Thursday’s lineups: Tigers at Royals

I’m not in Kansas City, since I’ll be in Minnesota for early All-Star activities. Still, lineups are lineups, especially when there’s still serious question whether Victor Martinez will play again before the break. For tonight’s series opener, at least, he’s still out. Torii Hunter’s at DH, with J.D. Martinez in left field and Don Kelly in right as an extra left-handed bat.

On the Royals side, the batting order is looking a little different with Alex Gordon out with a bad wrist. Old man Raul Ibanez is starting in left field, Omar Infante is batting fifth, and Danny Valencia is the cleanup hitter. Considering Gordon is just 2-for-17 off Drew Smyly, this might work to KC’s advantage, at least at the plate.

If you assumed that Billy Butler hits Drew Smyly well, you’re right. He’s 6-for-11.

TIGERS (career numbers off Jeremy Guthrie)

  1. Austin Jackson, CF (5-for-27, double, HR, 2 walks, 8 K’s)
  2. Ian Kinsler, 2B (12-for-34, 2 doubles, triple, 3 walks, 5 K’s)
  3. Miguel Cabrera, 1B (14-for-43, 3 HR, 5 walks, 8 K’s)
  4. J.D. Martinez, LF (4-for-12, double, 2 HR)
  5. Torii Hunter, DH (12-for-40, 3 doubles, 3 K’s)
  6. Nick Castellanos, 3B (1-for-3, double)
  7. Alex Avila, C (7-for-26, 2 doubles, 3 HR, 4 walks, 8 K’s)
  8. Eugenio Suarez, SS (0-for-2, K)
  9. Don Kelly, RF (4-for-18, 5 K’s)

P: Drew Smyly

ROYALS (career numbers off Smyly)

  1. Lorenzo Cain, RF (2-for-4, K)
  2. Eric Hosmer, 1B (3-for-15, double, walk, 4 K’s)
  3. Salvador Perez, C (1-for-4, HR)
  4. Danny Valencia, 3B (1-for-5, K)
  5. Omar Infante, 2B (1-for-6, HR)
  6. Billy Butler, DH (6-for-11, double, walk, 2 K’s)
  7. Raul Ibanez, LF (1-for-2, double)
  8. Alcides Escobar, SS (3-for-14, double, 4 K’s)
  9. Jarrod Dyson, CF (1-for-4, 3 K’s)

P: Jeremy Guthrie


Pretty bad job by the Yankees. Tanaka could have TJ due to the excessive workload in Japan. 25% of splitter. 1400 IP before 25 YO.


TJ happens. don’t see how the Yanks have misused him. despite a lot of informed opinion and research, there’s not much understanding of why certain pitchers get hurt. still a black box of sorts. Years ago, someone wrote a book about Mark Prior having the ‘perfect’ biomechanics for pitching and yet he succumbed to career shortening injury.

25 % of his pitches were splitters

It looks as though the Tigers will have been a player short for the full 15 days VMart was unable to play. Why didn’t they DL him? They could have helped the other players get a few breaks and had a chance to see what a new player could contribute. Can anyone say “Moya?”

I agree

my guess is that Collins would get the call if they need another hitter. though i’d like to see Hessman get another shot…an obstacle that he’s not on the 40 man.

Just a guess, VMart out made easier to use the four OF. Especially keep JD on the lineup without taking time away from Davis .Starting the clock for Moya to have him on the bench…

They could have put Victor on the DL retroactively at anytime, but it wasn’t necessary. Why bring up a guy to sit on the bench?

2nd guessers delight if Romine hits with game on line and shorthanded bench

Moya’s coach insinuates he is not quite ready. Needs more discipline at the plate. Very high strike out rate. He’s probably better off playing every day in Erie.
Andrew Romine is a fine shortstop. Can’t hit much, though.

Kinsler seems in the same mold as Fryman and Gibson. Brash, talented, gamer.

Good start

I guess bring someone up because in an extra inning game you don’t want to get caught short.

2 stolen bases off Smyly. I thought LHP had a better chance at holding runners on?

The runner has a better reading, so used to say David Concepcion

Not having trouble getting first 2 outs of inning 3rd seems to be a challenge.

3rd pitch to Valencia was a strikeout. 4th pitch he got a hit. Another batter elevated Smyly’s pitch count.

Smyly just does not seem to be able to put the “fear” in hitters. Hitters should be way more uncomfortable with two strikes and they don’t seem to be. Porcello is similar in that two strikes does not necessarily result in an imbalance of easier outs.
Very rarely do we see awkward swings by opposing hitters and obviously not a lot of strikeouts.
The run Smyly gave up today was pretty much his fault. It should be a pretty easy job for him to hold runners on, yet he’s as almost as problematic as Valverde.

Miguel is taking deep breaths. Hope it works.


Torii hit that quite a long way!

They gave ol’ vet Torii the silent treatment after his homer.

hey save some runs for the rest of the series, boys….


Don Kelly lookin GREAT at 1st. Guy’s a wizard — I don’t want to see him cut. I’d rather teach don kelly to play SS than teach romine to play 3B/1B…straight up.

Don Kelly is what most managers wish they had on their clubs . Where can’t he play might be better ??

rats, wish smyly was taken out a little earlier so he could have ended on a better note. not sure the purpose of going beyond 100 as he’s still developing.

Sound like a broken record.
1. Led from start to finish again.
2. Every starter in the lineup hits— Again.
3. Smyly has a decent outing.

Kudos to all. One more out of three, and we lose no ground to KC. Anabal needs this same type of hit support. With Duffy, I don’t look for 16 runs.

JD martinez will have like 200 PA’s very soon. HIS OPS IS +1000

Tanaka´s injury does matter. There was a chance of keeping Scherzer trading a couple of players to lower the payroll ( or so I wanted to believe). But now, you ought to get used to see him with the Yankees. If they end last, a possibility now, Hammel wont be enough.Of course, Lester is still a better, more expensive, option for the Yankees or any other team including the Tigers

Scherzer was unfortunately never coming back here. By not accepting that offer he made it perfectly clear he doesn’t want to be in Detroit there is not doubt in my mind. You can’t believe his words …..,two days before he turned down the offer I saw an interview in which he stated he didn’t care about money he just wanted to be here. Obviously money either mattered or he doesn’t want to be in Detroit. Either way he’s a liar. Next time he should just not comment.

A lot of kafuffle over Ricky P not making the All Star team. The ASG fiasco just seems to worsen every year. Ian Kinsler not an All Star?

Great to see Suarez getting confidence back and hammering the ball pretty good. been very dependable defensively too.

Chad Smith is helping out at a major league level. keeps the ball down in the strike zone and keeps his pitches in the zone which is the real key.

*yawn* yep max is gone — but that’s a good thing….it does not necessarily make the team better to have any more starting pitching. 4 man playoff rotations. MUCH rather spend the money on the pen

I’m not going to lie, I don’t want the ASB to come! Give me another series, rich – just one more before the break. We’re too hot right now!

We are hot and five days ago the sky was falling after 3 losses to TB. Baseball is a long season and I try not to get too up or too down (LOL, I couldn’t resist the “leylandism”). All kidding aside, 51-37 equals 94 wins. That is more than we could have hoped for. That will win the division and our pitching staff will give us another great chance at a deep playoff run. Every team has warts, some bigger than others but I am more than happy with what we have seen this year. Less than a month until I finally get to see them live here in Toronto. Anybody, making the trip to the Great White North in August?
Go Tigers.
— Bob

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