Tuesday’s lineups: Tigers at Pirates

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A.J. Burnett has a two-sided history against Detroit, a 6-2 record despite a 5.19 ERA in 11 career meetings. He has been much better in recent years against the Tigers than he was from 2006 to 2008, when he had the pressure of the big contract on him. He could’ve been a Tiger about a decade ago, ironically, though the Tigers were never going to match what the Blue Jays offered him.

Burnett knows the soft spots of former Marlins teammate Miguel Cabrera, as the stats below reflect, but he has struggled against Rajai Davis, and he has struggled a lot with speed on the bases, averaging more than 30 stolen bases allowed last year and two steals from Billy Hamilton last week in Cincinnati. The way this Tigers team has worked the basepaths so far, it’ll be very interesting to see if they try to test him and catcher Francisco Cervelli.

UPDATE: Since some folks were asking, Brad Ausmus said starting Davis and Anthony Gose in the same outfield tonight was never a consideration. “I love stolen bases,” Ausmus said, “but I love home runs better.” Thus, Gose sits.

Gameday | TV: FS Detroit, MLB Network (outside Detroit and Pittsburgh), MLB.TV | Radio: 97.1 FM, AM 1270, Gameday Audio

tigerroarlogoTIGERS (career numbers vs. Burnett)

  1. Rajai Davis, LF (4-for-9, 2 doubles, triple)
  2. Ian Kinsler, 2B (5-for-26, HR, walk, 6 K’s)
  3. Miguel Cabrera, 1B (5-for-25, 2 doubles, HR, walk, 3 K’s)
  4. J.D. Martinez, RF (0-for-10, 2 K’s)
  5. Yoenis Cespedes, LF
  6. Nick Castellanos, 3B
  7. Alex Avila, C (1-for-10, 2 walks, 2 K’s)
  8. Jose Iglesias, SS
  9. Shane Greene, P

pirateslogo2PIRATES (no numbers against Greene)

  1. Josh Harrison, 3B
  2. Gregory Polanco, LF
  3. Andrew McCutchen, CF
  4. Neil Walker, 2B
  5. Corey Hart, RF
  6. Pedro Alvarez, 1B
  7. Francisco Cervelli, C
  8. Jordy Mercer, SS
  9. A.J. Burnett, P

26 Comments

Cy Green on the mound tonight!

Let’s hope so. Their record against Burnett doesn’t look promising.

Corey Hart sighting…wondered where he was. Some good seasons with the Brewers.

Most of his wins were with the Yankees,against them the Tigers allow a lot of runs. The last match was May 29 2013, 3-5 but the current Tigers hit 209 /.293/.391 /.684 vs him

Even though I’m a Rajai fan, I still would start Gose against the RH pitcher. Burnett has never seen him and Gose has been hot with the bat. Prove me wrong, Rajai. Go Tigers!

Very slick play by Iggy. Nearly made the play of the week.

That was Castellanos play. Why he stopped? Did Iglesias call it?

It never seems to matter….even when Burnett stinks we never ever hit him. Doesn’t even matter who’s on the team.

Castellanos strands two more. Really having a hard time thinking that Castellanos is going to do anything with guys in scoring position other than strike out or hit into a double play. I know patience is in order with him but watching him just now and I absolutely no doubt that he was going to strike out.

If Iglesias gets on base, PH?

“blame” Iglesias

What a dandy by Greene! Oh oh BP time.

What a game. Oh, it was fabulous!!!!

and, thank you, Rajai for proving me wrong. But, the pitchng, baserunning, and the flashing of leather was something to behold.

Now that’s a closer! 10 pitches and its over.

That was excellent, a well played game and very entertaining. Love games like that. Good win. I was realistically hoping to get one game here, so it’s house money now.
I think we got one in Mr. Greene.
If Nathan returns, I would seriously make him a situational guy.

Did ya’ll see Cy Green tonight? How about old and fat Rajai? Great game, tonight….really good defense from Iggy and Jay Deep…good base running by at times too…..good patience at the plate by guys

kinsler too – good hitting and defense by ian

Davis came up big. Maybe platooning with more time off between appearances will help him overcome his age and body weight, allowing him to be more productive when he gets the opportunity.

Wow that was a blessing to see Soria shut that down with no drama!!

1. Team defense was spectacular.
2. Pirates don’t get a free baserunner.
3. No fanfare in the ninth(don’t forget we’ve had to deal with Papa G and Nathan)
Greg

Great game to win–and watch.
Not that it came up today but I hope the Tigers maangement doesn’t get into condoning “defensive indifference” this year.
It was a trademark of the Valverde era.
IMHO, it is a potential problem. Every run counts, force plays can end games that otherwise would give another at bat. It serves to pump up the offense and at the same time lets down the defense.
Play hard-all game long. Don’t “let” anybody have anything, let them know you are the superior team, Have your closer experience holding the runner on in a 3 run game so that he knows how to do it in a one run game. Throw the runner out at 2nd, punctuate your victory. Take charge.
Indifference actually means you don’t care. That is not a way to play baseball.
At least have a team policy on the run spread. 5 run lead–all right be “indifferent”.
Not with 4—no way. And certainly not with anything else.

It came last Saturday with Soria. A runner went to third with the shift on. There was no one covering third. The runner scored next.

me thinks Joe Nathan gets booed when he is given the closers role back.

You think?
If they keep Nathan, I would seriously use him in situations only, not to close. He doesn’t have the stamina for a full inning.
Yeah, I know I’ve said this before.

What a game! Green really has been something so far – good for him and good for us! Tigers made 2 of the top 10 on espn for that game.

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