Monday’s lineups: Tigers at Twins

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As expected, Alex Avila is not catching tonight. Bryan Holaday gets the start in his place over James McCann with Max Scherzer on the mound. Miguel Cabrera gets his second start at first base in three days. Andrew Romine is at shortstop for the seventh time in eight games.

On the Twins side, Danny Santana gets his second straight start at shortstop for the first time since mid-August. He has mainly been playing mainly center field the second half of the season. Jordan Schafer moves to center, with Chris Parmelee and Oswaldo Arcia in the corners.

TIGERS (career numbers off Anthony Swarzak)

  1. Ian Kinsler, 2B (7-for-16, double, HR, K)
  2. Torii Hunter, RF (3-for-15, double)
  3. Miguel Cabrera, 1B (6-for-19, 2 doubles, 2 HR, 2 walks, 2 K’s)
  4. Victor Martinez, DH (2-for-14, walk, 2 K’s)
  5. J.D. Martinez, LF (2-for-2)
  6. Nick Castellanos, 3B (0-for-5, 3 K’s)
  7. Bryan Holaday, C (0-for-0, sac fly)
  8. Andrew Romine, SS (0-for-4, K)
  9. Rajai Davis, CF (5-for-9)

P: Max Scherzer

TWINS (career numbers against Scherzer)

  1. Danny Santana, SS (2-for-6, 2 doubles, K)
  2. Brian Dozier, 2B (2-for-13, HR, 2 walks, 7 K’s)
  3. Joe Mauer, 1B (8-for-31, HR, 2 walks, 2 K’s)
  4. Kennys Vargas, DH (2-for-3, K)
  5. Trevor Plouffe, 3B (1-for-15, walk, 7 K’s)
  6. Oswaldo Arcia, RF (2-for-6, double, 3 K’s)
  7. Kurt Suzuki, C (3-for-7, HR, walk, K)
  8. Chris Parmelee, LF (5-for-14, double, walk, 2 K’s)
  9. Jordan Schafer, CF (2-for-5, double, walk, K)

P: Anthony Swarzak


Now that I see Rajai’s splits, I see why he is in the lineup.

“Not my sharpest,” said Nathan, who has now has converted 17 of his last 18 save chances. “I definitely wasn’t fresh. I knew I was tired and I knew I was running on fumes out there. … But I just had to grind it out any way I could. I knew how big this win could be.”

From The Detroit News:

a good manager knows the strengths and limitations of his ball players. I thought ausmus was a smart guy?

They could be 2.5 ahead after this game. They were 2 back in 2012 by this date

Personally, it was nice to listen to Jack Morris for a few games, but I hope that’s all it is……a few games now and then. I’m real comfy with Rod and Mario. Both of them are mature guys.

Max looking pretty good tonight….weak popups

mental error on that minnny OF.

OK, the no-hitter is gone. How ’bout we keep it a shut-out?

No shame there. 18th HR in injury shortened season. The CG would be good

At 80 pitches. Typical. How many early big leads have Max had a hard time holding recently. I can think of 2 in the last month. White Sox and the Indians. Hopefully, this is not another one. Someone who wants more than 144M needs to lock down 6-0 leads.
So much for the laugher.
— Bob

Pathetic! Get the BP going This is what the Twins do.

Ace…my A$$$

The curve killed him

I’d gladly take two or three more like him.
Casty- I’ve said this before, Ican’t wait till he learns to hit with men on. I’ll bet the majority of his called 3rd strikes have been with a RISP.
For such a naturally gifted hitter his approach is very chaotic with a buddy on third base in an important situation

No doubts about his bat. The curves were close to perfect

They were not expecting that

They blew a 6-0 lead. What a joke. You have 6 more against these guys. You better figure out how to put them away. Ridiculous.
— Bob

He is bad. He is good only in low leverage situations.
Suarez saved him last night
Thsose runs go for Joba´s ERA not for his shinning ERA

Joba is the one who walked them on…..he was aweful! Coke was aweful for allowing them to steal. Max was aweful for allowing 4 runs. They are all aweful.

He allowed the 2 IR to score.He cant handle pressure

Brad had better get the pen fixed and soon . It has been a key issue all season long . With the playoffs 2 weeks away we should not be in this position. T and Miggy come thru again to win the game.

It was a duck snort. He got him to hit it weakly. It was bad luck. Joba should be charged the runs. He walked two guys to start the inning. The way this game started, Max should have been able to go 8 and somebody could have mopped up the 9th. Once again Max is done at 101 pitches. Really? Gimme a break.
— Bob

The runs were charged to Joba.

I know. It is not like Mauer is a slug. This mess was created by Max and then Joba. Cannot walk two guys to lead off the inning.
— Bob

6-0 lead….and a crappy starting pitcher and crappy relief pitching and this is what you get. Ya Max Scherzer your awesome!

There were 17 pitches thrown in that inning before Mauer fouled off the first pitch. Not one pitch was swung at.

Kyle Ryan…..never heard of him til tonight. Good job, Kyle. OK, the Tigers have to come back from the jaws of defeat. Can’t end with a loss tonight. Can'[t let Gardenhire get his jollies.

He had one spot start

That’s right, Torii!

Max should have been left in. Yeah, I know 20-20 hindsight.
Tigers need two set-up and two closers. Use Joba and Joe when you have a 4+ run lead.
Bad managing tonight.
Stupid pitching by Coke to one of the best hitters in the game.

Veteran time!!!!!! …. Way to go boys.
— Bob

I would suspect that Max was “done”. Just like in Toronto. Not sure I agree on Coke. It was bad luck.
— Bob

Miggy says: me too!!!

One one leg better than the rest of team together but for Victor and JD

Hitters bailing out mediocre pitching staff again! Remember when we thought pitching would be the strength of this staff?

Thank the lord, DKB is at 3rd.

12 is the magic number

Tigers win. That’s all that matters. Joba needs some days off.

Royals just scored two in the ninth to win. The winning run scored from 2nd on an infield chopper behind the mound. Speed kills. Thank goodness we won.
— Bob

Thank you Torii Hunter and Miguel Cabrera. Huge HR’s.

Soria could be the key to lock the division

Ryan has now 2 W in three games

1. The defense was stellar again tonight.
2. Mauer didn’t get to the plate in the ninth.
3. Old Man River and Hopalong Miggy want to win again.
Kudos to the Migster for a good plate night; also to Julio and Andy Romine, who has decided he’d rather play than watch from the bench. Our Bull Pen was Cellar instead of stellar. I cannot believe that these guys can ever pitch a 1-2-3 inning. Soria handled himself nicely. Kinsler needs to take batting lessons in the offseason. Coke ran out of fizz, but the Mauer hit was off a decent pitch. He should have at least tried the breaking ball. I still trust Al less than Joba. KC wins, so we need to do the same, especially against Gardy’s Gourds. They will not go quietly. it’s going to take lots of runs each game to beat them. At least, for the moment, we can savor the win.

None of that excitement would have been necessary if our to be highly paid “ace” could go at least seven strong. Some club is going to get hosed on that deal this winter. The Tigers are better off spending the money elsewhere. We have a shaky pen which means the starters have to step up.
Probably should have opened the 8th with Alburquerque or even Coke since Joba had gone two in a row already, but that’s hindsight.
It’s a win.

We might want to applaud Ausmus for keeping Romine rested and ready for the stretch run. Andrew is tearing it up.

we’d applaud but if he doesn’t know to stay away from nathan on back-to-back nights…..then he certainly wasn’t keeping romine rested knowing he would tear it up in septober.

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