July 19th, 2014

Saturday (Game 2): Tigers vs. Indians

Victor Martinez is playing the second game as well, Brad Ausmus decided. He’s the DH, while J.D. Martinez shifts over to left field and Torii Hunter starts in right. Don Kelly spells Nick Castellanos at third.

TIGERS (career numbers off Zach McAllister)

  1. Austin Jackson, CF (7-for-14, 2 walks, 4 K’s)
  2. Ian Kinsler, 2B (3-for-7, double, walk, 2 K’s)
  3. Miguel Cabrera, 1B (4-for-17, double, walk, 3 K’s)
  4. Victor Martinez, DH (8-for-13, 3 doubles, HR, walk, 2 K’s)
  5. J.D. Martinez, LF (2-for-3, HR, walk, K)
  6. Torii Hunter, RF (3-for-13, 2 K’s)
  7. Don Kelly, 3B (2-for-5, 3 walks, K)
  8. Alex Avila, C (1-for-9, walk, 5 K’s)
  9. Eugenio Suarez, SS

P: Max Scherzer 

INDIANS (career numbers vs. Scherzer)

  1. Jason Kipnis, 2B (5-for-27, double, 2 walks, 9 K’s)
  2. Mike Aviles, SS (6-for-22, 2 doubles, 4 K’s)
  3. Michael Brantley, CF (12-for-38, 6 doubles, triple, HR, 3 walks, K)
  4. Carlos Santana, DH (3-for-34, double, 6 walks, 6 K’s)
  5. Lonnie Chisenhall, 3B (5-for-23, double, HR, 3 K’s)
  6. Nick Swisher, 1B (9-for-28, 3 doubles, triple, 5 walks, 12 K’s)
  7. David Murphy, RF (7-for-28, 2 doubles, 2 walks, 7 K’s)
  8. Roberto Perez, C
  9. Chris Dickerson, LF (0-for-9, 7 K’s)

P: Zach McAllister

Saturday (Game 1): Tigers vs. Indians

While the Tigers took advantage of the 26th man rule to bring up Drew VerHagen for his Major League debut (he’s starting Game 1), they made a traditional pitching move as well. Chad Smith was optioned to Triple-A Toledo to make room for a fresh arm with Corey Knebel, who rejoins the Tigers bullpen after a month with the Mud Hens. The move gives the Tigers a fresh arm for the doubleheader, though Knebel had also established his solid pitching again in Toledo, allowing four runs on four hits over 14 1/3 innings since his demotion. He walked eight but struck out 16.

On the lineup front, Victor Martinez starts the opener, but there’s nothing determined yet whether he’ll start the nightcap. Brad Ausmus said he’ll wait until after Game 1 to check with Martinez and how he’s feeling before making that decision. Meanwhile, Bryan Holaday — who has caught Drew VerHagen more often than Alex Avila — gets the start behind the plate. Avila is 3-for-17 off Game 1 starter Corey Kluber.

Torii Hunter is the odd man out in the Tigers outfield for Game 1. J.D. Martinez starts in right field, while Rajai Davis starts in left.

On the Cleveland side, Ryan Raburn is starting against the right-handed VerHagen, perhaps trying to take advantage of the hot bat despite the matchups.

TIGERS (career numbers against Kluber)

  1. Austin Jackson, CF (2-for-14, double, walk, 3 K’s)
  2. Ian Kinsler, 2B (1-for-9, walk, 2 K’s)
  3. Miguel Cabrera, 1B (12-for-24, double, 3 HR, 2 walks, 5 K’s)
  4. Victor Martinez, DH (8-for-17, 2 HR, 2 walks, K)
  5. J.D. Martinez, RF (2-for-3, double)
  6. Nick Castellanos, 3B (3-for-6, K)
  7. Eugenio Suarez, SS (1-for-3)
  8. Bryan Holaday, C (1-for-3)
  9. Rajai Davis, LF (1-for-3, double, K)

P: Drew VerHagen


  1. Jason Kipnis, 2B
  2. Asdrubal Cabrera, SS
  3. Michael Brantley, CF
  4. Carlos Santana, 1B
  5. Lonnie Chisenhall, 3B
  6. Nick Swisher, DH
  7. Yan Gomes, C
  8. David Murphy, RF
  9. Ryan Raburn, LF

P: Corey Kluber