Thursday’s lineups: Tigers at Royals

James McCann gets his second consecutive start, this part as part of the standard lefty lineup with Danny Duffy on the mound.

The Royals shuffle their batting order with Alcides Escobar out after his hit-by-pitch from Danny Salazar. Alex Gordon returns to his old job as leadoff hitter, with folks at the bottom of the order moving up a spot. Christian Colon starts as shortstop, batting ninth.

tigerslogoTIGERS (career numbers against Duffy)

  1. Rajai Davis, CF (2-for-9, double, walk, K)
  2. Ian Kinsler, 2B (3-for-12, HR, walk, 2 K’s)
  3. Miguel Cabrera, 1B (5-for-18, 3 doubles, 6 walks, 5 K’s)
  4. Victor Martinez, DH (3-for-15, double, 2 walks, K)
  5. J.D. Martinez, RF (1-for-6, HR, 4 K’s)
  6. Yoenis Cespedes, LF (0-for-2, walk, K)
  7. Nick Castellanos, 3B (1-for-8)
  8. James McCann, C
  9. Jose Iglesias, SS (0-for-1, K)

P: Alfredo Simon

royalschampionslogoROYALS (career numbers off Simon)

  1. Alex Gordon, LF (1-for-5, HR, K)
  2. Mike Moustakas, 3B (0-for-3)
  3. Lorenzo Cain, CF
  4. Eric Hosmer, 1B (2-for-4, 2 doubles)
  5. Kendrys Morales, DH
  6. Salvador Perez, C
  7. Omar Infante, 2B (1-for-1)
  8. Jarrod Dyson, RF
  9. Christian Colon, SS

P: Danny Duffy


The idea of dropping V-Mart in the lineup was brought up in the last post. I think the move is long overdue. When Miggy is walked 4 times in a game he is not being pitched to. As the most dynamic force in baseball, that is a bad thing for him and a worse thing for the Tigers. And for V-Mart, who is supposed to protect Miggy, it means he is not PRESENTLY up to the task.

And as far as JD or Cespedes hitting in front of the other, their stats have flipflopped repeatedly thus far this season. I think it basically comes down to who’s hot that day. They are both powerful hitters and are both ranked highly in AL power stats. Either way, there is no wrong answer. Personally, to borrow the gist of what Dan earlier said, I’d leave that alone for now.

Ausmus on Victor Martinez: “He’s really close to where he was.”
probably ,true. 333 OBP. He needed the ST and he is having it now

Read that. Hopefully, it is true. But until V-Mart proves it, someone who powers the ball shoud be in that slot.

Just a note for purpose of comparison , Avila’s OBP is .358.

What I want to know is why haven’t any of these hot heads in KC served their suspensions ( other than Volquez)? Yes I know they are appealing do why haven’t their appeals been heard? Heck Herrera as far as I can gather hasn’t had his appeal heard on his first suspension from a few weeks ago. Seriously MLB they invented the phone over a century ago.

They were suspended the same day, they appealed to allow the team to escalate the suspension and reduce the need to call up sport starters.
The second question, bureaucracies are the same everywhere

The Tigers played the system with Porcello after the Rodney-Miguel Incident

Kelvin Herrera received 2 suspensions…one from a week earlier. I not blaming kc…I’m blaming the league.

Respect him I understand. But JD is in a slump so maybe if you move him up it could put him on track. Than Cepedes and than Vmart. It could change all of them to get on track

There are probably numerous reasons Victor has not been moved. Respect and trust in Victor and the fact that the Tigers are winning games may play into Brad’s decision. I would not move Victor either.

Wide strike zone according to Dan Dickerson.

Maybe Victor can hit one out.

maybe moustakis will first

We hang ’em, they bang ’em.

So far…not so good.

Well here in the 5th if you don’t get runs on the board soon it gets increasingly unlikely when you get to their pen.

This sucks!

Finally, Brad is yanking him. Get ready for the BP.

I feel sick to my stomach.

I don’t know why I keep watching this train wreck. The Tigers better turn it on tomorrow.

Maybe Soria will get a night off tonight.

No shutout tonight.

1. Al doesn’t walk anyone for a change.
2. Victor’s AB’s tonight looked much better.
3. There was no brawl, except from Beck’s Blog.
Julio looked really bad tonight; I guess that’s why we got him on the cheap last year. Absolutely no passion from anywhere tonight. We could take the next three; an even more probable scenario is a four game sweep by the Royals. Simon was due for a downer. The Lobster crawls away with the W tomorrow, or ends up as Bisque.

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