Saturday’s lineups: Tigers vs. Indians (updated)

UPDATE: Trevor Bauer was a last-minute scratch with an illness after trying to long-toss before his start. Left-hander T.J. House starts in his place. The Tigers lineup, which already had Rajai Davis in it but also has Alex Avila in it, stays the same.

Davis got the start today over Anthony Gose against what was supposed to be Bauer, who has slight reverse splits for his career but has been pretty much stingy against everybody this season (4-for-30 with 17 strikeouts vs. right-handed hitters, 4-for-34 with 9 walks and 9 K’s against lefties). Gose’s four-strikeout also likely played into the move.

“He’s just in a little bit of a funk right now,” Brad Ausmus said. “He’s not swinging like he was a week ago. It doesn’t hurt to give him a day to regroup and work on some things in the cage.”

Weatherwise, it appears Detroit has lucked out today. While most of the Midwest is getting drenched today — the White Sox already canceled their game against the Royals — the storm system is expected to stay to the south of Motown, allowing for a cold, dry afternoon of baseball at Comerica Park.

Reminder: Today’s game is on Fox Sports 1, rather than Fox Sports Detroit. Check your TV provider for the channel number.

Gameday | TV: Fox Sports 1, MLB.TV | Radio: 97.1 FM, AM 1270, Gameday Audio

DetroitStars3TIGERS (career numbers off T.J. House)

  1. Rajai Davis, CF (1-for-1, walk)
  2. Ian Kinsler, 2B (1-for-1, walk)
  3. Miguel Cabrera, 1B (2-for-2, HR)
  4. Victor Martinez, DH (0-for-2, walk)
  5. J.D. Martinez, RF (2-for-2)
  6. Yoenis Cespedes, LF (0-for-1, K)
  7. Alex Avila, C
  8. Nick Castellanos, 3B (0-for-1, K)
  9. Jose Iglesias, SS (0-for-1)

P: Alfredo Simon

buckeyeslogoINDIANS (career numbers off Alfredo Simon)

  1. Michael Bourn, CF (4-for-6, 2 K’s)
  2. Jason Kipnis, 2B (2-for-8, double, walk, K)
  3. Michael Brantley, LF (7-for-12, 3 doubles, walk)
  4. Carlos Santana, 1B (4-for-12, 2 walks, 3 K’s)
  5. Brandon Moss, RF (1-for-4, K)
  6. David Murphy, DH (3-for-6, double, 2 walks, HBP)
  7. Lonnie Chisenhall, 3B (2-for-10, double, HR, K)
  8. Brett Hayes, C
  9. Jose Ramirez, SS (1-for-4)

P: Trevor Bauer T.J. House



Gose ,19 K in 43 AB. Time to try Kinsler leading-off and Iglesias second

Gose may have fallen victim to the platoon and three lefties in a row earlier this week.
Cleveland’s numbers against Simon don’t bode well.

Same lineup?

I mean the 4 SO were a factor not the reversed splits

OMG Castellanos is brutal on pops isn’t he
Then he does it again. Anybody notice the body language? He is not extending but instead his body reflects his reluctance to be going all out for balls. He has no, and has been, one of those guys who DOESN’T want the ball hit to him instead of wanting it.
It may take time but he is just extremely awkward and probably is a 1st baseman as soon as next year. And yes, that may mean somewhere else.
I guess we should ask the jury to stay out for awhile on this but my initial excitement about a quality all-round 3rd baseman in a Detroit uni will likely be nothing more than unrealistic expectation.
p.s. He had Simon talking to his “glove”

I think Brad should change the lineup to this affect. DavisCF Kinsler2b Miggy1b VictorDH CespedesRF JDLF McCannC Perez/Rommine3b Iggyss. JD dosen’t look comfortable out in right. Nick is not sure of himself at 3b or at the plate. And Alex I just think he got hit and beat up too much in his career plus he does not look agrestive at the plate. And from the start I told my wife the bullpen is a dister. It needs to be fixed. Every team goes in a slump. What ever happaned to SEE BALL HIT BALL.

Nick is far from a finished product. If the Tigers were not in win-now mode, his contiuing problems would not be much of an issue.

There are other problems as well of course. i.e. why does this team go into lineup-wide offensive dearths.
Why is Alex Avila playing against a southpaw today? All the rhetoric about needing to see how McCann can handle the position, how ell he hits lefties, how he will even get starts agains RHP, how inefficient Alex is agains LHP, how he whiffed 3 times yesterday which (and I agree) justified sitting the other LHB in our lineup.
Ausmus’ comments to media should almost simply be ignored.
What happened to the “good old days” when catchers were less concerned with release times and more concwerned to making throws knee-high and to the 1st base side of the bag? Strong arms are nice and quick release times are impressive but how many stolen bases are the result of a middle infielder having to reach back for the ball and then apply a tag?
BTW nobody in baseball has hit into more DPs than the Tigers.

I guess Victor is feeling better

6 SB/1 CS for Avila
McCann 4/2

Paranoid? Iggy running OK? Could just be the baggy unis.
Cespedes looked puzzled or troubled on the two fly balls he caught in the 4th.
Kinsler, hopefully is going to get that pwer stroke back.
Verlander is going to be a story all year long.
Francona is a little paranoid himself. Wait till Victor gets his stroke back I guess.

Iglesias with the consequences of last night hit and not PR for him

Last night he fouled into his leg just outside of the protector he is using for his knee

Here we go.

BP time

This umpires strike zone is all over the place.

I find it reprehensible that a club like we have has the albatross of an ineffective bullpen year after year after year. It is energy sapping. How would you like to be on D knowing that no matter how well the team has done that day that the other team will be given a respite and an opportunity to get back in the game?

Although no facet of the tiger’s game is working well right now. Completely disappointing. Even today they are facing poor pitching and they haven’t done much

The losing streak comes to an end!

Does anyone else think that so far we’ve seen the worst ball/strike umpires ever? No consistency much of the time this season. At least it’s not one sided; both teams get hosed. Jim Joyce tomorrow, let’s see how the veteran does.

Yep it’s awful I was in the car for a bit of the game Dan and Jim were complaining about it today. …the only game I thought was real one sided was Tanaka I thought his strike zone waso really generous.

Some much needed relief from Gorzelanny today. Simon threw a zillion pitches but was effective.
Somebody tell those two Fox1 announcers that they don’t have to run their mouths ALL the time. It’s TV.

I noticed that also, talk, talk and talk. Glad we only have them once a week.

1. Rag’s base running; made things happen.
2. Gorzelanny’s good appearance today, especially the DP ball to Moss.
3. Shutting down the Tribe in the first; very important that we got the lead first.
Kudos to Pasta, and Jelly Legs; both had just enough to get us over the hump today.
Julio needs to study his note some more, and cut down on these huge swings. Alex has no idea where he is or where is is going.


Can someone please help me understand what Ausmus was doing calling for a double steal with Miggy up and two outs? Can you imagine what would have happened if we would have gotten thrown out there taking the bat out of Miggy’s hands when, for the first time in the game, he actually has the chance to see a strike? After the steal, first base open again and could’t believe they just didn’t walk him for the 5th time in the game. Was it just that the Indians were completely unsuspecting of a double steal and thus Ausmus a genious for catching them napping?

He had red light, it was Davis bad idea.
Pretty sure, Miguel is not happy about how the whole game developed.

“That was Raj being Raj,” manager Brad Ausmus said, with a chuckle, after the Tigers secured a 4-1 win. “I talked to him after. He has a stop sign. He just never saw it. It happens.”

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