July 26th, 2014
Dave Dombrowski raised a little surprise Thursday when he mentioned Andy Dirks as a potential option for a left-handed bat.
“I think Andy Dirks is going to come back here,” Dombrowski said when downplaying the chance of a trade for a left-handed hitter. “He’s making progress again. I think he’s going to help us.”
That return might not be as far off as expected. Dirks has been making progress in workouts in Florida, Brad Ausmus said, and could resume his minor-league rehab assignment early next week.
“We’re hopeful if he feels good on Monday that we can maybe restart his assignment,” Ausmus said Saturday.
Dirks played in six games for Class A Lakeland earlier this month before being pulled off his rehab assignment July 16 with lower back soreness. If and when he resumes his assignment, those days don’t reset, so he’ll have about two weeks left out of the 20 days of rehab he gets before the Tigers have to make a roster decision on him.
If Dirks were to resume action around the middle of next week, he’d hit his maximum 20 days of rehab around mid-August. It’s worth noting that Dirks still has minor-league options remaining, and they could conceivably use one to send him to the minors until rosters expand Sept. 1.
Brad Ausmus sticks with last night’s lineup, this time against a right-hander in Michigan native and Eastern Michigan University product Matt Shoemaker. His splits — .297 average and .829 OPS against left-handed hitters, .252 and .727 against righties — are very similar to Friday night’s starter, lefty Tyler Skaggs.
The Angels called up J.B. Shuck from Triple-A to help fill in for Josh Hamilton while he’s dealing with the sore knee that forced him out of last night’s game, but Efren Navarro gets the start in left field. More of a surprise, Erick Aybar moves up to bat cleanup. Ageless ex-Tiger John McDonald, essentially traded for himself down the stretch in 2005, gets the start at third base for David Freese.
TIGERS (no career numbers off Shoemaker)
- Austin Jackson, CF
- Ian Kinsler, 2B
- Miguel Cabrera, 1B
- Victor Martinez, DH
- J.D. Martinez, LF
- Torii Hunter, RF
- Nick Castellanos, 3B
- Alex Avila, C
- Eugenio Suarez, SS
P: Justin Verlander
ANGELS (career numbers vs. Verlander)
- Kole Calhoun, RF
- Mike Trout, CF (1-for-3, HR, walk)
- Albert Pujols, 1B (7-for-12, 2 doubles, HR, 6 walks, 3 K’s)
- Erick Aybar, SS (9-for-27, 2 doubles, 2 walks, 2 K’s)
- Howie Kendrick, 2B (5-for-21, 2 doubles, 6 K’s)
- Efren Navarro, LF
- C.J. Cron, DH
- Chris Iannetta, C (1-for-5, K)
- John McDonald, 3B (1-for-5, double, K)
P: Matt Shoemaker
Drew Smyly entered Friday allowing a .307 average and .895 OPS to right-handed hitters, compared with .155 and .430 in the same categories against left-handed batters.
Smyly’s strikeout-to-hit ratio against lefties until Friday night was 32-17, with just four walks. Against righties, it was 44-to-79, with 26 passes.
The Angels lineup he faced on Friday featured six right-handed batters, a switch-hitter and two lefties. The seven batters from the right side went 0-for-7 with seven strikeouts the first time through the order. The two left-handed hitters were hitless, but put the ball in play.
He matched his season high in strikeouts for a game (seven) the first time through the order on Friday. He matched his career high (10) with his final out of the fifth, 16 batters into his outing.
His career high in swings and misses was 15 from his May 13 win in Baltimore. He garnered 18 swings and misses out of 45 curveballs and cutters Friday. Add in a couple whiffs off of his fastball, and he had 20 swinging strikes out of 92 pitches.
His 11-strikeout performance was the highest total for a Tigers lefty in 21 years:
|David Wells||1993-06-04||DET||CAL||L 3-6||GS-8||8.0||4||3||3||2||11|
|Frank Tanana||1985-08-22||DET||OAK||W 5-3||GS-8||8.0||7||3||1||1||11|
|Frank Tanana||1985-07-23||DET||CHW||L 3-5||CG 8 ,L||8.0||8||5||2||1||11|
|Pat Underwood||1979-07-02||DET||CLE||L 4-8||GS-7||6.2||9||4||3||1||11|
|John Hiller||1977-06-14||DET||TOR||W 7-2||CG 9 ,W||9.0||4||2||2||3||12|
|Mickey Lolich||1974-06-16||DET||KCR||W 3-2||CG 11 ,W||11.0||11||2||2||2||11|
|Mickey Lolich||1974-06-04 (1)||DET||OAK||L 0-4||CG 9 ,L||9.0||4||4||3||5||12|
|Mickey Lolich||1974-05-26||DET||CLE||W 2-1||CG 9 ,W||9.0||5||1||1||1||11|
|Woodie Fryman||1973-09-11||DET||MIL||W 4-2||GS-9 ,W||9.0||6||2||2||1||11|
|Mickey Lolich||1973-06-17||DET||MIN||W 6-0||SHO9 ,W||9.0||7||0||0||3||11|
|Mickey Lolich||1972-10-02||DET||BOS||W 4-1||CG 9 ,W||9.0||6||1||1||5||15|
|Mickey Lolich||1972-07-17||DET||CHW||W 3-1||CG 9 ,W||9.0||7||1||0||0||11|
|Les Cain||1971-08-23||DET||MIN||W 4-2||CG 9 ,W||9.0||5||2||2||5||13|
|Mickey Lolich||1971-08-04||DET||WSA||W 2-1||CG 9 ,W||9.0||7||1||1||1||14|
|Mickey Lolich||1971-07-31||DET||CAL||L 2-3||CG 12 ,L||12.0||9||3||3||0||14|
|Mickey Lolich||1971-06-28||DET||BAL||W 9-4||GS-13||13.0||7||4||4||2||12|
|Mickey Lolich||1971-06-24||DET||CLE||W 3-0||SHO9 ,W||9.0||8||0||0||2||11|
|Mickey Lolich||1971-06-20 (1)||DET||CLE||L 6-7||GS-8||8.0||7||6||5||3||11|
|Mickey Lolich||1971-05-07||DET||KCR||W 3-1||CG 9 ,W||9.0||8||1||1||6||13|
|John Hiller||1970-10-01||DET||CLE||W 1-0||SHO9 ,W||9.0||2||0||0||2||11|
|Mickey Lolich||1970-08-23||DET||MIL||W 1-0||GS-8 ,W||8.0||2||0||0||2||14|
|Mike Kilkenny||1970-06-16||DET||OAK||W 5-1||CG 9 ,W||9.0||4||1||1||3||11|
|Mike Kilkenny||1969-09-17||DET||CLE||W 5-0||SHO9 ,W||9.0||5||0||0||5||13|
|Mickey Lolich||1969-08-29||DET||SEP||W 6-1||CG 9 ,W||9.0||5||1||1||3||12|
|Mickey Lolich||1969-08-20||DET||SEP||W 4-3||CG 9 ,W||9.0||8||3||3||4||14|
|Mickey Lolich||1969-07-24||DET||KCR||W 3-1||CG 9 ,W||9.0||4||1||1||3||13|
|Mickey Lolich||1969-06-09||DET||SEP||L 2-3||GS-9||9.0||4||1||1||1||16|
|Mickey Lolich||1969-05-23||DET||CAL||W 6-3||CG 9 ,W||9.0||4||3||3||2||16|
|Mickey Lolich||1968-09-15||DET||OAK||W 13-0||SHO9 ,W||9.0||3||0||0||2||12|
|Mickey Lolich||1968-08-29||DET||CAL||W 2-0||SHO9 ,W||9.0||3||0||0||1||12|
|Mickey Lolich||1968-07-01||DET||CAL||W 5-1||CG 9 ,W||9.0||5||1||1||0||14|
|Mickey Lolich||1967-09-30 (1)||DET||CAL||W 5-0||SHO9 ,W||9.0||3||0||0||4||11|
|Mickey Lolich||1967-09-19||DET||BOS||L 2-4||GS-8 ,L||8.0||6||4||4||1||13|
|Mickey Lolich||1967-08-22 (2)||DET||MIN||W 2-1||GS-8||8.0||6||1||1||3||13|
|Mickey Lolich||1966-09-05 (1)||DET||WSA||L 4-6||GS-7 ,L||7.0||9||6||6||4||11|
|Mickey Lolich||1965-09-22||DET||CHW||L 1-2||CG 9 ,L||9.0||5||2||1||1||11|
|Mickey Lolich||1965-08-19 (2)||DET||MIN||L 1-2||GS-7||7.0||3||1||1||2||13|
|Hank Aguirre||1965-08-12||DET||KCA||W 11-1||CG 9 ,W||9.0||4||1||1||0||11|
|Mickey Lolich||1964-09-09||DET||NYY||W 4-0||SHO9 ,W||9.0||5||0||0||1||12|
|Hank Aguirre||1962-06-29||DET||BAL||W 1-0||SHO9 ,W||9.0||3||0||0||1||11|
|Billy Hoeft||1956-07-29 (1)||DET||WSH||W 6-0||SHO9 ,W||9.0||6||0||0||4||12|
|Billy Hoeft||1954-05-31 (2)||DET||BAL||L 2-4||CG 8 ,L||8.0||9||4||4||1||11|
|Ted Gray||1952-09-28||DET||CLE||L 2-8||CG 9 ,L||9.0||9||8||8||4||11|
|Ted Gray||1951-08-12||DET||SLB||W 2-1||8.0||3||1||1||3||12|
|Hal Newhouser||1947-05-25 (1)||DET||CHW||W 10-1||9.0||7||1||1||3||11|
|Hal Newhouser||1946-09-18||DET||PHA||W 2-1||10.0||3||1||1||1||11|
|Hal Newhouser||1946-06-02||DET||WSH||W 10-2||9.0||8||2||1||3||13|
|Hal Newhouser||1945-05-23||DET||PHA||W 7-1||9.0||7||1||1||1||11|
|Hal Newhouser||1943-08-14||DET||WSH||L 4-7||9.0||9||7||3||6||11|
|Hal Newhouser||1943-05-27||DET||NYY||W 3-2||CG 9 ,W||9.0||4||2||2||2||14|
|Earl Whitehill||1930-08-14||DET||NYY||W 5-1||9.0||7||1||1||2||11|
|Earl Whitehill||1926-08-08||DET||NYY||W 8-3||9.0||7||3||2||2||12|
|Harry Coveleski||1914-07-30||DET||WSH||W 3-2||10.0||3||2||1||5||11|