Monday’s lineups: Tigers at Yankees

After three consecutive matchups against Rockies left-handers, the Tigers are scheduled to face three right-handers over their four-game series with the Yankees, starting tonight with Brandon McCarthy (who’s allowing a .311 average to left-handed hitters this year). That means the long-awaited first Tigers start for Ezequiel Carrera, who came up from Triple-A Toledo to take Austin Jackson’s roster spot and watched Rajai Davis tear up Rockies pitching before entering as a late-inning defensive replacement. Carrera will bat second, with Ian Kinsler leading off, which means Carrera and Cabrera will be back-to-back on your scorecard. Adjust accordingly.

The righty-lefty splits also result in a game for Don Kelly at third base, and a day off for Nick Castellanos, who went 1-for-12 with four strikeouts against Colorado this past weekend.

Brett Gardner comes into this series red-hot, having just won AL Player of the Week honors by going 11-for-23 with five homers last week. However, he’s 0-for-14 with five strikeouts lifetime against Max Scherzer. One of these trends is going to break tonight.

TIGERS (career numbers off McCarthy)

  1. Ian Kinsler, 2B (4-for-18, double, 2 walks, 2 K’s)
  2. Ezequiel Carrera, CF (1-for-3, walk, K)
  3. Miguel Cabrera, 1B (4-for-13, 2 doubles, 3 walks, 3 K’s)
  4. Victor Martinez, DH (7-for-21, 4 doubles, HR, 3 walks, 4 K’s)
  5. Torii Hunter, RF (8-for-16, 3 doubles, HR, walk, 3 K’s)
  6. J.D. Martinez, LF
  7. Don Kelly, 3B (3-for-8, double, triple, 2 K’s)
  8. Alex Avila, C (2-for-11, 2 K’s)
  9. Eugenio Suarez, SS

P: Max Scherzer

YANKEES (career numbers against Scherzer)

  1. Brett Gardner, LF (0-for-14, 2 walks, 5 K’s)
  2. Derek Jeter, SS (5-for-16, 2 walks, 3 K’s)
  3. Jacoby Ellsbury, CF (6-for-13, double, HR, 5 walks, 2 K’s)
  4. Mark Teixeira, 1B (3-for-19, double, HR, walk, 5 K’s)
  5. Carlos Beltran, DH (0-for-0, walk)
  6. Brian McCann, C (0-for-5, 4 walks, 3 K’s)
  7. Chase Headley, 3B (3-for-12, 2 walks, 4 K’s)
  8. Stephen Drew, 2B (3-for-19, 2 doubles, walk, 8 K’s)
  9. Martin Prado, RF (2-for-3, double)

P: Brandon McCarthy

86 Comments

Yankees are swinging the bats well, something has to give.

well against the BOS and TOR clubs who don’t have DET pitching……

Forgot to mention during yesterday’s game about that 3rd baseman. He is a wonder to behold. He made unbelievable plays. Couldn’t help but notice.

Man, that Yankee lineup has name recognition if nothing else.
Kelly has had some big moments in this yard.

were any of them in the old yankee yard? but a point worth mentioning that lefties with any kind of power should like this yard.

He started the scoring in Game 5 of the ALDS in 2011 with a homer to right. Then later in the 8th, he caught a potential lead changing 2 run homer on the warning track in right off the bat of Jeter. I remember holding my breath when that ball went out to right. Remember JL breaking down in the post game interview when talking about Kelly having a good game on a big stage?
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— Bob

I remember that now about Leyland and Kelly. That was a nice moment

oh i remember it all right – damn if i didn’t break down myself. I just thought he had some moments in 2006 also – might be totally wrong though.

Jim & Dan just said McCarthy reminds them of Fister.

Really, Fister with 6 MPH added to his fastball? He has shown signs of brilliance in his career.

Guess this umpire doesnt have a clue what a strike is. How these men have jobs?

Alex is a position to make some kind of offensive statement:

Tigers had McCarthy in so much trouble they just can’t let him off the hook here.

Every single one of here expected what Alex just delivered/

Shocker. …Alex Avila whiffs at a ball right down the middle.

Those are the critical at bats that our offense has had difficulty with this season. You simply can’t let a struggling pitcher get away that.

Stood there like a house by the side of the road and watched it go by.

And Suarez literally took one right down the middle. ….what a waste

National TV–I swear we play like buffoons on many of these broadcasts. Alex ridiculous, and Suarez taking one down the middle with bases loaded. Look for the Yanks to take immediate advantage.

I know it has been a ongoing problem . Yankees know what they have to do the rest oof the series .

Can’t wait to we have another catching option in September. Yes U jbiw AA got 3 hits in a game the other day but this is Yankee stadium and at least a bat on the ball was needed.

Who got 3 hits?

Max falling apart here in the 3rd —-3 straight singles.

Betcha they won’t waste their opportunities!

Pretty crappy inning by Scherzer and the only reason it wasn’t worse than 2 runs is because there was good defense behind him. He’s just not good tonight it isn’t like Yankees have a superior offense this year. He needs to figure it out and quick.

Funny what can happen when you just simply hit the ball.
I can hear AJ fans saying he would have run that ball down—no way.
This is what you can expect everyday from EZ
That 2nd inning was so crucial and we looked so impotent.
Max needs to find himself and get over Yankee Stadium.

Tigers need to work McCarthy again. They let him off the hook once and they can’t come out and swing at the first couple of pitches.

Kinsler! Man. Infante doesn’t turn that DP.

His defense is saving him Scherzer is pitching like crap and getting hit very hard.

got some action goin here with 2 outs in the 6th.

I didn’t figure Max would throw no-hitter and he has not fooled this lefty-laden lineup but he is not the reason we are down 2-1. It’s unconfident at-bats at the bottom of the lineup that took the starch right out of us.
Have the tigers figured out they are not playing the Rockies yet?
Oh joy, here come Alex with a RISP. And against a southpaw. What are the oddsmakers saying?

He sure is a part of it and infact he’s damn lucky it’s not about 6 or 7 runs they have on the board if Carrara doesn’t catch that it at least clears the bases if not a inside the parker with who was running. He shouldn’t get credit for not being part of the reason because of his defense. In fact he just gave up another hard hit ball in 5.1 innings he’s allowed 9 hits and walked 3. He’s stunk and yes the offense has stunk but in no way should he be let off the hook.

OMG, please Alex.

The amazing Alex not coming through again. Waste of space.

Meanwhile, down on the farm, James McCann is hitting over .300
He’s a sure bet for a September callup.
This is the game we need Miggy to show how it’s done.
Anybody hear how Suarez is?

Sprained knee, will be re-evaluated tomorrow.

I think they need to get Hardy warming up in that pen—fast.

He is. I’m watching the game on espn, for a change and listening to Dan & Jim on the radio.

They’re calling it a sprain. He will be re-evaluated tomorrow. Depending on the level of the sprain, they could bring up Hernan. Hopefully, it’s only a sprain.

ESPN is talking about Max turning down the money.

They talk about it all the time on the mlb channel and the commen comment among the former baseball players especially is that what it tells them that he turned down the money is that he doesn’t want to be in Detroit, if he wants to be there he accepts the money to be the 6th highest paid player in baseball….and he turned it down obviously.

Miguel hasn’t looked any better than Avila tonight at the plate.

Been one of those years for Miguel.
These ESPN guys are full of sh!t.
Sure are a lot of Max Haters out there.
He has given up 2 tonight even though he is not on. He’s a bulldog.
I hope we re-sign him and make GK a fan again.

That’s what an “Ace” does when he doesn’t have his good stuff he pitches 7 innings only giving up 2. As far as the defensive plays that’s what those guys are out there for, to make plays.

Just don’t tell me he’s pitched well tonight….yes he’s hung in there and pitched better the last 2 but the first 5 or so he pitched very bad. And he won’t sign here I’d almost bet my house on it.

What are they saying about him on ESPN? That he’s gotten away with a whole lot out there tonight? And people aren’t going to think much of a guy who turns down the the 6th richest contract and they lie about it! It doesn’t look good.

They basically implied that he doesn’t want to be in Detroit. They said it has to be more than money because the offer was not a low ball offer. They speculated that he didn’t want to be in Verlander’s shadow anymore and that he might have a destination in mind already. We will see. Price or Sherzer long term? I take Price. I don’t think they can afford both.
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— Bob

The trade for Price was Scherzer´s farewell.
ESPN in español about both pitcher. None had it but they they survived, the sign of really good pitchers
I cant comment more, due to a blackout I watched from top 8

Gotta be up at 4:45….

Not much to be happy about this game

Avilia needs to do more at the plate, pure and simple.

Yep, I doubt the Tigers even make a competitive offer to Scherzer now that Price is around. They are going to throw that money at Price instead. Personally I’d rather have Price anyway. Scherzer is great but Price has been way more consistent

You can quit complaining about Scherzer. As ElTigre said, Price replaces him. Max can’t stay in Detroit even if he suddenly wanted to. He’s a rental from this point forward.

Good things, defense and Coke’s inning, plus Scherzer battling. Everything else bad.
I guess Kelly was going to play SS if they’d tied the game.

Almost forgot, Avila is like having the pitcher in the batting order. Everything hit into the shift, when hit at all. There are things he could do about that. He’s not Ted Williams.

Iott
“Ausmus said he chose Davis over Castellanos in the ninth based on numbers vs. Robertson, speed on bases if he does get on”
Of course, he cant hit against RH but that is a minor detail. Davis, I mean

1. Outstanding defens tonight.
2. Carreras makes catch of the season.
3. Max mucks out seven solid inning.
Kudos to Coke for keeping us in the game. Miguel simply has to get better swings. Forget the big homer; he looked like Maggie again tonight. We just can’t win with no production from the middle. Avila is still making his descent back to earth. All the games will probably be grinders.

Disappointing. It felt like a playoff game that we lost……again.

Carrera´s play must be the best of the season.It was an Otis Nixon, Torii with the Twins, Junior or Jones like play- The coordination to keep the ball in the hand and being aware of where he was landing..

Funny thing is that now with the shift, Avilia seems to be trying to pull even more? He used to use CF and the LF gap. We need that Avilia back. Bases loaded, 1 out, he needs to drive a runner home.

Tigers hired another hitting coach . Is he working with Alex on his problems at the plate ?? Thats right drive in a run or at least put the ball in play . He again looks lost at the plate …..

Nice catch by Carrera and nice job of them to keep the game in check from that point on. Even Coke did his job last night and did it well. Too bad we could not muster out any more hitting.

I would imagine we’ll see the same lineup tonight. Probably Avila again since this is Price’s first game. Hope the bats wake up.

except for Suarez, unless he’s .had an overnight miraculous recovery.

There are things about this club that we just need to accept but let’s face it, some of them are a bit hard to swallow.
Avila’s capitulation at the plate in important at bats is one of them. So is the bullpen situation which DD feels compelled to ignore.
We have to hope that a lineup with a reduced Miggy, an inexperienced JD, an unfinished Castellanos, an inconsistent free-swinging veteran Hunter and a rookie shortstop with a trick knee can compensate for a LHB power bat that surrenders his at bats as easily as William Hull at Fort Detroit 200 years ago. Avila is approaching tar and feather territory and is an oasis to opposing pitchers trying to navigate the Tiger lineup.
If the above can be accomplished we will need major rebounds from AlAl, Coke, Soria and Nathan.
Al has been very undependable. Since his surgery he has lost the devasting slider he once had and is getting by with something far more hittable. Coke has been better lately (very hard for me to understand) but he can fall apart in a NY minute.
The farm system has some lefties in it but the ones on the 40 man all walk hitters far too much. The only relief down there are RHP like Miller and Whelan (not on the 40 man).
The rest of this season is not going to be easy and the pressure on the rotation is going to be intense.

It seems odd that we haven’t heard anything on Suarez. I don’t know if that’s a good sign or not.

Last time Suarez did this, he was out 4 games. I expect the same. He needs to learn how to slide.

Good read here. MLB managers rate top three players in a number of categories. Note Alex Avila rated 2nd among AL catchers.

http://www.baseballamerica.com/majors/2014-major-league-best-tools/

That’s defensive catcher. Important to note.

So, Trout is first only in ” most exciting player”??
HIS DRS in CF , minus 5 , Jackson 0

Turner DFA. That is not good, who would trust someone who only sell bad players… Great scouting the Tigers has

I say pick him up and put him in toledo. is that possible?

around 26 teams must pass on him first

That stat comes in REAL handy for some of the discussions we have here and elsewhere.

Re that Turner DFA, Andrew Miller did finally come along and Maybin has been a big leaguer. A top prospect in reality is one that becomes a major leaguer, not necessarily a star.
As this moment, it appears the Marlins dumped Sanchez and Infante, but time will tell. IMO they have the worst management in MLB.

Lineup at NYY: Davis 8, Kinsler 4, Cabrera 3, V. Martinez DH, Hunter 9, J. Martinez 7, Castellanos 5, Avila 2, Romine 6. Price starting.

Tigers signed Jim Johnson I read a post about him that says he is beyond recovery , I will try to find it

Jim Johnson is a no harm acquisition. Dude just lost his mojo like a penny on the street.

Davis vs Kuroda:313 /.353 /.563/.915 My first reaction was: JL is back. He was criticized for PHing Davis so he starts him. But those numbers justify him

Iott:

Tigers awaiting MRI results on Eugenio Suarez but Brad Ausmus said he’s “moving around extremely well.” He’s encouraged.

Didn’t Matt Thornton pitch in last night’s game? He’s currently driving down to DC, having been claimed on waivers by the Nats.
Looks like you were right about Suarez, ElTigre.

Hey anyone hear the words BIOGENESIS and ANOTHER ROUND OF SUSPENSIONS in the same sentence today? I did – stay tuned!

I think they better let that business go. Black eyes all around.

MLB announces three finalists for commissioner, none of them Dombrowski. That would be good news for Detroit, if not necessarily Dave.

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