ALDS Game 3 lineups: Tigers vs. Orioles
In the end, the decision on Rajai Davis wasn’t whether he could play, but whether Brad Ausmus could count on him to play nine innings. Between Davis’ Game 2 exit and the cool temperatures today, the answer was no.
“Raj was still a little sore,” Ausmus said, “so with the cool weather, I think, rather than having him start the game and maybe have to pull him out, I would rather be able to use him later in the game maybe, especially with their left‑handed bullpen. So he’s available. He certainly could pinch‑hit, but he’s still feeling it a little bit.”
Also, Ausmus added, it didn’t hurt to get another left-handed bat in the lineup against Bud Norris, whose lefty-righty splits aren’t vast but enough to make a difference. Left-handed hitters batted .255 with a .753 OPS against Norris this season, compared with .226 and .659 from righties.
With lefty David Price on the mound, the Orioles are sitting Alejandro De Aza, who hits miserably against lefties. That earns Delmon Young another postseason start in left field at Comerica Park, a sight many Tigers fans will remember. O’s manager Buck Showalter, though, decided to take the risk.
On Young in LF over Cruz, this allows the Os to keep Cruz’s bat in the lineup and use a def replacement in LF if there’s a lead.
— Brittany Ghiroli (@Britt_Ghiroli) October 5, 2014
Young’s most famous moment in left field happened at AT&T Park, not Comerica Park, in Game 1 of the 2012 World Series.
TIGERS (career numbers against Norris)
- Ian Kinsler, 2B (3-for-8, HR, 2 walks)
- Torii Hunter, RF (3-for-12, 2 doubles, HR, 3 K’s)
- Miguel Cabrera, 1B (3-for-12, 2 doubles, 3 K’s)
- Victor Martinez, DH (4-for-12, double, HR)
- J.D. Martinez, LF
- Alex Avila, C (0-for-10, walk, 5 K’s)
- Nick Castellanos, 3B (0-for-3, 2 K’s)
- Andrew Romine, SS (0-for-3, K)
- Don Kelly, CF (2-for-7, K)
P: David Price
ORIOLES (career numbers off Price)
- Nick Markakis, RF (12-for-47, double, triple, 3 walks, 9 K’s)
- Steve Pearce, 1B (4-for-12, HR, 3 K’s)
- Adam Jones, 1B (11-for-44, 3 doubles, walk, 11 K’s)
- Nelson Cruz, DH (10-for-28, double, 3 HR, 2 walks, 5 K’s)
- Delmon Young, LF (5-for-16, double, HR, 6 K’s)
- J.J. Hardy, SS (12-for-36, 5 doubles, 3 walks, 10 K’s)
- Nick Hundley, C
- Ryan Flaherty, SS
- Jonathan Schoop, 2B (1-for-2)
P: Bud Norris