Wednesday’s lineups: Tigers vs. White Sox

Nick Castellanos said last night he planned to be in the lineup “one way or another,” despite his bruised right index finger, and for now at least, he is. He’s starting at third base and batting seventh. Eugenio Suarez, on the other hand, is out, replaced by Andrew Romine. From a matchup standpoint, it’s interesting, because right-handed batters are hitting .320 (56-for-175) with an .871 OPS off Hector Noesi this year.

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TIGERS (career numbers off Noesi)

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

P: Max Scherzer

WHITE SOX (career numbers vs. Scherzer)

  1. Adam Eaton, CF (0-for-5, 2 walks, K)
  2. Alexei Ramirez, SS (6-for-51, 2 doubles, 5 walks, 7 K’s)
  3. Jose Abreu, 1B (1-for-10, double, 3 K’s)
  4. Adam Dunn, DH (10-for-44, 3 HR, 5 walks, 21 K’s)
  5. Dayan Viciedo, RF (9-for-29, 3 doubles, triple, 2 HR, walk, 10 K’s)
  6. Conor Gillaspie, 3B (3-for-13, double, HR, walk, 2 K’s)
  7. Gordon Beckham, 2B (9-for-41, 3 doubles, 4 walks, 12 K’s)
  8. Alejandro De Aza, LF (10-for-38, double, HR, 5 walks, 12 K’s)
  9. Tyler Flowers, C (2-for-6, walk, 4 K’s)

P: Hector Noesi


Does Avila justify his “1st string” status tonight?
This team NEEDS a victory today.
Casty has been around for 100 games now. Time to be force in the lineup.
Rich—I don’t see a harness on Ian’s right shoulder yet.

Good start. Seriously didn’t think Casty’s homer was going out.

1st AB Iand stayed straight to the ball but not the 2nd AB. Very pronounced drop of his back shoulder. Earmark of a guy trying to go yard. I know because I do it all the time in slow-pitch (not so much the yard part) but a lot of towering fly balls or pop-ups result.
Seems like an easy fix for a guy making millions and having the advantage of experienced hitters, batting instructors, and video-tape at his disposal.
We need Ian more than any other guy on this team to be consistent.

There will be no 2-run jinx tonight. Now make those 6 runs hold up.
One of the few times I have watched them play live tonight on ChiSox TV. I am not good at noticing the finer points of the game but I did see Ian’s shoulder drop on that 2nd at-bat. I usually just try to enjoy the game. Hopefully they will let me.

GK–are you thinking Max might be an Ace?

Still dont….I think he’s really good with potential to be an ace. Still think he’s a lying sac of crap too. Not one person on this team I think less of as a person than him either.
Isn’t it interesting that Noesi had around 50 or so pitches in the first 2 innings yet only 34 in the next 4. Don’t want to complain when they are winning but what happened.

33 qualifying starters with a better era
33 “. “. with a better whip
23 whom have pitched more innings
For comparison Felix Hernandez has pitched 8 games this year in which he’s pitches 8 innings or more Max (we will see about today) 4. I think he’s really good. But an ace?

Okay, I’ll play along. Of those 33 starters, how many would you want to pitch THE game for you?

About 15 or 116 which have been consistently better – another 10 or so who’ve been as good.

Sources: The #Tigers are still out scouting relievers, trying to add another bullpen piece after Joakim Soria.

Sometimes it seems as if no one should ever lose to the White Sox.
Like management, I was impressed with Blaine Hardy in ST. I’m hoping he can be successful advancing to bigger spots and, if we’re fortunate enough to get there, get some big outs in the postseason.

1. A crooked number in the first to get things rolling.
2. Rookie 1’s 4 Rib night. Many more should follow in the coming years.
3. Max gives us a good seven.

Kudos to Old Man River, Miggy, and Julio. Also, a nice inning from Mr. Hardy. AA was the only starter without a hit. Wish we could reinvent his all star year, but it ain’t looking that good. Gained a game on KC and the Tribe. Thank you Twinks and Sailors. Anxious to see if Drew can continue his improvements against the Chisox righties.

People see things differently.
The way I will remember Max is the the way he pitched with is heart broken when his brother died. He pitched with dignity, courage, and love for his family.
I hope he stays but whatever transpires I sure am glad he was a Detroit Tiger.

Same here Dan – I saw that interview he gave last year showing him going around Detroit to the field. Sure he might have been acting but he just felt like a good guy. The contract stuff was hard to take because of how much I like Max but overall I’d take him in big games any day – I recall last year him coming in out of the bullpen and getting some big outs in the playoffs and the fire in him is what I like – seems to have the most of any of our starters in the rotation.

I used to think he was that person, this year I’ve heard him in his interviews when things go well with a lot of Me me me’s and I did this literally have heard him say Kudos to me. When things are bad its more about the team. I’m not the only one who’s noticed …local radio personalities make fun of him on the radio.
If he wants to leave fine it’s his right, but just don’t comment then. One Sunday a few years ago wont change my opinion.

Wagner form the Blade:
In a nutshell, @MudHens LHP Robbie Ray struggled w/ fastball command, giving up 9 H & 4 BB for 5 R in 4.2 IP

Sad to hear that bit of news, ET. His previous 2 outings had been pretty good. Probably can’t use him in a trade, now. Some guys play their best when they know there are trade rumors in the air or when they have a chance to make some big league roster. Guess he’s not ready, yet.

The Tigers farm system is weak.
Most prospects have failed once traded
So why the fear with intra- divisional trades?

I always hope they continue to focus on pitchers because we all know you can never have enough.

i was thinking in Perkins or if they want a SS , better Asdrubal then Drew

Yes, definitely. My reference to pitchers was meant during the draft.

Lester traded for cespedes confirmed

Didn’t see your post, ET; Just so shocked I wanted to write it here.

They had the best rotation in the AL and upgraded it

It is like 1972 all over again, the last chance of a Tigers team ( no Victor, Scherzer and Hunter next year) vs a full loaded A´s team

Lester to the A’s, Cespedes to Boston. Sure wish we could have cashed in on Cespedes.

Lineup Jackson CF, Kinsler 2B, Cabrera 1B, Martinez DH Hunter RF, Martinez LF, Castellanos 3B, Avila C, Suarez SS

cool! porcello is on the list too along w/max.

Rajai 5 for 18 career off Danks with 3 XB hits. Not in the lineup? Mean anything?
JD is a small sample 0 x 3 vs Danks.
Surprisingly AA has hit him pretty well. AJ has hit him real hard. As has Torii and Ian.

Except now Alex is ripping liners into that shift. He doesn’t have much of a chance anymore.

Interesting trade. In the postseason, an opponent will see Lester once or twice rather than Cespedes everyday. But this is about the Angels providing stiff divisional competition. Good trade for Boston in the long run.

Especially if the Sox resign Lester in the off season. Like the Phillies did with Lee.

Alex Avila better complete a self evaluation. If he wants to remain a regular in the bigs he needs to hit. If that means learning how to hit a ball into a vacant left side of the infield then he damn will better do it. At least drop the odd bunt down there.

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