Friday’s lineups: Tigers vs. Indians

Eugenio Suarez returns to the lineup for the first time since last Saturday after Brad Ausmus started Andrew Romine for the entire Royals series.

“He wasn’t being punished for anything,” Ausmus said of Suarez during his pregame session. “Certainly, I think young guys at this point put a little more pressure sometimes on themselves.”

Ausmus said again that he started Romine this week trying to take advantage of his defense while his bat was hot.

Rajai Davis, meanwhile, returns to center field against a right-hander, in this case Carlos Carrasco.

On the Indians side, Mike Aviles starts in the outfield for the first time since his disastrous defensive display on Labor Day against the Tigers in Cleveland. Aviles starts in left, while lefty nemesis Ryan Raburn gets the start in right. Michael Brantley is the DH.

The forecast looks like it’s going to hold up for baseball, albeit with the first bit of fall chill in the air. Rain isn’t scheduled to arrive until after midnight.

Injury update: Phil Coke said today he was feeling improvement in his back, but he was still clearly limited in his movements. He was on the field for batting practice for a brief while before going back in.

“He still feels it a little bit in his lower back,” Ausmus said. “He’s touch-and-go at this point.”

Broadcast note: Tonight’s game is on MLB Network everywhere outside of the Detroit viewing market. Jack Morris is still in the booth this week along with Rod and Mario.

Gameday | TV: MLB Network, FS Detroit, MLB.TV | Radio: 97.1 FM, AM 1270, Gameday Audio


TIGERS (career numbers off Carrasco)

  1. Ian Kinsler, 2B (3-for-12, 2 doubles, walk, 4 K’s)
  2. Torii Hunter, RF (6-for-15, double, triple, 2 HR, walk, 3 K’s)
  3. Miguel Cabrera, DH (5-for-15, double, HR, 3 walks, 3 K’s)
  4. Victor Martinez, 1B (4-for-14, 2 doubles)
  5. J.D. Martinez, LF (2-for-7, K)
  6. Alex Avila, C (3-for-9, double, 2 walks, 5 K’s)
  7. Nick Castellanos, 3B (2-for-4, walk, K)
  8. Eugenio Suarez, SS (1-for-4, 2 K’s)
  9. Rajai Davis, CF (2-for-7, K)

P: David Price

INDIANS (career numbers off Price)

  1. Michael Bourn, CF (3-for-12, double, 3 K’s)
  2. Jose Ramirez, SS (0-for-4, 3 K’s)
  3. Michael Brantley, DH (2-for-13, walk, 2 K’s)
  4. Carlos Santana, 1B (6-for-15, 4 doubles, 3 walks, 3 K’s)
  5. Yan Gomes, C (0-for-3, K)
  6. Jason Kipnis, 2B (1-for-6, 2 K’s)
  7. Ryan Raburn, RF (5-for-16, double, 3 walks, 5 K’s)
  8. Lonnie Chisenhall, 3B (3-for-6, double, HR)
  9. Mike Aviles, LF (5-for-20, double, walk, 2 K’s)

P: Carlos Carrasco


In this age of statistical overkill, have the GM’s short-circuited their systems? This is crazy. Detroit moves Smyly and Jackson for Price – a top rated starter. He is added to Scherzer, Porcello, Verlander and Sanchez – which is a dream starting rotation when healthy. Their offense and defense has been damaged. With 2 weeks to go in the season the Tiger offense has scored the most runs – 685. But that dream pitching staff has given up 638, which is only a +47 difference. Compared to the other 7 or 8 potential playoff contenders only 1st place KC and WC’s Cleve and Toronto have scored a lower differential. If the Tigers make the WC slot, they better hope that they don’t start off with any of the AL West teams that all have differentials over +100 (LAA +151, Oak +159, Sea +103) and each has given up almost 100 fewer runs. To me, it would have been better to stay the course and look for relief help instead of another highpriced starter. The only way they can move thru the playoffs now looks like they will have to “bash” their opponents.

from the outset of the season, Tigers indicated they would go with defense first at SS. unless Suarez tightens up his play there, expect Ausmus will go mostly with Romine down the stretch.

Oh come on Price. Ryan Raburn?

above ,5 for 16 vs him

Rays shutdown Smyly for the season. The Tigers also wanted to keep his innings down.
Jackson numbers with Seattle have been more or less the same of Davis.

Thanks , Ryan

I understand Smyly being shut down, but that isn’t the point. They screwed up the aura and balance of this team for another super starting pitcher. His results haven’t really replaced what Smyly could or may have done. Every starter has had a rough outing or two, so moving Smyly for Price wasn’t that big of an improvement. Smyly was winning, and Jackson anchored the defense with a solid veteran bat. Even if Jackson had hit the same for Detroit as he has done for the Mariners since the trade, that 4-man OF rotation was working very well. Now, Don Kelly (!) in CF? Don’t get me wrong, I love what Kelly brings to this team, but there is something missing that deflates their “invincibility factor” now. They will only stay in the playoff race if they can beat the crap out of the other teams. With the relief corps as it is, they better win the Central. And now analysts are saying that they will be the lower rated team in every series of the playoffs until the WS. Yeah, Dombrowski really messed this one up.

.252/.288/.297 eh…idk his defense really wasn’t that much better than Rajai’s. Several people have noted how this year his defense wasn’t all that – certainly no anchor. Don’t forget he’s essentially going to get a huge pay-raise here in a second.

Who’s in the booth with Rod and Mario?


Rod Allen’s know-it-all comments are ruining the game for me tonight. I get so tired of him telling the listeners what each player is thinking.

Enjoy Jack Morris up in the TV booth with Mario and Rod .

7 2/3 something no other Tiger pitcher can do with consistency ( Only vintage JV was )

Whelp Tigers look to be in the drivers seat tonight – KC is losing I believe. Salazar and Buarer…..I think we can handle them.

One more and then call a real pitcher

On second thought. Kinsler had out at home

Good win and Price again saved the bullpen some work. That is (sorry) Price-less. Johnson looks better lately, but he may have been left in a little long tonight.

Just left the game…bit chilly at Comerica tonight! Fun game. Alex had his Spidy moves going! Jd was great.

I would have been more impressed with Avila if he’d executed a double back flip off the netting and stuck the landing, but I guess it was a good catch. Actually it’s his throwing that’s impressing me lately.

Throwing that guy out was big!

Figured you were there.

Price settles down after 2 innings, JD strokes a 2-run homer and then a 2-run triple and JJ finishes the last 4 outs! Royals lose to BoSox again and the Tigers are ahead once again! Yes!

It ain’t over til it’s over but they are doing well. One day at a time. Maybe we’ll appreciate it more if/when they do take the division.

1. Julio continues to torment Indian Pitchers.
2. Avila decides to practice trampoline at Comerica. Nice job Alex.
3. Regardless of the flavor, M&M’s are potent weapons. When all three melt in your mouth, you better look out.

Price continues to amaze me with his pin point command. A guy with over 250K’s, and around 30 walks is cooking with gas. Wish the other guys would take some pointers from his approach. Back in first alone; been a long while. These guys need to continue working on plate approach. It seems we’re getting a little better. It would be great if Johnson could once again command his pitches, and he’d be really valuable down the stretch. Kudos to Ian for a good night all around. Looking for the Lobster to claw his way around tomorrow.

Great game! I like Rod but I love Jack. I hope he passes the audition! Go Tigers!

Supposedly, Morris would replace Jim Price, retiring, next year

Rod has gotten a little more detailed/technical in his analysis lately. Could it be because of Jack? I do like Jack’s technical analysis from a pitcher’s perspective. He is soft spoken and positive too. Rod was even getting almost argumentative with Jack a couple of times there, albeit low key. If Jack is auditioning, does anyone know if that means 3 guys next year or is someone leaving? Overall his addition has made the commentary more interesting.

You answered my question ET. Didn’t see your post before writing.

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