Tuesday’s lineups: Tigers at Rays

Brad Ausmus shuffles up his lineup a bit, moving Torii Hunter back up to second in the order, leading off with Ian Kinsler and moving Rajai Davis back to the ninth spot. Essentially it’s a return to an early-season batting order to try to ignite a few different hitters — including Hunter (who’s just 11-for-53 in August with more strikeouts than he had in June or July) and Kinsler, who batted just 2-for-17 last week as part of a second-half slump that’s well known.

That said, it might not be enough against Chris Archer, who fell two outs shy of a complete-game win at Comerica Park July 5.

While the Tigers miss out on facing Drew Smyly, they’ll get their first look at Curt Casali, the catcher they gave up a year and a half ago to gain full rights to Kyle Lobstein. He’s not hitting much, but he came up with the reputation as a defense-first catcher.

TIGERS (career numbers off Archer)

  1. Ian Kinsler, 2B (1-for-10, double, 4 K’s)
  2. Torii Hunter, RF (2-for-4, K)
  3. Miguel Cabrera, 1B (1-for-5, 2 walks)
  4. Victor Martinez, DH (1-for-3, K)
  5. J.D. Martinez, LF (2-for-7, HR)
  6. Nick Castellanos, 3B (0-for-4, K)
  7. Alex Avila, C (1-for-2, HR, 2 walks)
  8. Andrew Romine, SS (2-for-4, walk, K)
  9. Rajai Davis, CF (0-for-3, K)

P: Max Scherzer

RAYS (career numbers vs. Scherzer)

  1. Desmond Jennings, CF (2-for-15, double, 6 K’s)
  2. Ben Zobrist, 2B (2-for-18, HR, 2 walks, 2 K’s)
  3. Matt Joyce, LF (2-for-17, double, HR, 3 walks, 5 K’s)
  4. Evan Longoria, 3B (2-for-14, HR, walk, 5 K’s)
  5. James Loney, 1B (6-for-23, double, HR, walk, 3 K’s)
  6. Yunel Escobar, SS (11-for-30, 3 doubles, HR, 3 walks, 7 K’s)
  7. Vince Belnome, DH (0-for-3, 2 K’s)
  8. Curt Casali, C
  9. Kevin Kiermaier, RF (0-for-3, K)

P: Chris Archer


good looking lineup.

Which team?

Low scoring game, we need to scratch a couple runs early.

Best Lineup!!

OMG, the place looks like there’s on a few thousand people there.


Already in the hole. Max not looking sharp.

Not at home watching just looked at my phone to see max already has us in a deep whole. And of course no hitting for us. Excellent

Totally dysfunctional team. K’s at the wrong time, defensive blunders,, Kinsler being completely stupid and pulling the 1st pitch with 3 infielders on the left side.
These guys have no self confidence and no confidence or trust in each other.
Painful to watch.

They may not know it themselves but think they have given up, and not on this game.
They don’t believe.

I heard the tigers are probably going to sign that Cuban fella to replace AJ.

Tampa scored with a 3-run homer by Loney…scored again in the second.
Now 4-0…they just keep adding runs …we blew a scoring opportunity when Kinsler
hit into DP..what else is new….bye for now. another scoring opportunity shot in
Goolion..lead off double …ground ball by Cabrerra, pop-u by Martinez, strike-out
Martinez…I’ve had it…this team is dead.

It may be a good signing but anything DD does at this point is flailing desperation.
I don’t think KC will be the only team ahead of us when it is all over.

i don’t think so. i think KC tanks and we win the central.

Can’t see it. Too good of a bullpen. Good hitting in spite of the loss of Hosmer. Good rotation. Youth. Salvador Perez.

and we’re tied. take that negativity…..right Mlive fellas. SEASON AINT OVER YET.

What I’m saying is don’t count on the Royals “tanking”.

Do you make this trade in the off-season?

Miguel Cabrerra for Aroldis Chapman and Joey Votto?


Decision time. With a slim 1 run lead and porous late-inning relief corps, do you put in Carerra and/or Kelly for defense in the 8th?

Tiger’s pen awesome as usual.

Kc just went ahead again. …

My head is shaking. Why on this green planet would Ausmus burn up a bench player by PHing Suarez for Avila? Makes absolutely zero sense to me.
Why would you not hit Holaday? Duh!!!

Hope and dream.

Tigers probably won’t score again, so don’t blow up the pen trying to win this one stupid game. (Sigh)

KC is programmed to win….they’re relentless….too many glitches surround this team
Kelly pinchitting? Suarez pinchhitting? This is sad,really sad.

Kelly had come in for defense earlier.

One more thing before I hear otherwise–Max was an ACE today. I don’t care how anybody spins it

Not tonight he wasn’t….4 run 3 walks 4 hits? Sorry I don’t agree.

Ausmus is an idiot…why take Hardy out….why just not let Avila hit why deplete everything which is exactly what he did in Toronto and it probably cost us. I just don’t like a lot of his decisions.

He’s overmanaging. JD doesn’t need to be replaced for defense.

Tampa Bay is giving this one to the Tigers….We’ll take it!

I don’t even Sloppy Joe Blow can blow this one. He is probably ecstatic over having a 3 run led and on the road to boot

That’s why I had to say it GK!!!
In my mind he pitched like an ACE. He was down, and made a mistake and came back and pitched with intensity and purpose. He did NOT give up.

I know. ..we agree to disagree

Ya Joe you are so good and we are just too ignorant to understand.

Players should never complain about the fans. Never, ever. They sound like corporate shills telling us we don’t understand. I wonder if Joe heard Bafour get booed. Congratulations to the Tigers. This was a hard one to watch .

We might get lucky. I think Nathan hurt himself!

grabbed his back, I was that. Also, I’m a little concerned about Joba. He looks like he has a tired arm.

I saw that.

Maybe Joba better change the beard.

At this point, I’ll take a win in any way, shape or form, no matter how ugly.
How bizarre would it be if, through attrition, Jim Johnson ended up being the closer?

wins a win. gotta win this series

glad we got the win. Max showed me a lot last night, he still has the fire, he looked so mad last night and kept his team in the game after the rough start. VMart also was visibly irritated with his batting last night as well – good, let’s see that fire when we miss our opportunities. Tough to see Joba starting to struggle and always tough to see Nathan, glad he got out of it and we got the W. Gosh I forgot how much I can’t stand Balfour.

Soria coming around slowly won’t help. Joba is unable to get through an inning any longer without hanging a couple of predictable sliders.
AlAl and JJ seem to be the best options right now.
Hardy has been a very pleasant surprise. He is pitching smart and you know that when you can fool a hitter with an 88 MPH fastball. We need some more surprises like that out of our pen.

Did Ausmus explain why he burned Suarez for Avila last night?

Just no pleasing you is there? You whine and complain that they don’t hit for Avlia and when they do you whine and complain some more.

You just don’t get it do you? What I’m talking about is not about Avila, it is about using an infielder from the bench instead of the backup catcher (who was going to have to come in anyway).
If you want to jump on something I say then at least think about it with something other than your limbic system.

Somebody just claimed Neal Cotts from the Rangers.

All I can figure is that Brad thought Suarez a better offensive option than Holaday, but I’m not sure that’s the case.
There were several moves that, while not necessarily bad, were moves I wouldn’t have made. I’m not enamored of the Kelly for Castellanos defensive swap this late in Nick’s season. I think JD Martinez is a good enough defensive outfielder that can win a game with one swing. I wouldn’t be so quick to replace him. I also don’t have nearly as high an opinion of Carrera as many do.
I’m not calling for anyone’s head, just discussing last night’s late inning strategy.

This is for Gk, going back two days to the reasons for offensive failure. You said it was scoring 100 less runs and I said it was the injury to Cabrera. Curious, I looked it up. Last year after 122 games, Miggy had 42 homers and 128 RBI. This year at the same time, he had 17 homers and 86 RBI. There is 42 of your missing 100 runs right there, and that’s not even counting the ripple effect on the rest of the lineup when Miggy is bashing.
If I choose one reason (there are others) for the offensive slide, it’s Cabrera’s injury.

That is a shocking loss of power for Miggy.

OOOOH you so your saying Miggy’s extremely due? 😉 Could be a fun rest of the year!

Unfortunately, that’s not what I’m saying at all. Probably be next year before he gets it back.
It will take a total team effort to succeed this year. IMO.

Miggy just underwent a rousing Ice Bucket Challenge. It’s on Youtube. Beautiful high voice he has.

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