Monday’s lineups: Tigers at Twins

As expected, Rajai Davis is out of the lineup following his groin injury Sunday. While his replacement (Anthony Gose) was obvious, the batting order was not. With lefty Tommy Milone on the mound for Minnesota, Brad Ausmus shuffled, bumping Ian Kinsler up to leadoff (where he started for much of last summer) and moving Jose Iglesias to the second spot. Gose, who has a couple hits off Milone in his history, bats ninth.

Alex Avila gets his second start against a lefty in three days. Slumping Nick Castellanos (0-for-11, seven strikeouts since his home run Friday) gets a night off to regroup, with Hernan Perez starting his place.

TIGERS (career numbers off Tommy Milone)

  1. Ian Kinsler, 2B (5-for-16, HR, 3 K’s)
  2. Jose Iglesias, SS (0-for-2, K)
  3. Miguel Cabrera, 1B (7-for-16, 3 doubles, 2 walks, 2 K’s)
  4. Victor Martinez, DH (4-for-8)
  5. J.D. Martinez, RF (4-for-14, double, HR)
  6. Yoenis Cespedes, LF
  7. Alex Avila, C (0-for-2)
  8. Hernan Perez, 3B (0-for-1, K)
  9. Anthony Gose, CF (2-for-2, double)

P: David Price

TWINS (career numbers off Price)

  1. Brian Dozier, 2B (5-for-22, double, 2 HR, walk, 3 K’s)
  2. Torii Hunter, RF (8-for-26, double, HR, 2 walks, 6 K’s)
  3. Joe Mauer, 1B (5-for-27, double, 4 walks, 7 K’s)
  4. Trevor Plouffe, 3B (6-for-15, double, walk, 3 K’s)
  5. Eduardo Nunez, DH (9-for-34, 2 doubles, HR, 3 walks, 3 K’s)
  6. Kurt Suzuki, C (6-for-26, 3 doubles, HR, 10 K’s)
  7. Shane Robinson, LF
  8. Jordan Schafer, CF (1-for-5)
  9. Danny Santana, SS (3-for-16, double, triple, 8 K’s)

P: Tommy Milone


Avila has a very small sample size against Milone and is batting zero against him.
At the end of the day he will still have a small sample size against him and probably still batting zero.
At least McCann puts the ball in play. Why should he not be given some “easier” starts agains LHP?
Not surprised with the benching of Casty. He looks like Rookie League quality player right now.
We really need Kinsler and JD to start getting bettr wood on the ball.

You meant Victor, not JD, right? Over the last 7, JD is at .308 and V-Mart is at .150.

In fact, I checked everyone over the last 7. Kinsler is also at .308. They are tied at second on the Tigers, behind only Davis.

I wasn’t impressed with Hernan’s last venture at 3rd base, but will cut him some slack because I don’t think he’s played much at that position. I have more trust in Romine, but Hernan prob needs the experience opps. Nick is a little down on himself and probably needs a mental day off. If he continues to struggle, a trip to Toledo (nothing to be ashamed of) might be needed, as someone else suggested, to get his timing and confidence back. Good luck tonight fellas. Go Tigers

It was his first start ever at 3B in MLB. 5 games at 3B

Okay, Nick to Toledo. What are their other options besides Romine and Perez?

That is a TOUGH question. Although Nick needs to play regularly for developmental puroses, it is tough to give on-the-job training to a player for a MLB team in win-now mode. It will be interesting to see how this situation works out.

Don Wert?
Seriously though–I don’t think there is one in the organization.
As to Kinsler and JD–what I should have said is the importance of them being dangerous every at bat in that lineup. Both of them have been a bit streaky
Victor is looking like he might have (for him) a disappointing season. He certainly doesn’t look right. That dangerous presence has been replaced soewhat by Cespedes but I do think it will be Kinsler and JD that are keys to this lineup “working”

Josh Wilson but he is not part of the 40 roster. They could move Nathan to the 60 days DL to make room for him.
But I dont see it

“Brandon McCarthy torn ulnar collateral ligament after signing 4yr $48m deal in off-season…went from 135IP in ’13 to 200ip in ’14 ”
Beware with Greene

I heard the news about McCarthy on MLB TV. Give us the scoop on Greene. I was unaware he had any health issues.

Greene pitched only 78 innings for the Yankees last season and 66 in the Minors
154 is his career mark. He should be like Smyly on an innings pitched count. 170-180 at most and then call it a season

Okay. Now I understand your perspective.

Is anyone else having trouble with audio on I have no audio whatsoever and finding it very frustrating.

Not tonight, but yesterday I could hardly hear Dan & Jim and I checked the volume several times on my computer and they were at 100%. Tonight is better for me, though.

Change that. Now, I am hearing not only Dan & Jim, but also the announcers for the Twins all at the same time.

May not be giving up runs yet…Price not looking great to me…lots of pitches walks etc.

These freaking double plays. Ugh

Too many pen innings going to be needed tonight. We need more runs.

Time to go for 2B

I am not sure just how Ausmus thinks as a manager. There is the whole Joba/Joe thing from last year but this year the Avila starting against LHP when the idea was to give him more rest and see how McCann can handle himself. The perfect opportunity arises and then we see Alex wasting his at bats once more.
Then there is Gose. Wasn’t he supposed to be a legitimate stolen base guy? He actually does not run much at all. Here we have an uncomfortable 3 run lead and he remains anchored on 1st base.
Let Gose play his game and make him steal bases. We don’t need another CFer in Detroit with good wheels but undeveloped running the bases (Granderson and Jackson)

25 DP

Reckless running

How does a team have a triple and a walk in a single inning and send only 3 hitters to the plate? Well, I guess now we know.

Price gets a quality start and Wilson does a nice job.


And another runner thrown out. Pretty poor decision making today. Will be lucky to maintain lead for win.

Now Martinez gets into the act…Watching the Tigers run the bases makes me think of Leyland. If he were still the manager, he wouldn’t be moonwalking, He’d be doing somersaults, backwards.

This game looked promising too

OMG, please, Joba!

Every other team was not interested in Joba AFTER it was a foregone conclusion that the Tigers were not interested. Then lo and behold. DD gets him at a discount. You get what you pay for.
Hi curveball is so predictable and actually is extremely hittable
Iglesias and Clark had no business tagging up with a short fly ball and two power hitters still coming up.
Not sure why they get aggressive on the paths when in situations that are stupid but non-aggressive when you have Gose at 1st?
Miggy’s play was absurdly unnecessary.

Don’t seem to take the Twins seriously when we play them.

All’s Well That Ends Well

A moral victory for the Twins considering how they played the Tigers at the season’s start.

Baserunning tonight was the Tiger version of Keystone Cops; nobody knew what they were doing or where they were trying to go. Lucky for us, it wasn’t fatal. DP, while not spectacular, is still pretty good; as the weather improves, I see him improving also. Joba has been appointed to pitch like Joe did last year; every game is a heart attack maker! Soria continues to be the non assuming, dull and boring closer, that I like to see in a bull pen. Cudos to Yoennes for a nice day at the plate. Also, I don my cap to the Igloo, the coolest SS in the majors. Three things also stood out for me tonight:
1. We earned six walks from a team not known for giving up a lot of walks; didn’t say we did anything with them, but it was an extra 6 runners.
2. Jumping on the starter in the very first inning; usually, a good sign, especially with a four spot. Needed all four at the end too.
3. Alex Wilson; two big outs; no walks; “got er done”

It was a game that for me started to feel bad along about the 3rd inning. I like it when the team proves me wrong.
Price’s main value is in his ability to pitch effectively deep into games, and that hasn’t happened the last couple of starts. Makes it tough.
The baserunning was Twilight Zone stuff. They keep that up and Brad will shut ’em down again and I’d hate to see that happen.
Joba has GOT to be able to throw his fastball for strikes.

We won but……..oh my god the pen, the rally killing grounding into double plays and the pen.

I think the time is near at hand, where DD is forced to over pay for relief help. I just pray it is out of Mr. I’s pocket (FA, probably Soriano) and not the lineup (e.g. trading JD).

Again, I don’t think you want Soriano. This is a difficult time in the season to find relievers. As has been said a million times, this should have been addressed in the offseason. We may be stuck for now.

of course I wanted us to sign a legit cast of arms many many months ago – I would have done it with the money committed to VMART of roster budget was an issue. BUT NOW – it’s either MR. I gets a ring in 2015 or he doesn’t. Regardless of the “mistakes” DD made, again.

Gibby diagnosed with Parkinson’s. So sorry for him.
— Bob

Yeah, tough break for Gibby. Prayers to him and his family as they face this challenge.

KIRK!!! Holy cow, and I thought it was ROD who was going to be announced as having a terrible disease (only as it explains why he is being squeeze out of the broadcast).
puts things into perspective.

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