Game 162 lineups: Tigers vs. Twins
No surprise, but Rajai Davis is not in the lineup today. Ezequiel Carrera’s start may or may not be surprising. It’s just his second start since Sept. 1, and Don Kelly started three times in center field since then. However, Kelly hasn’t started since Sept. 16, and his hit last night ended an 0-for-11 slump.
Also, for what it’s worth, Ausmus said he considers Carrera to be the best defensive center fielder of the group with Davis out. That said, it could be worth watching how well Carrera reads fly balls with the sun out for the day game, a setting which gave Davis trouble on a ball earlier this week and gave Austin Jackson and Curtis Granderson problems for years.
Meanwhile, Victor Martinez has a division race and a batting race going down to the final day. AL batting leader Jose Altuve (.340) isn’t playing today, which leaves Martinez (.337) with a chance to catch a standing target and earn the Tigers their fourth straight batting title. That said, it’s going to take a stellar day.
Altuve is at .33993902. If Martinez goes 3-for-3, he’ll pass Altuve at .34046346. If Martinez goes 3-for-4, however, he’ll finish just shy at .33985765. A 4-for-5 day would put Martinez at .341.
TIGERS (career numbers against Gibson)
- Ian Kinsler, 2B (3-for-10, walk, K)
- Torii Hunter, RF (2-for-7, walk)
- Miguel Cabrera, 1B (5-for-8, double, HR, K)
- Victor Martinez, DH (3-for-9, double, 2 walks)
- J.D. Martinez, LF (3-for-8, double, walk, 2 K’s)
- Alex Avila, C (3-for-7, double, K)
- Nick Castellanos, 3B (1-for-9, walk, 3 K’s)
- Andrew Romine, SS (2-for-5, walk, K)
- Ezequiel Carrera, CF
P: David Price
TWINS (career numbers off Price)
- Danny Santana, SS (2-for-8, double, triple, 5 K’s)
- Brian Dozier, 2B (4-for-15, double, 2 HR, walk, 2 K’s)
- Joe Mauer, 1B (3-for-20, double, 4 walks, 6 K’s)
- Kennys Vargas, DH (1-for-3, K)
- Josmil Pinto, C (1-for-5, 2 walks)
- Oswaldo Arcia, RF
- Eduardo Escobar, 3B (3-for-5, double)
- Chris Herrmann, LF
- Aaron Hicks, CF (2-for-5, double, walk, K)
P: Kyle Gibson