Sunday’s lineups: Tigers vs. Indians

It’s the time of year when sitting guys for a day game after a night game is no longer assumed. The Tigers field the same lineup as last night, including Torii Hunter in right field and Alex Avila behind the plate. The only change is that Victor Martinez starts at first base, with Miguel Cabrera as the designated hitter.

“You hope that the days off they had early in the season pay dividends late in the season,” Brad Ausmus said. “I talked to both of them about it before playing them, to make sure they’re all right.”

The only major change on the Indians side, for that matter, is in right field, where David Murphy gets his first start of the series against Justin Verlander.

TIGERS (career numbers against Bauer)

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

P: Justin Verlander

INDIANS (career numbers vs. Verlander)

  1. Michael Bourn, CF (11-for-31, 2 doubles, 3 walks, 10 K’s)
  2. Jose Ramirez, SS (3-for-4, 2 doubles)
  3. Michael Brantley, LF (17-for-51, double, triple, 3 walks, 7 K’s)
  4. Carlos Santana, 1B (9-for-43, double, 5 HR, 5 walks, 9 K’s)
  5. Jason Kipnis, 2B (3-for-31, double, 6 walks, 12 K’s)
  6. Yan Gomes, DH (4-for-14, 2 doubles, walk, 3 K’s)
  7. David Murphy, RF (9-for-30, double, triple, 5 walks, 6 K’s)
  8. Lonnie Chisenhall, 3B (8-for-24, 3 doubles, 2 K’s)
  9. Roberto Perez, C

P: Trevor Bauer


“We pay more attention to what the opposing hitters do off their stuff, the way they hit off curveballs, change-ups and sliders and what locations they hit best,”
Pitching to the batter weakness. But Verlander likes to pitch to his strength

The disappointing 22 th ERA in MLB should be a hint. Maybe, they should use that information.

Expected Avila against Cleveland. Thought Nick C. would get a day. Maybe in Minnesota. There’s a difference between rookie mistakes and mistakes made by a rookie. His mental lapses last night fell into the latter category.

2nd baserunning blunder in 2 days…today it’s Torii

Jd….gives JV a run and in true Verlander fashion he walks Bourne and gives it right back.
Never once have I heard anyone question Verlander’s pitch selection. Interesting having a pitcher in the booth Morris questioning it quite a bit.

Hope they keep Jack Morris up in the booth !!

6th inning and he’s back out there. OK, Hardy is throwing in the BP.

Hardy not getting it done
Justin Verlander can’t be trusted to pitch in the post season if we in fact make it. He’s not a good pitcher.

Argh. ..not exactly sure why you’re bunting with Avila. Probably shoulda brought someone else in to do that if its the play you want

I hate seeing rookies put in this situation.

So after not seeing live pitching for a week or so you put Moya in? Not sure why Victor didn’t get to 3rd on JD single. Not sure why Avila is bunting? Questionable decisions

the only way Victor go from 1 to 3 is with Raburn fielding

Thank you for hitting a slam Red Soxs!

Boston might be the only hope we have today !!!!

Thought we might of been heading for a large inning until Vmart lines out into a double play Ouch.
Red Soxs tack on another run.

Ok hold your breath…… 6 more outs

Great catch by Rajai!

That’s why you have to throw the four pitches for the intentional walks….a lot of people have thrown around getting rid of that to speed up the game.

Miguel had a single with the Marlins swinging at an intentional ball

Oh, cripes.

Ok Joe might not have it today. …Please have someone else come in.

He cant pitch back to back games

I agree. …Also he actually struck out Brantley but ump didn’t give he the call.

Get him out of there. . Im begging you

OMG, they better start the “let’s go, Joe” real quick.

time to pull him out

Ok double play….wont mention he had him struck out as well

Sometimes better lucky than good. Replacing Castellanos saved the game

Yes…..that was a Jones/Rodney/Valverde type save!

Clean sweep of the Tribe . Boston keep K.C. scoreless !!!!!

Joe is a basket case.

a nervous wreck is what I meant. I’m the basket case trying to watch. He sat down in the dugout and his hands were shaking. Just a total relief.

People always mention Todd Jones when discussing Nathan. Todd Jones was NEVER like this. Nathan threw 22 pitches without recording an out. Not being fair to Jonesie.

Just meaning a lot of his saves weren’t always clean……i loved Todd Jones. I always said if there was one Tiger I’d like to meet it would’ve been him.

After the way this season has gone, being up 1.5 at this point is the most one can ask for.
If Cleveland ever gets a bullpen, watch out.

Ausmus on Avila: “Someone said to me that he didn’t seem right on the bench.” Avila exited with lightheadedness. Likely won’t play Monday.”

“Tigers will have 1.5-game AL Central lead if today’s results hold. After same number of games in ’12 (WS year) they were 2 GB.”

And Ausmus is doing that with a rebuilt team: new 2B, 3B, SS, LF, CF, backup IF and catcher plus the whole bullpen but Al2

Tigers rookie dress up pictures on Twitter. EIGHTEEN rookies?!?

Papelbon vs the Philly fans:
As Rodney Dangerfield used to say, “I’ll tell ya, it ain’t easy being me!”

Kevin Cooney ‏@KevinCooney 1h
Papelbon said that he didn’t do the crotch grab intentionally, but was adjusting himself after having trouble with his supporter

must have watched the papelbon gesture a half dozen times now….dude definitely grabbed his junk in response to that crowd. what a bum.

What a week for our baseball team. The guys are playing like the season depends on it. Great timing and hope it keeps up. Nathan is getting it done, even if he is making us nervous. I too was a huge Jonesie fan – he loved to keep us on the edge of our seats though. On Saturday’s game I was so impressed with some of the defensive layouts our boys did.

Nice to see the results after being away from the Tube and the Web for 5 days.
Did see the Nathan act and was completely disappointed and discouraged with it.
I sure hope Soria is up to the task that will become his

how did ya’ll feel about PHing Romine with Moya – only to defensively replace Moya with Suarez. Seemed unnecessary. I didn’t watch during that part of the game so I was more-or-less wondering if there was a real reason for it.
good game today. On to Minny – where they’ve gone 2-8 in the past 10

The move made some sense at that point in the game.

Suarez saved a run just after and scored one.
Kelly entering for Castellanos also helped to win the game
Moya PH was an attempt to tie the game with one swing but he wont be playing the field unless the game is wide open

Yeah, I know you guys mean Todd Jones didn’t have clean saves. I just took the opportunity to point out that he was better than Nathan is most of the time.
Since Joe uses up so many pitches, they may have to begin alternating him with Soria. Good luck with holding out two guys for the ninth, Brad. Right now it appears the club may have to eat the other $10m owed for next year. Sometimes the gamble pays off, sometimes it doesn’t.
Let’s hope the guys don’t take the Minnesota series off. It’s best to have KC totally desperate by the weekend. Speaking of KC, Ned Yost is being skewered.

Yes, he is. Comments over on the KC site sound just like the comments sounded about Jimmy the last few years.

1. Yo Yo, er, Julio sure brings drama to the lineup.
2. Upper Cut Ian finally uppercuts one out of the park.
3. Good defense during the entire three game series.
Kudos to Fizzman and the Hut for keeping things steady. Joe will drop dead of a heart attack before year’s end. Rags had a good all around game. Ian continues to play good hard nose baseball; I’ll just have to put up with the shoulder thing. Ideally, Cleveland would stop KC in their tracks; we could then go to KC this weekend, and finish the job. Will that happen; I wouldn’t bet the house on it. Our team is playing with much better continuity and purpose now. Still need to get JV corrected, whether as a starter or reliever. Hardy has walked his first man a lot lately; late season jitters, I suspect. When it’s all said and done, I have as much confidence now in Coke as anyone else. Never thought I would say that. Tigers beware of the Twinkie Trap. They have absolutely nothing to lose, so we must be on our Twinky toes.

Nathan has lost his fastball and has lost his command. Kinda looks like the nerves are next. I am glad there is a backup plan, such as it is.

So with the way Justin has been this season, IF we make post season it could be very interesting where he is in our rotation. Ricky has done way too well to be sent to the bullpen. All will depend if Sanchez comes back and is strong enough, but can you see JV being in the pen? Trying to not put the cart before the horse, way too much baseball left to think we are playing in October – but just hypothetical.

You sure need Ricky to start in the post season . Sure hope Brad is thinking over his moves .

JV would be awful in the pen. Who knows how Sanchez will pitch – probably not good.

Do not hold your breath on Anibal, I still don’t think he is coming back. JV in the post season will be fine, he pitched well today. He just can’t blow fastballs by hitters anymore (Kipnis AB killed him). He will need to adjust. But he still has 4 quality pitches, needs to be smarter. I believe in him.
I liked Moya PH for Romine. Moya could run into one. Results weren’t what we wanted but I agree with the call.
I think Castellanos turns that DP in the 9th. Kelly’s throw to Kinsler was low. Kinsler made the play, not Kelly.
Hardy does not look good to me recently. Almost looks like he is overthrowing. I hope Ray and Ryan are keeping loose for the next 2 weeks.
It is obvious that Nathan cannot pitch in back to back games. I hope Soria is strong enough to alternate with him.

Took a look at Hardy’s stats in a game log sense….didn’t see any smoking guns….he has been struggling lately…..didn’t look at advanced metrics aside from BABIP which looked high lately (.333 over past 3 innings).

Kennedy from BYB with the numbers:
“Nathan with 0 days rest allowed .393 .435 .482 .918 OPS, 5.38 ERA, 2.19 WHIP (i.e. terrible)”

Perhaps David D’s biggest trading deadline mistake this year:'R'&sectionType=career&statType=2&season=2014&level='ALL
check out those stats since the trade deadline.
Out of the last 13 hitters Andrew has retires (4 1/3 IP) he has struck out TWELVE of them.
After DD set his sights on a surprise he dropped the ball on getting Miller.

They were attempting to deal for Miller that day, weren’t they?

hindsight is always 20/20

It would have been foresight Evan! He should have had it.
Yes, Rich that is correct but regardless, Miller should not have been taken off the table.
His stats have been great since but his stats were great before too. Low walk, high strikeout and unhittable by LHB.
I said this before the deal so no hindsight is not on my part. Sorry.

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