Sunday’s lineups: Tigers vs. Giants

With Tim Hudson giving up somewhat more damage against left-handed hitters compared with righties (.277 to .236 on batting average, .748 to .607 on OPS), Brad Ausmus shakes up his lineup a bat and adds three left-handed bats (Andrew Romine is a switch-hitter, but fits the purpose). Alex Avila’s return was expected after he had a symptom-free day Friday, but Eugenio Suarez and Rajai Davis sit in favor of Romine and … Don Kelly.

Ausmus said he went with Kelly over Ezequiel Carrera, who hasn’t started since Monday in Cleveland, and Tyler Collins, who is an option in center but — like Kelly — not really a center fielder. Whether Carrera has dropped from occasional starter to defensive replacement based on his recent at-bats is another question, because this is the first start for Kelly in center since June 18, and just his fourth all season.

A few pregame injury tidbits to throw in …

  • Anibal Sanchez did some light throwing this afternoon, playing catch for the first time in a while. It’s basically a first step, and nobody’s putting a timetable on where it’s going to lead. Nobody’s writing off Sanchez coming back this season, but with the usual timetable to ramp up from playing catch to throwing off a mound to pitching to hitters, it’s not hard at all to reach the expectation that the Tigers are going to have to at least find a way to get into the postseason without him.
  • Tigers officials aren’t flat-out defining Monday’s simulated game as the final test for Joakim Soria before he can return from the disabled list, but Ausmus said that he could be game-ready after that. He’d get at least a day of rest afterwards, and he could get one more simulated game if he wants it, but he could be ready to return as soon as Wednesday.
  • As Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe reported in his Sunday notes, Joel Hanrahan will not need another Tommy John surgery, though his 2014 season is done. He’s working out in Lakeland since his contract runs through season’s end, but he’s not throwing. The timetable calls for Hanrahan to rest his arm and resume throwing this offseason with the expectation he should be ready to join a team in time for Spring Training.
  • Though Luke Putkonen fared well during his minor-league rehab assignment at low Class A West Michigan, his season appears to be over with the Whitecaps’ elimination from the Midwest League playoffs. He won’t be returning from the disabled list this month. “We’ve got him back to where he’s pitching,” head athletic trainer Kevin Rand said. “He’s not to the level where we’d like to see for him to be ready for here, so probably that’ll be it. At least he’s going forward knowing that he’s OK. He should be ready to compete in Spring Training.”

TIGERS (career numbers off Hudson)

  1. Ian Kinsler, 2B (1-for-2, double, walk, K)
  2. Torii Hunter, RF (10-for-35, 2 doubles, HR, walk, 9 K’s)
  3. Miguel Cabrera, 1B (12-for-28, double, triple, walk, 4 K’s)
  4. Victor Martinez, DH (2-for-4, K)
  5. J.D. Martinez, LF (1-for-3, K)
  6. Don Kelly, CF
  7. Nick Castellanos, 3B
  8. Alex Avila, C
  9. Andrew Romine, SS

P: Kyle Lobstein


  1. Angel Pagan, CF
  2. Joe Panik, 2B
  3. Buster Posey, C
  4. Hunter Pence, RF
  5. Pablo Sandoval, DH
  6. Adam Duvall, 1B
  7. Joaquin Arias, 3B
  8. Gregor Blanco, LF
  9. Brandon Crawford, SS

P: Tim Hudson


Not just that Hudson is a RHP, but Kelly hits over .300 for his career vs ground ball pitchers, and Davis is ineffective against RHP’s, period. Suarez is no big loss in the lineup. Too bad there is no bench, unless they want to give Perez a start.

Patrick, I’d actually prefer to see Romine get the majority of starts down the stretch in an attempt to tighten that left side defense.

Right on Rich. Suarez is capable of absolutely anything on the field. From the sublime to the ridiculous. It is not time for that.
Huge game tonight. A sweep is demoralizing–so you don’t want to see that.
Lobstein has to be a stopper and let’s face facts—he is due to be clobsteined. He has been a total surprise but it is unrealistic to expect too much again from him.
What we need is our hitters to respond to the challenge they have failed to meet too many times this year.
Kinsler has to keep his shoulder up
Hunter has to avoid the two-hop rally killing DPs
Miggy has to smack the ball out of the park to appease his ankle.
Victor just needs to be himself
JD needs to concentrate a bit more and meet the ball
Kelly –no expectations.
Casty has to have better at bats with men on base.
Avila has to swing the bloody bat.
Romine simply needs to put the ball in play. He is far more dependable defensively.
Lobstein has to throw strikes. Period.
Ausmus has to assert himself and make better managerial decisions.

Oh yeah—–We HAVE to win this game…………………somehow.

Besides all that, it’s my birthday. Hope I didn’t jinx it.

happy birthday – how old, kathy?

The same as Torii………..29.


Happy Birthday.
Amazing a Tiger’s pitcher got out of the 1st inning without giving up 3 or 4 runs

cy lobstein~

His September usual surge is on

miggy hits a HR….and can barely round the bases….dudes really hurt….

500 avg 1300 OPS 5 HR this week. They cant win without him.

I feel bad seeing him hobbling around like that.
Good thing we have 1 decent pitcher

lobstein is the man

awesome game so far!
but why isn’t joba in the bull pen? they were showing him in the dugout after miggy’s hr. but he didnt play in the last 2 games. ?? what have i missed??

The late inning guys usually don’t head to the pen until the 4th or 5th.
— Bob

joba was such a hoot after the HR too. he certainly seems like one of those guys who helps the team gel.

Boy Alex smoked that. will be rather frustrating if Hudson gets out of 2nd and 3rd with nobody out.

Kruck is aweful

got the radio broadcast on and the tv muted. kruk is the worst

He’s such a grump. ..0 personality

Would you rather have Joe Morgan or Bobby V. back in the booth ??

Boy 2 pitches in this Crawford AB were strikes. And were strikes for Hudson

15 of first 16, first pitch strike. Lost home this inning

Wasted opportunity by Tigers and here the Giants go. Its in the script isn’t it?

Castellanos does not deliver with men on base. Hopefully that will come in time

Lobstein explained that he knows the Indians batter from the Minors unlike the Yankees. That is the reason for the difference in K numbers

Suarez RISP
.333 .393 .389 .782
.274 .348 .470 .818
But 46 RBI 5th in the team

Who would have thought that a late season call up would provide us 3 “quality” starts in a row. Lobstein has been a surprise for a change form the Minors! the 4 regular staters have been subpar for the previous 2 weeks. Thanks Lobstein, you may be a keeper in 2015!

AlAl is never good going into a 2nd inning! He gets the final out of the 6th and then struggles in the 7th as the 1st 2 batters got on base. Long fly ball to Center advanced the lead runner.

Blanco was out at 1st base on that pickoff move!!!!! Come on Ump get it right!

I knew they wouldn’t overturn it. They still cant get it right with replay. MLB continues to get in there own way. The tag was made before his fingers went on the bag. It really is a joke.
— Bob

The ESPN crew , including Guillen, says it was out

Way to go Hardy !!!!
— Bob

Hardy comes in and puts out AlAl’s fire!! a pickoff, short fly ball to right and a popup to Avila. Then to start the 7th, Avila works the count to 3-1 and strikes out. We need a solid catcher for 2015, Avila is not the answer and Holiday is an adequate backup.

Makes you wonder why they stopped stealing bases like they did the first 2 months. The 2 Romine steals were huge tonight.

I noticed that also almost like Leyland was in the dugout again !!

Who’s pitching the 8th?

Why would Brad not pinch run for Miggy? Does not make any sense.

Maybe Buster Olney knows.

C ‘mon JJ let’s have a good inning here.

This was the right time for defensive indifference

6-1 ,not to mention a pitcher without command

78-65. not a terrible record. surprised miggy is hitting as well as he is. hopefully the rotation can find inspiration via lobstein’s performances. bullpen is looking good. we have quite a series coming up – get ready for a taste of playoff baseball!!!

Next 3 weeks are huge . Gotta pray VMart and Miggy can stay healthy. Miggys ankle iinjury worries me a bit . Bullpen somehow has to be stellar if that is possible .

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