Tuesday’s lineups: Tigers at Pirates
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.
TIGERS (career numbers vs. Burnett)
- Rajai Davis, LF (4-for-9, 2 doubles, triple)
- Ian Kinsler, 2B (5-for-26, HR, walk, 6 K’s)
- Miguel Cabrera, 1B (5-for-25, 2 doubles, HR, walk, 3 K’s)
- J.D. Martinez, RF (0-for-10, 2 K’s)
- Yoenis Cespedes, LF
- Nick Castellanos, 3B
- Alex Avila, C (1-for-10, 2 walks, 2 K’s)
- Jose Iglesias, SS
- Shane Greene, P
PIRATES (no numbers against Greene)
- Josh Harrison, 3B
- Gregory Polanco, LF
- Andrew McCutchen, CF
- Neil Walker, 2B
- Corey Hart, RF
- Pedro Alvarez, 1B
- Francisco Cervelli, C
- Jordy Mercer, SS
- A.J. Burnett, P