Wednesday’s lineups: Tigers at White Sox

For the first time this season, manager Brad Ausmus has tweaked the middle of the Tigers lineup. It was a minor shuffle, flip-flopping J.D. Martinez and Yoenis Cespedes in the batting order, but it was nonetheless significant.

It was a sign of Ausmus starting to make some moves to try to spark an offense that was held to two runs or less in four of seven games on the current road trip entering Wednesday night’s game against the White Sox.

Martinez has scuffled through most of those games after hitting six home runs with an .813 OPS in April. He entered Wednesday’s game in a 1-for-18, 12-strikeout funk, and 2-for-25 with 16 strikeouts since last Tuesday. He entered Wednesday ranked fourth among American League hitters with 36 strikeouts on the season.

“He’s just chasing pitches,” Brad Ausmus said of Martinez Tuesday night. “I personally think he’s thinking a little bit too much, a combination of not picking up the ball and thinking too much. His swing is fine.”

Ausmus can deal with the strikeouts. With Cespedes batting .316 (16-for-57) over Detroit’s last 16 games, though, Ausmus decided to try to get more RBI opportunities for the hits.

“Just mix those two up,” Ausmus said on the reasoning. “J.D. has scuffled a little bit here lately, so we’ll try to really just put Cespedes in front of him and get a more productive bat there, and hopefully J.D. there in the six hole finds his stroke again.”

Asked if more batting order changes were under consideration, Ausmus said, “I wouldn’t say that. Even if I had considered it, I wouldn’t tell you. … If I feel something’s necessary to make the team more productive, I would make a lineup change.”

Gameday | TV: FS Detroit, MLB.TV | Radio: 97.1 FM, AM 1270, Gameday Audio

tigerroarlogoTIGERS (career numbers off Chris Sale)

  1. Rajai Davis, CF (6-for-15, 2 doubles, walk)
  2. Ian Kinsler, 2B (6-for-25, 2 HR, 4 walks, 4 K’s)
  3. Miguel Cabrera, 1B (7-for-32, 2 HR, 7 walks, 12 K’s)
  4. Victor Martinez, DH (15-for-32, 3 doubles, 3 HR, 2 walks, 5 K’s)
  5. Yoenis Cespedes, LF (3-for-12, walk, 6 K’s)
  6. J.D. Martinez, RF (6-for-19, 2 doubles, HR, 9 K’s)
  7. Nick Castellanos, 3B (1-for-10, walk, 7 K’s)
  8. James McCann, C (0-for-2)
  9. Jose Iglesias, SS (3-for-8, K)

P: Alfredo Simon

whitesox70slogoWHITE SOX (career numbers off Simon)

  1. Adam Eaton, CF
  2. Melky Cabrera, LF (1-for-4, double)
  3. Jose Abreu, 1B
  4. Adam LaRoche, DH (2-for-6, double, 2 walks, K)
  5. Avisail Garcia, RF
  6. Conor Gillaspie, 3B
  7. Alexei Ramirez, SS (1-for-3, K)
  8. Tyler Flowers, C
  9. Micah Johnson, 2B

P: Chris Sale


Tough pitching matchups this series for the Tigers. This could be a pivotal game in terms of avoiding a sweep. I have zero confidence, for the next contest in Lobstein, who has been lucky beyond imagination during his present stay with the Tigers.

Another night of Tiger’s pitchers inability to throw strikes.

Simon will be very lucky to make it through 5 IP’s tonight. Too many 3-ball counts then BB’s. Another tough night for the BP! May need to callus an arm for Thursdsay’s matinee at this pace.

“Call up an arm” space bar typo.

Simon has been giving too many walks to LH for his whole career

V-Mart!!! He did what a 4-hole guy who is protecting a force is supposed to do. FINALLY.

I can see J.D. overcoming his slump a lot quicker than Nick Castellanos.

Guess what…..we lost.
Another indication that Joba just doesn’t have it…neither does decisions made by
the manager and pitching coach, okay there was an error, then a string of hits ,
then a three run homer to tie….why leave Joba in there?Where is relief…three more hits with Joba in there(still) Where is management? Miguel doesn’t come through again….thanks for Victor, who manages to at least produces even when ailing.

Brad should have taken Joba out after the Melky blast . Not sure what he was thinking. MLB network was talking about how bad the White Sox had been playing.

Then 2 losses to the White Sox as the bull pen is falls apart . Maybe they can take game 3 today .

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