Monday’s lineups: Tigers vs. Royals

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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.

Gameday | TV: MLB Network, FS Detroit, MLB.TV | Radio: AM 1270, Gameday Audio

TIGERS (career numbers off Guthrie)

  1. Ian Kinsler, 2B (13-for-36, 2 doubles, triple, 3 walks, 5 K’s)
  2. Torii Hunter, RF (14-for-43, 3 doubles, HR, 3 K’s)
  3. Miguel Cabrera, DH (15-for-45, double, 3 HR, 6 walks, 8 K’s)
  4. Victor Martinez, 1B (9-for-30, 3 doubles, 2 walks, 3 K’s)
  5. J.D. Martinez, LF (4-for-13, double, 2 HR, walk, K)
  6. Don Kelly, CF (6-for-20, 5 K’s)
  7. Nick Castellanos, 3B (2-for-5, double, K)
  8. Alex Avila, C (7-for-28, 2 doubles, 3 HR, 4 walks, 8 K’s)
  9. Andrew Romine, SS

P: Justin Verlander

ROYALS (2014 numbers against Verlander)

  1. Nori Aoki, RF (1-for-8, 5 walks, 2 K’s)
  2. Omar Infante, 2B (2-for-13, HR, walk, K)
  3. Alex Gordon, LF (2-for-7, 2 walks, K)
  4. Salvador Perez, C (6-for-9, 3 doubles, K)
  5. Eric Hosmer, 1B (3-for-13, double, K)
  6. Billy Butler, DH (4-for-11, double, walk, 3 K’s)
  7. Mike Moustakas, 3B (1-for-11, 2 K’s)
  8. Lorenzo Cain, CF (2-for-6, double)
  9. Alcides Escobar, SS (3-for-11, double, walk, K)

P: Jeremy Guthrie

13 Comments

i spy alex in the lineup!

Im not the first to say it: just enforce the rules:
“When the bases are unoccupied, the pitcher shall deliver the ball to the batter
within 12 seconds after he receives the ball. Each time the pitcher delays the game by violating this rule, the umpire shall call “Ball.”
Dont give tim outs when the pitcher already began his movement , it can hurt the pitcher.
New rules: once you go out there you are challenging the play. Hard to change because , the manager could risk going to talk to the pitcher and that would be worse.
IBB is the first mentioned, how many IBB are given in a game?
Commercial breaks? they pay for the game. In fact, the ticket cost would be higher without them
Ban the Yankees and Boston, jk.

Radical: limit 2-strike foul balls. Example: if you’ve already got two strikes and you take three swings without hitting one fair, you obviously can’t hit this guy so you’re done. Possibility of ever becoming reality: none.

If that was a rule in ’84, Bergman wouldn’t have hit his w/o 3 run homer on the 14th pitch.

I was at that game and you are correct. Everyone forgets the Howard Johnson homer in the 9th that tied it, though.

Meant also losing interest after 3 hours, not losing interest in my Tigers! They changed the 2 strike softball rule because of me. I could foul off 57 pitches until I got one I liked🙂 Have the day off and it is so beautiful here in Caledonia. Go Tigers!

In reality, they could at least have the hitter keep one foot in the box. He can do his thinking from that position. A couple days ago Rajai took a horrendous swing and walked halfway to the dugout to regroup. I had to check the count, thought he’d struck out.

Big, big couple of days for our boys, time to bring all of your A games

Bad defense by Kelly cost a run

KC helped to limit the damage bunting

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