Sunday’s lineups: Tigers vs. Indians

  Happy Lobstein Day. Rajai Davis gets another start in center against Carlos Carrasco. With Tommy Milone slated to start for the Twins on Monday in Minnesota, he’ll be in center tomorrow as well. The break gives Gose a chance to work with hitting coach Wally Joyner, according to Brad Ausmus.

“It gives him a chance to take a step back, work with Wally in the cage a little bit,” Ausmus said.

James McCann, meanwhile, starts behind the plate for Lobstein.

The Indians, meanwhile, do some shifting around beyond the usual lefty matchup thing. Jason Kipnis moves up to leadoff, while Michael Bourn — mired in a 3-for-27 slump — moves down to ninth.

tigerhitterlogoTIGERS (career calculations off Carlos Carrasco)

  1. Rajai Davis, CF (2-for-10, double, 2 K’s)
  2. Ian Kinsler, 2B (5-for-16, 3 doubles, walk, 4 K’s)
  3. Miguel Cabrera, 1B (6-for-18, double, HR, 3 walks, 4 K’s)
  4. Victor Martinez, DH (5-for-17)
  5. J.D. Martinez, RF (3-for-10, HR, K)
  6. Yoenis Cespedes, LF (0-for-1, K)
  7. Nick Castellanos, 3B (3-for-6, 2 walks, 2 K’s)
  8. James McCann, C
  9. Jose Iglesias, SS (1-for-1)

P: Kyle Lobstein

clevelandlogo2INDIANS (career numbers against Lobstein)

  1. Jason Kipnis, 2B (2-for-7, walk, 3 K’s)
  2. Mike Aviles, SS (1-for-5, double)
  3. Michael Brantley, LF (2-for-5, HR, walk, K)
  4. Carlos Santana, 1B (3-for-7, HR, walk, 2 K’s)
  5. Ryan Raburn, DH (2-for-5, walk)
  6. Brandon Moss, RF (1-for-2, double, walk)
  7. Lonnie Chisenhall, 3B (2-for-6, K)
  8. Roberto Perez, C (0-for-2)
  9. Michael Bourn, CF (2-for-8, double, walk, 4 K’s)

P: Carlos Carrasco


with the lobster connection, couldn’t resist:

Batting once a week , McCann will never be able to hit. If they are serious about him he must play 50/50 or short of

Good first inning for Lobstein. Keep it up!

Wainwright, Scherzer two reasons for the DH

Ausmus is making no sense to me with his deployment of Avila/McCann these last two days.
EVERY indicator of who to play when and against who was subverted by him–including tyhe day game after night game.
He throws Avila in agains a lefty? McCann is supposed to be able to hit lefties. He needs game time. Then he puts him in against a tough RHP who throws in the high 90s

He has to manage with the term “confidence building” in mind for both his catchers.

Raburn playing for his new and old team at the same time

Well Lobstien looked good in the 1st ….2nd not so good.
Regards to McCann playing today, but only today I wonder if it’s because they’ve worked quite well together in Toledo last year. Just a thought . Besides Avila looks like crap. I swear I think he goes up there looking to walk so he doesn’t have to ground out or strike out swinging.

Sweet Lou. That interview brought tears to my eyes.

Tigers ground into more double plays …2 already today aND one was nearly a triple play.

Tied for first in MLB, GIDP: 21

Lobstein looks like he could be a capable, if unsptectacular, major league pitcher. He is smart, decent stuff and a strike-thrower. Wich in actuality is also his problem as evidence by the number of two strike hits the opponents get. Falling behind 0-2 to Lobstein is not a daunting proposition. He invariably gets too much of the plate instead of thrwoing something unhittable. I hope he gets the hang of it soon.
JD is really struggling as is Castellanos. A very concerning trouble spot in the lineup is brewing there. Cespedes htting the ball hard and has not been “puck lucky” lately.
VMart just showed Alex Avila why they Tigrs will gladly let him go next season (or maybe sooner). The guy refuses to take what the defense is gifting him. I know he CAN bunt but he would rather go down looking than resort to the ignomy of being a slugger who bunts. I find this a bit detestable but also ironic in the sense that he has the reputation of being a team guy with an unselfish attitude.

JD Babip 292. Bad luck has played a role

But yes, I expected Cespedes to hit 5th or even clean-up

that never fails

Raburn never makes a game boring–even as a DH he seems to alwyas be in the middle of a bad or bizarre play

Lobstein holding his own. Only 75 pitches. Casty 3 SO and 5 LOB. A really bad day. Miggy SO on a ball outside? JD comes through.

Hey Dan. Re: Ausmus making no sense. Indians RHP. Gose LHB. Rajai gets the call. No complaint here . Just wondering.

Great to see Miggy flash some power. I was beginning to wonder about it.

The pen the pen the pen. I stupidly thought it might be better this year.

Lobstein 86 pitches. Why the pen?

Get Nesbit out of there honest to god. Jeez

Awesome Hardy is coming in…..that Hardly feels promising. Hope I’m wrong


I’m a big Dombrowski supporter but if he thinks he can rely on anybody in that pen he’s absolutely off his rocker.

Relying on Rondo to be effective might just be a pipe dream. Zumaya redux. Question is with all the great things he does why is the pen continually an issue and pretty much has been since 2006

1. Two runs scored in the first proved to be the margin of victory. Scoring first is so vital for our success or any team’s for that measure. Just thinking about Central flame throwers as starters, and our BP, which is weaker than anyone’s but the Twinks.
2. Rag’s speed makes the difference at the start.
3. The Martinez hit to beat the shift; totally unselfish.
Glad to see Julio and Migg contributing today. Nicky C. needs to become a a Wally Project. Too much natural talent to get into bad habits. The Igloo defense continues to awe all of baseball, and I did see some better swings from VMart; in reality two weeks off would probably do wonders for Mr. Jelly legs. The Lobster continues to “claw” his way through Indians batting with nice results. Sorry, I couldn’t resist. Look for a nice rebound in Twink Town for DP. Re the Avila/McCann should start scenario, I believe it was a comfort thing for Lobster with James. Just my opinion.

Tigers take another series. Only the Yankee series was dismal. Going north into colder weather doesn’t sound good. Maybe it will warm up a little.

Sure would like to forget about the Yankees series . And it wont be easier when they make the road trip to the Big Apple . Lets hope some lessons were learned .

Bad time to lose Rajai. He was making the offense go and remains one of the best bargains in baseball.
It’s not unheard of, or even uncommon, to send down a second year player for a tune up. Nick is confused at the plate and, among our suddenly premiere defenders, stands out like an inflamed first digit. At this point, Romine would be a temporary improvement at third.
I understand that Cleveland’s switch to a LH starter Saturday came too late to switch catchers.
Nice to see Lou Whitaker in the booth today.
Has our bullpen turned in a scoreless performance after the first week?


Rich. ….not many innings has the pen gone unscathed.

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