June 20th, 2014
Bryan Holaday gets his second consecutive start Friday, this time with a right-hander on the mound for Cleveland with Corey Kluber, whose lefty-righty splits aren’t vastly different. Avila is 3-for-17 lifetime with three walks and five strikeouts lifetime off Kluber, while Holaday has never faced him before. Expect Avila back behind the plate Saturday night for Justin Verlander, but Ausmus appears to be serious about trying to find some more starts for Holaday going forward.
There’s a chance Torii Hunter will be available as a pinch-hitter tonight, according to manager Brad Ausmus. He was on the field running before batting practice this afternoon, and he has been taking batting practice. Don Kelly actually starts in his place in right field, while J.D. Martinez moves over to left to start in Rajai Davis’ spot.
The Indians do not have Michael Brantley (concussion) in their lineup tonight, meaning one less left-handed hitter to throw at Rick Porcello. Mike Aviles, utility infielder, gets the start in left field.
TIGERS (career numbers off Kluber)
- Ian Kinsler, 2B (1-for-7)
- Austin Jackson, CF (2-for-11, double, walk, 3 K’s)
- Miguel Cabrera, 1B (11-for-21, double, 3 HR, 2 walks, 4 K’s)
- Victor Martinez, DH (7-for-14, HR, 2 walks, K)
- J.D. Martinez, LF
- Nick Castellanos, 3B (2-for-3, K)
- Don Kelly, RF (1-for-4)
- Bryan Holaday, C
- Eugenio Suarez, SS
P: Rick Porcello
INDIANS (career numbers vs. Porcello)
- Michael Bourn, CF (1-for-9, double, 3 K’s)
- Asdrubal Cabrera, SS (13-for-41, 2 doubles, 3 walks, 3 K’s)
- Jason Kipnis, 2B (7-for-25, double, HR, 4 walks, 5 K’s)
- Carlos Santana, 1B (11-for-34, 2 doubles, 3 HR, 3 walks, 7 K’s)
- Lonnie Chisenhall, 3B (3-for-14, 3 doubles, 2 K’s)
- Nick Swisher, DH (8-for-30, 3 doubles, HR, 3 walks, 9 K’s)
- David Murphy, RF (9-for-17, double, HR, walk, 2 K’s)
- Yan Gomes, C (4-for-8, 2 doubles, K)
- Mike Aviles, LF (2-for-8, K)
P: Corey Kluber
It’s official: Last week’s Tigers rainout against the White Sox in Chicago will be made up with a doubleheader on Saturday, August 30, the Tigers’ lone remaining trip to the Windy City. It’ll be a split doubleheader with 1:10 and 7:10 ET starts.
The Tigers already had a split doubleheader scheduled for the previous Saturday at Minnesota, so they’ll have two doubleheaders in as many weekends on the road. Both trips come in a stretch where the Tigers have only one off-day scheduled over three weeks, so Detroit will play 24 games in 23 days. And 15 of those games will be on the road.
The problem isn’t how to make up the games, because there really wasn’t much choice. The Tigers and Twins opted to make up their late April rainout during Detroit’s next visit in August rather than their final visit in September, which makes total sense. Likewise, they had little choice in Chicago. The only alternative would’ve been to find a common off-day and make a one-day trip, which nobody wants.
The problem the Tigers ran into is the imbalance of off-days — too many early in the season, and too few late. They had six SCHEDULED off days from April 1 to May 1, including two weeks with off-days on Monday and Thursday — one on a West Coast trip (Interleague Play had a role in that one), the other around their first Chicago trip. They’ve had three off-days since, one unplanned thanks to the rainout in Chicago, another taken away when they had to play that makeup game against the Royals yesterday.