Monday’s lineups: Tigers vs. Royals
For a second straight game, Brad Ausmus loads his lineup with left-handed hitters against a starting pitcher with lefty-righty split difference. In Jeremy Guthrie’s case, he’s giving up a .298 average and an .837 OPS to left-handed hitters compared with .246 and .617 from right-handed batters. Also for a second straight game, Don Kelly gets the start in center over Ezequiel Carrera and Tyler Collins. Kelly is 6-for-20 off Guthrie, while neither Carrera nor Collins have faced him.
“He’s had some decent at-bats against Guthrie, and I’d like some left-handed bats in there as well against him,” Ausmus said, “so we decided to go with the same lineup.”
Carrera is not injured, Ausmus said. Clearly, however, he has fallen down the pecking order in the Tigers outfield, at least for a starting option. At this point, he’s looking more like a defensive substitute, pinch-runner and situational pinch-hitter.
As expected, Miguel Cabrera is the designated hitter today, with Victor Martinez at first. That, Ausmus said, was being planned before Cabrera tweaked his ankle scoring from first base on Victor Martinez’s double in the seventh inning last night.
I switched things up and gave Royals numbers off Verlander for just this season, rather than career. At this point, they’ve seen each other enough that it gives a decent glimpse of how the Royals are faring off this current version of Verlander.
Reminder: Today’s game is on MLB Network outside of Michigan and Northwest Ohio. So if you’re not in an area where Fox Sports Detroit is on your cable system, and you don’t have MLB.TV, you can still catch the game.
Another reminder: With the Lions playing tonight, the Tigers are on AM radio only in Detroit. They will not be on 97.1, which will have Lions pregame programming.
TIGERS (career numbers off Guthrie)
- Ian Kinsler, 2B (13-for-36, 2 doubles, triple, 3 walks, 5 K’s)
- Torii Hunter, RF (14-for-43, 3 doubles, HR, 3 K’s)
- Miguel Cabrera, DH (15-for-45, double, 3 HR, 6 walks, 8 K’s)
- Victor Martinez, 1B (9-for-30, 3 doubles, 2 walks, 3 K’s)
- J.D. Martinez, LF (4-for-13, double, 2 HR, walk, K)
- Don Kelly, CF (6-for-20, 5 K’s)
- Nick Castellanos, 3B (2-for-5, double, K)
- Alex Avila, C (7-for-28, 2 doubles, 3 HR, 4 walks, 8 K’s)
- Andrew Romine, SS
P: Justin Verlander
ROYALS (2014 numbers against Verlander)
- Nori Aoki, RF (1-for-8, 5 walks, 2 K’s)
- Omar Infante, 2B (2-for-13, HR, walk, K)
- Alex Gordon, LF (2-for-7, 2 walks, K)
- Salvador Perez, C (6-for-9, 3 doubles, K)
- Eric Hosmer, 1B (3-for-13, double, K)
- Billy Butler, DH (4-for-11, double, walk, 3 K’s)
- Mike Moustakas, 3B (1-for-11, 2 K’s)
- Lorenzo Cain, CF (2-for-6, double)
- Alcides Escobar, SS (3-for-11, double, walk, K)
P: Jeremy Guthrie