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


You’ve turned into Captain Obvious, Jason. Us fans have been saying that we need Bullpen help all season. TRY AND KEEP UP!

Tigers 55 games in 54 days
Saint Louis:
Mike Matheny sent Shelby Miller to the bullpen. Going until August with a 4 man rotation.

One problem tigers pitchers aren’t that good. Anibal got all tuckered out last night with 80 or so pitches not having pitched since the previous Friday.

In fact, STL starters 6 IP/GS. Wainwright goes 7.3. Tigers 6.2 .Verlander 6.2 . Max and RP: 6.6

58% of QS ( league average 50)

I’m not so sure it’s a good idea that Street went to the Angels. We absolutely need pen help so I doubt they’d get rid if Benoit and Street. DD hasn’t been able to get us pieces we are in desperate need of. Can’t count on Hanrahan to ever be ready. Can’t count on almost anything we have there now. Starting pitching is suspect. Again some teams making strides Tigers doing nothing.

Soria is available too. Some under the radar guy like Sipp ,I have said that before, times, would be huge upgrade

Wonder when DD will see the pen needs serious help? It is obvious to the fans maybe the front office wants to try and skate . This cant continue …….

I hate it when they argue balls and strikes.

By the rules, automatic expulsion but…

I thought Laz Diaz last night called a good solid rulebook strikezone. This guy today not so much. Shouldn’t have to be trying to locate where the strikezone is.

When your opponent´s sinker is faster than your starter´s fastball, the hill in hard to climb

I may be crazy, but I still haven’t given up on DD bringing in some outside bullpen help.

They could help the rookie with some run support

And another inning with no ER for Coke. Worthless stat for relievers.

IR% to correct that

Yep. He was at .370 before today’s, so now it’s 28-11 or so.

Kluber 10th best ERA in the AL

That was their best pitcher. Glad I wasn’t at the ballpark for this one. Win five in a row then lose three in a row.
Okay, regroup and go for the split. These 4-game series, man…….

“Gm2 vs. CLE: Jackson 8, Kinsler 4, Cabrera 3, V. Martinez DH, J. Martinez 7, Hunter 9, Kelly 5, Avila 2, Suarez 6. Scherzer starting”

Here’s hoping the second show of the “double-feature” is better than the first and the one before that and the one before that.

“Kevin Rand checked out Max Scherzer’s shoulder after he warmed up. Rick Porcello ran out to the bullpen, but Max is taking the mound.”

his shoulder, supposedly.

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