Wednesday’s lineups: Tigers vs. Royals


First things first, I don’t know the chances of getting this game in. The forecast isn’t encouraging, but they’ve dealt with that before. The alternative is to call this game and bring both teams back to Detroit on their common off-day next Thursday — the Tigers flying in from Minnesota on their way to KC, the Royals from KC in the middle of a homestand — and neither team seems keen on doing that. So I’m guessing they’re willing to wait a while to get this game in.

Assuming they do play, Don Kelly starts in center field for the third time in four games, getting a left-handed bat in the lineup against James Shields. Andrew Romine gets his fourth consecutive start at shortstop, which has less to do with lefty-righty splits and more to do with defensive consistency. That said, there’s not a huge lefty-righty split against Shields (.253 AVG vs. righties, .266 vs. lefties). The difference in OPS is minuscule.

TIGERS (career numbers off Shields)

  1. Ian Kinsler, 2B (11-for-50, 2 doubles, 3 HR, 3 walks, 3 K’s)
  2. Torii Hunter, RF (18-for-56, 4 doubles, triple, 13 K’s)
  3. Miguel Cabrera, DH (19-for-50, 8 doubles, 2 HR, 4 walks, 9 K’s)
  4. Victor Martinez, 1B (13-for-41, 4 doubles, HR, 9 K’s)
  5. J.D. Martinez, LF (5-for-12, double, HR, walk, 3 K’s)
  6. Don Kelly, CF (2-for-9, K)
  7. Nick Castellanos, 3B (1-for-5, 2 K’s)
  8. Alex Avila, C (9-for-28, double, 2 HR, 3 walks, 13 K’s)
  9. Andrew Romine, SS (1-for-6, K)

P: Rick Porcello

ROYALS (career numbers against Porcello)

  1. Nori Aoki, RF (0-for-5, 2 walks, K)
  2. Omar Infante, 2B (4-for-6, triple)
  3. Alex Gordon, LF (11-for-34, 2 doubles, 2 HR, walk, 7 K’s)
  4. Josh Willingham, DH (8-for-21, 3 doubles, 2 HR, 5 walks, 7 K’s)
  5. Eric Hosmer, 1B (6-for-19, 2 HR, 2 walks, 2 K’s)
  6. Salvador Perez, C (3-for-16, 2 K’s)
  7. Mike Moustakas, 3B (5-for-20, 3 doubles, 2 walks, 4 K’s)
  8. Lorenzo Cain, CF (0-for-5, walk, 2 K’s)
  9. Alcides Escobar, SS (1-for-26, 5 K’s)

P: James Shields


the 2-3-4-5 are going to be tough on Sheilds tonight. If they wait less than they did for the Giants game I am going to be fuming mad.

Hope that Don Kelly can keep up his enthusiasm in chasing deep fly balls to right-center without injuring T.

albeit it was Torii’s fault, no? I was led to believe DKB was the outfield captain and was calling Torii off……

If you are a fan of Jon Jay, Jose Abreu or Victor Martinez, you’ll like this graph. Others might too🙂

do i see Casty in the cellar (low, left)? Hard to see closely!

No, that is Kinsler. Castellanos is above the axis, left side. High Slg., low OBP

Rule 7. 13 Memorandum specifically instructs umpires and replay officials not to find a “violation” of the rule by the catcher “unless the catcher’s position hindered or impeded the runner from scoring prior to the tag.”

Like the Venezuelan equivalent of sandlot. We used to play at a a tennis or basket court or even in the street with a solid foam ball,. Since we had no catcher if the ball reached home before the runner,the runner was out. It is more or less the same

Yeah that ‘Left’ handed bat with his .283/359/.323 slash line ought to help out quite a bit.

wait what does that mean about Jose? he might play in the playoffs if we make it?

sorry that wasn’t meant as a reply to bacon.

Not even close to come back. And his line was fueled by a huge Babip at Fenway

All but stopped raining in Royal Oak.

Hey you Michiganders, can we get this game in tonight?

TV crew thinks the game might start at 7; 50 pm . Gotta get another win .

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