June 27th, 2014
Rajai Davis sits for a second consecutive game. His numbers aren’t good against Astros starter Brad Peacock (0-for-5, walk, K), but Torii Hunter is hitless off him as well. Austin Jackson has yet to face him.
On the Astros side, you’ll notice that Dexter Fowler has been scratched, reportedly with back tightness, replaced in the lineup by L.J. Hoes and in center field by Alex Presley.
TIGERS (career numbers off Brad Peacock)
- Ian Kinsler, 2B (2-for-9, walk, 2 K’s)
- Torii Hunter, RF (0-for-3)
- Miguel Cabrera, 1B (1-for-3, HR, K)
- Victor Martinez, DH (1-for-3, HR)
- J.D. Martinez, LF
- Nick Castellanos, 3B (0-for-3, K)
- Austin Jackson, CF
- Alex Avila, C (0-for-3, K)
- Eugenio Suarez, SS
P: Justin Verlander
ASTROS (career numbers vs. Verlander)
Dexter Fowler, CFJose Altuve, 2B Jose Altuve, 2BGeorge Springer, RF
- Jonathan Singleton, 1B
George Springer, RFMatt Dominguez, 3B Matt Dominguez, 3BJason Castro, C (0-for-2, walk, 2 K’s) Jason Castro, CJesus Guzman, DH Jesus Guzman, DHAlex Presley, CF (2-for-6, double, walk, K) Alex Presley, LFL.J. Hoes, LF
- Jonathan Villar, SS
P: Brad Peacock
The last time the Tigers got on a roll like this to start a road trip, they gained some attention for themselves and for Zubaz gear by tweeting several photos coming out of Fenway Park. They had just swept the Red Sox on national television in a weekend series to move to 6-0 on a nine-game, three-city road trip, and they were rolling. They donned their Zubaz, headed for the airport, encountered a problem with their plane, spent the night in Boston waiting for a replacement, got into Cleveland a few hours before game time to start their next series, and ended up getting swept to begin a 9-20 skid that knocked them out of the AL Central lead.
As they readied to exit Globe Life Park in business suits, having just swept the Rangers for their second straight road series sweep, it was much more subdued, almost businesslike, to go with their suits.
“It’s business,” Torii Hunter said. “We know that things can turn around just like that. Just stay focused, come every day prepared. We’re still having fun, don’t get it twisted, but I think we’ve been humbled a little bit.”
That apparently means no more Zubaz.
“We’re not doing those,” Hunter said. “Never again. Zubaz is out.”
In fairness, nobody’s going to wear Zubaz in Texas in the summer. It just doesn’t look like a good idea in hot weather. Still, it’s an apparent change in mindset from last homestand, when Hunter was decked out in all Zubaz before a victory and proclaimed the Zubaz had nothing to do with their struggles.
Nobody on the team is saying they are now. Still, this team is superstitious enough (albeit in a fun sort of way) that Joba Chamberlain has been delivering the lineup card before every game for a week now.