Thursday’s lineups: Tigers at Angels

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J.D. Martinez was originally in the starting lineup, but Brad Ausmus said he decided to give him one more game of rest as a precaution.

“Despite the fact that he felt much better, I just decided I didn’t want to have a situation where he reaggravated it,” Ausmus said, “so I put Rajai in and shifted the lineup around a little bit.”

Martinez is available as a pinch-hitter.

Gameday | TV: FS Detroit, MLB.TV | Radio: 97.1 FM, AM 1270, Gameday Audio

TIGERS (career numbers off Garrett Richards)

  1. Austin Jackson, CF (1-for-10, 3 K’s)
  2. Ian Kinsler, 2B (4-for-13, 2 doubles, walk, 2 K’s)
  3. Miguel Cabrera, 1B (2-for-8, double, 2 K’s)
  4. Victor Martinez, DH (0-for-4, 2 K’s)
  5. Torii Hunter, RF (0-for-4)
  6. Nick Castellanos, 3B
  7. Alex Avila, C (0-for-4, walk, K)
  8. Eugenio Suarez, SS
  9. Rajai Davis, LF (0-for-7)

P: Max Scherzer

ANGELS (career numbers versus Scherzer)

  1. Kole Calhoun, RF (0-for-1, K)
  2. Mike Trout, RF (3-for-13, double, HR, 8 K’s)
  3. Albert Pujols, 1B (1-for-10, double, 2 walks, 3 K’s)
  4. Josh Hamilton, LF (6-for-19, double, HR, walk, 4 K’s)
  5. Erick Aybar, SS (2-for-14, double, K)
  6. Howie Kendrick, 2B (2-for-8, walk, 2 K’s)
  7. David Freese, 3B
  8. C.J. Cron, DH
  9. Hank Conger, C

P: Garrett Richards


What’s almost as bad as these late games? Having to hear !ike Trouts name every five seconds.

I took a little nap, but these late night games are torture for me. Their pitcher is no joke is he? Throwing 98 in the first inning.

Tiger fans everywhere.

I think it’s because so many people have moved from Michigan to find work.


Always seems to be the one inning with all these Tiger’s pitchers and big blow up iinnins every damn game these days. Unable to limit the damage.

Not to mention way too many pitches.

Guy with a 3.42 era not a 144 million dollar player, let alone more. He more often than not can’t get through 7

I was bemoaning the fact (to my wife) about Max throwing low fastballs to Calhoun. Really felt he could get the K he needed with an elevated fastball. He then proved my theory when pitching to Trout.
Max has a natural delivery for the high fastball. It comes out of a low slot and because of that, actually has a tendency to rise. Guys and gals here who have ever played fast-pitch softball know exactly what I mean.
It is a deadly pitch, especially to LHB and even moreso when you are throwing 95+
I actually hold Avila to task for this. Again, I’ve said it many times, he just does not give his pitchers a target, and I think that is a flaw in is game.

C’mon Casty–just watch the ball, slow down and meet it

Just like that. I think Casty is a little miffed after being benched for 3 games.

And of course Avila, who on those rare occasions actually hits the ball, doesn’t do what he normally does and fails to hit the ground ball to the right side. He is virtually useless offensively.

Well GK, hopefully it is only the one bad inning for Max. Do you like any of our starters?

Yep. And I like Sanchez, Porcello and Smyly. I’ve never enjoyed watching Verlander pitch, even when he was good now that he sucks it’s intolerable. Max flails around and I find him frustrating to watch even when he was good. And I also think he’s a greedy lier.
But I do think for some reason our pitchers whether starters or relievers have had a hard time controlling big innings this year and I don’t remember that being a big problem in recent years. Lots of big innings.

11 strike-outs, gk, Not too shabby.

It’s of course not terrible but a 3 run inning isn’t great either.

Wow, they’re walking Victor.

Oh, Jackson. That was beautiful.

Max back in the groove. Don’t let Calhoun get you Max

You almost spoke too soon.

Austin says take that Trout!

Really tried not to complain about the ball/strikes calling and its been ok but his mistakes have all been negative to Tigers one way or the other. Joba had Trout struck out and it wasn’t even close to a ball.

Come on Joba

Joba doesn’t have it tonight.

Does Joe?

Does he ever?

Hold your breath….Joe is in

I have to back you up GK, I thought the ump was very erratic. Not for one side or the other mind you but there were strikes that were balls, vice versa and sometimes the same pitch that was a strike was later a ball. Joba completely fooled Trout (and possibly the ump too). That is one of those times that can change the course of a ball game. Thank goodness for the DP

Calhoun when he got that 2 run double he was struck out.

Best outing of the year for Joe Nathan. Keep it up!

Vintage Joe Nathan.

Today it was Joe Blow (’em away) Nathan.
Pretty to watch.

A lot to about that one. Got runs off their wonderboy and their bullpen, clutch hits, good D, good start by Max and Nathan nails it down in style. Tigers play really good ball on the road.

A lot to LIKE.

1. Nathan gives up nothin’.
2. Ajax wipes the fence clean, and has another twofer.
3. Old Man River continues to keep rollin’.
Kudos to Rookie’s 1 and 2. Mad Max had the K game going, and the Defense was solid again. What a big win against the likes of Richards. Joe decided he better do his job or give it up to Red Shoes. Need just one more of three to be a great road trip. Anything better is big time.

Nice start against a potential playoff team! They do seem to play better against divisional contenders and as stated on the road. Everyone gets a hit except Avila but I guess he called a helluva game. Max was on, Joba was just ok and Nathan has the “Mexecutioner” scare in him hopefully. If you get Soria 3 days earlier and you sweep the DBacks. Coulda, woulda, shoulda stuff tho.

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