Thursday’s lineups: Tigers vs. Twins

Aside from Alex Avila catching, the Tigers have the same lineup that they had when they faced Trevor May a month ago at Target Field. He gave up five runs on 11 hits that day. Everyone but Rajai Davis ended up with a base hit that day.

The Twins get Joe Mauer back after he left Tuesday’s game against the Diamondbacks with a bruised elbow from a hit-by-pitch. He missed Wednesday’s game, but will take his cuts against Max Scherzer.


  1. Ian Kinsler, 2B
  2. Torii Hunter, RF
  3. Miguel Cabrera, 1B
  4. Victor Martinez, DH
  5. J.D. Martinez, LF
  6. Nick Castellanos, 3B
  7. Alex Avila, C
  8. Eugenio Suarez, SS
  9. Rajai Davis, CF

P: Max Scherzer

TWINS (career numbers against Scherzer)

  1. Danny Santana, SS (4-for-9, 2 doubles, K)
  2. Brian Dozier, 2B (2-for-15, HR, 3 walks, 7 K’s)
  3. Joe Mauer, 1B (9-for-34, HR, 2 walks, 2 K’s)
  4. Kennys Vargas, DH (3-for-6, K)
  5. Oswaldo Arcia, RF (3-for-9, double, HR, 5 K’s)
  6. Kurt Suzuki, C (4-for-10, HR, walk, K)
  7. Chris Herrmann, LF (0-for-2, walk, K)
  8. Aaron Hicks, CF (0-for-7, walk, 4 K’s)
  9. Eduardo Escobar, 3B (2-for-10, double, 2 K’s)

P: Trevor May


Anyone know if Mario is back in the booth – or if he’s still in CF with the ‘noculars?

Sorry to see Alex Avila back in the lineup. As nice a fellow as Alex seems to be, it appears that he has been hit in the head one too many times. Thus, it becomes an important questions whether he should be placed on the DL or if his career is over, unfortunately. Holland and McCann, it seems, would give the Tigers a better marginal contribution to the overall team effort than what I get the impression that Alex is still able to do.
The decision to keep him going must be coming from Ilytch himself. I cannot conceive that either Dave Dombrowski or Brad Ausmus has objective reasons for keeping him on the first string squad. If he doesn’t get at least a sac fly to night, then fans are going to tire of seeing him coming to the plate one more time only to strike out, especially if it stops them from winning the Division Title.

well to be fair, alex has contributed offensively this year. Yes I agree he should hang it up after this year, and that right now he is risking hurting himself further. but to suggest mr. I is penciling him in the lineup is baseless.

You lose all credibility when you don’t even know the players names! Who is “Holland”?

Miggy got himself a Chrysler gig.

Holland. Holyland. Holiday. Holaday. He’s another catcher along with McCandle.
Seriously though, Avila could be in danger from all these concussions. They might be giving him more of an opportunity to prove himself because his father is also in the organization. There have always been some players who the Tigers have stuck with longer than the fans’ patience. Inge and Raburn come to mind. Maybe someone else can think of others.

Yeah..Joba and Nathan. As for Raburn he had a great 2013 year in Cleveland after that bomb in 2012

Sheffield? Coke?

2 walks in a row?

Max your team got ya 2 runs and you proceed to walk 2… they don’t swing throw strikes.

Interesting strike zone tonight and by that I mean seriously one sided and crappy

after 3, Max 69 pitches, May 39 pitches? What the $144 million dollar man.

80 pitches 4 innings?

And on top of that he has even given up a hit. Bloody awful.

Interesting pitch he called Victor out on and by that I mean Max has thrown a good 10 to 15 pitches very similar to that balls? I hate umpires.

I’d like to see the bullpen get some innings tonight, honestly. Sanchez, Reed both come to mind.

At this rate Max will be lucky to get in 6 innings. I hope the right men in the BP are ready to go.

Max may be able to get through 6 innings at this pace. It would be good to send him home after 5 IP if Sanchez can be stretched out for 2-3 innings or 40 pitches. Then Soria for the 9th inning. The strike zone stinks for Max, you would think we were playing in Minny!!


He had Santana and then lost him on an 0-2. That started everything going south

brad has sat Sanchez down…..Rod and Mario guess it is because Brad doesn’t want to pitch him in a one run game. :/ but why isn’t Reed warming up?

wow great bunt by Rajai

May 8.24 ERA pitching his best game of the year?

Has Max lost it or do they have his number?

Max, you are not the MVP pitcher you think you are only being able to go 5 IP a game, especially in late September! After this season, you need to reset your $$ expectations.

Mad Maxx – naw. Bad Maxx – naw. This is Mediocre Maxx!

Now he’s done. Who’s ready in the BP? More Tiger runs needed. No more “Captain, MAY I?” Knock him out of there but good.

May with his 8 era just way too much….pitiful

Now they may be in trouble. Can’t score more off May and in comes questionable bullpen.

Hey, relax, they are winning. But watch out for Mauer!

any thought on where Sanchez fits in the postseason bullpen? is he the long man or have a later inning role? his difficulty holding runners could matter more than usual in late and close situations

Relievers dont care about runners.

we’re still getting hits….we’ve got a 2 run lead…..and a lot of people in the pen who need to knock off some rust!

It looks like we have to go with Brad’s formula.

Ausbot 3000

Soria& Joba left a perfect scenario for Nathan he has to face the7-8-9 hitters who are 0 for 9 tonight

PR for Victor

Bring DK in for NC (horrible at bats with RISP)

certain bullpen pieces continue to rust. :/

DK is at 3rd.

don’t use that kinda language! that number is evil!

1,2, and 3. Lights out!

Nuthin is about to have a clean inning. against the twins.

89-70. Surpassed the 2012 team in W

Looked like the best slider Nathan has had all year. Nasty. Granted, weak hitters, but that thing was moving.

Good outings for Nathan and Joba ,,,,,Bg win for the Tigers but tomorrrow in another game to win .

I don’t want Scherzer pitching game one of the ALDS. That would mean two starts for him and we don’t have the bullpen to withstand two of his short outings. It won’t be Price if he pitches Sunday but Verlander could go. Just not Scherzer.

I suspect Brad is hoping to clinch before using Sanchez. Or be in a blowout game.

I think Verlander will be the starter of game one

Listening to Scherzers comments….Max Scherzer is awefully impressed with himself..he’s his own biggest fan! What a tool!

Sounds like he’s talking to his agent.

`1. Speed is becoming an important element of our game once again.
2. MiggyMart got big taters tonight. Keep it going.
3. I believe this was the debut of SorJobaJo. Clean shave; not you Hut; just the pitching.
Kudos to Rags again. He’s beginning to make a difference. Also to Double A with his clean single and run scored. Old Joe showed up for a change, and 8 pitches surely beats 23 in an inning. Glad we scored first, didn’t fold for a change, and got the big add on run. Ricky P needs to step on to the big stage tomorrow night.

It was a great win.
Casty could lose his job to DK if he keeps whiffing with RISP. I am a Casty fan and am not a DK fan, but he is too easily manipulated by pitchers when he doesn’t jump on a guess right fastball.
That’s the best I have seen Nathan pitch. I am not convinced it is for real but it is at least encouraging.
Pretty much doesn’t matter how Max pitches. He is becoming more an more disliked by fans and probably won’t please everybody until he throws shutouts.
The only two runs today scored after a missed strike three by the ump and a subsequent 2 out RBI by one of the best hitters the game has seen in the last decade.
There’s no shame in that.

Nah, it’s the money thing that people don’t like. Turned down $24 mil per year for six years, only half of which he’ll be effective. Detroit could have kept Fister if they’d known Max was walking away, and Smyly and Jackson would still be Tigers. My take on it, anyway.

Yes, that has to have been one of the quickest, cleanest 9th innings Joe has thrown this year and the crowd let him know it. Joba threw like first-half Joba, too. Let’s keep winning and clinch the division. Go Tigers!!!!1

I think DD was going to get rid of Fister anyway. I suppose it is all weaved into the thinking around salary structure but could simply have been thinking it was the best time to get something for a 30 year old pitcher on a stacked rotation.
It was most certainly a bad trade from the gitgo and almost everyone here said so at the time.
And it is the money issue that people don’t like but his money issue is not so unlike any other player in an opportune position. I don’t like it much and the change in baseball caused me to stop following it for about 15 years until guys like Chris Shelton, Nook Logan, Placido Polanco, Curtis Granderson and Craig Monroe captured my fancy once again.
To me a good performance should be appreciated on its own merits.
Max has won his last two ball games, giving up 3 runs in the process, at a time where the club absolutely had to win.
Over the last two years he has 5 times as many wins as he does losses.
Money aside he does not deserve to be called a “bad” pitcher based on performance.
We are lucky to have him for another month.

With the win last night, Max will became the first right-hander in major league history to win at least 18 games with fewer than 6 losses in consecutive seasons. The only left-handers to accomplish this feat are Lefty Grove (1930-31) and Sandy Koufax (1963-4).

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