks like they are just going thru the motions .

I’m perceiving that this silly Ausmus postgame comment is creating a stir? Man, I’m going to open a store that sells lives, because it appears a lot of people need one.

It didn’t phase me a bit, Rich. He talked about how great his wife and daughters were in the same sentence. If Leland would have said it, everyone would have known he was joking. Jim used foul words, was rude, and ate with his mouth full, but everyone put up with it. . Brad has a very dry sense of humor, but some Tiger fans are very unsophisticated. I guess he took the heat off some of his players for a day.

For far less than that, Oswaldo Guillen was ordered to attend a sensitivity training course, suspended and finally, fired. And , as he explained, he was saying what , unfortunately, the average Venezuelan still find acceptable. Not even the journalist here understood the sanctions.
What is good for the goose…

I don want him to be fired but I do expect fairness in front of same situations.
I also expect an equal or greater outrage as the one that followed DY New York Incident

Delmon was drunk and made a public scene.

The Guillen business was also an overreaction. Just because it happened there doesn’t mean it should happen here. Two wrongs don’t make a right.
Delmon was an entirely different event. Police had to become involved.

I kept thinking yesterday how excited we were to get Nathan. I remember all the articles and tweets about Torii heavily recruiting him to become a Tiger. If Nathan doesn’t get it together, Mr. D will be forced to do something.

Sadly, Nathan isn’t hurting the team when there are no save situations to be had. Most days he just sits out there.

Today might be a save situation unless Anibal throws a CG.

Yep, and we have an already struggling closer who hasn’t been getting much work.

Maybe this will get them going:
Ian Kinsler-2B
Austin Jackson-CF
Miguel Cabrera-1B
Victor Martinez-DH
J.D. Martinez-RF
Nick Castellanos-2B
Bryan Holaday-C
Eugenio Suarez-SS
Rajai Davis-LF

Unfortunate remark and one that reveals the the depth of cultural indignities. Brad Ausmus is obviously an educated and intelligent man, yet these misogynistic sensibilities run so deep they can leak out without intention.
The truth is a person in the public eye is not awarded the same gaffes as those of us
who utter similar things without even know that we have.
There is price to be paid by Brad for this-it won’t be his job, even though that is on the line given the extremely poor play of his team.
He is doing the best he can about this matter, (under the circumstances) and I hope all of us can feel some compassion for him and forgive the man for making a mistake.

As many times as Miggy has been forgiven, I certainly hope so.

That’s a great point.

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