Thursday’s lineups: Tigers vs. Twins

For the first time since April 17, Victor Martinez is out of the Tigers starting lineup. It’s interesting timing ahead of three more days out of the lineup in St. Louis, where the Tigers won’t have a DH slot, but Brad Ausmus indicated that a fourth day wouldn’t hurt. There’s a potential matchup advantage, since Twins starter Mike Pelfrey is allowing a .194 average (14-for-72) this year to left-handed hitters, but Ausmus indicated that did not make his decision.

With the elder Martinez off — though he’s available to pinch-hit — J.D. Martinez gets a day to take it easy on his back at DH after leaving Wednesday’s game with lower back tightness. Martinez indicated this morning that he might have tweaked it on his second base hit, and he felt it tighten up as he ran out to right field the next inning.

With V-Mart out and Rajai Davis in, the Tigers will have eight right-handed hitters against Pelfrey, who has strong reverse splits going this season and slight reverse splits for his career. The only left-handed hitter for Detroit starting today is leadoff man Anthony Gose.

Reminder: Today’s game is on MLB Network for folks not in the Detroit or Minneapolis TV markets.

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

tigers1957logoTIGERS (career numbers off Pelfrey)

  1. Anthony Gose, CF (2-for-7, double, walk, 2 K’s)
  2. Ian Kinsler, 2B (2-for-9, double, 2 K’s)
  3. Miguel Cabrera, 1B (5-for-23, 7 walks, 2 K’s)
  4. J.D. Martinez, DH (1-for-3, double, 2 K’s)
  5. Yoenis Cespedes, LF (4-for-8, 2 doubles, K)
  6. Nick Castellanos, 3B (0-for-3)
  7. Rajai Davis, RF (1-for-5)
  8. Bryan Holaday, C
  9. Jose Iglesias, SS (2-for-4)

P: Anibal Sanchez

twinsoldtimelogoTWINS (career numbers off Sanchez)

  1. Brian Dozier, 2B (1-for-17, 2 walks, 4 K’s)
  2. Kurt Suzuki, C (3-for-6)
  3. Joe Mauer, DH (6-for-23, 2 walks, 4 K’s)
  4. Trevor Plouffe, 3B (3-for-18, HR, 2 walks, 4 K’s)
  5. Eduardo Escobar, LF (1-for-9, double, walk, 2 K’s)
  6. Kennys Vargas, 1B (0-for-2, walk, K)
  7. Eddie Rosario, RF
  8. Aaron Hicks, CF (0-for-8, walk, 3 K’s)
  9. Danny Santana, SS (5-for-11, 3 K’s)

P: Mike Pelfrey


eight-handed hitters? That IS impressive! They’re going to need to invest in a lot more gloves.

just when you thought Brad was lost, he totally redeems himself by putting eight-handed hitters in the lineup. I think jim price said it best: “……..WOW!”

They couldn’t hit crappy pitchers the last few days, I half expect them to be no hit today against a decent pitcher


I was wondering where would someone who wants to be apply for a data analytics position within the organization? I see the front office page, but I’m not sure where such a position fits in ()

(where would someone send in a cover letter/resume?) here is a list of front office positions

All hands on deck. Go Tigers!!!

I have been a Tiger fan for over 60 years through the best and the worst times so you can’t call me a fair-weather fan but the last few years have been a challenge. They always seem to be near the top in BA and OBP but there seems to be a clutch-hitting virus infecting the team no matter who the players or the manager or the coaches happen to be. Is this just my old age or have any of you felt the same way? It’s just like the weather. I am sure it is different than when I was younger but is it just old age? That clutch hitting problem is very irritating.

i can prove to you the weather is different.

It is frustrating to feel your team was so close to winning it all and they don’t. However, it is not easy to win a championship in any sport. A lot of things have to go right and there has to be some luck.
However, I would never call the last few years a challenge. This is what happens when a team is good for awhile. Fans get spoiled and we want more. And we are entitled to more.
4 straight division titles, 5 postseasons in 9 years, a one game play off, meaningful baseball in October, agonizing over who will pitch the 8th and 9th, caring about the out of town scoreboard, scrutinizing manager decisions because it mattered, etc. I will take all of it over what we experienced from 1989 – 2005.
1989-2005 was not a challenge, it was apathy. I never want that again. I welcome what we get now and I will complain and stress along the way.
— Bob

well said Bob – you are right, for a while I just did not watch the team because it was too sad because they just were bad – now it is frustrating knowing their abilities, but still fun for me regardless – I think my passion for the team just keeps growing as I get older

I also remember how bad they were until Jim Leyland arrived . Then 2006 and Tiger baseball took on a new look. The fans purchased tickets and Comerica Park was alive . Lets hope 2015 takes the Tigers deep into the post season.

I have the same feeling. And I think too much of it is dependant on Miggy. The infection you speak of starts there. It’s as though if Miggy can’t hit how can we be expected to?
JD is a power threat in our lineup. But should he play hurt? No way. We have a couple of LHB (which this team really needs) playing well in Toledo. Avery and Fields would also provide better defense.
We have a team that is not good enough to play through injuries any more than it is. Victor, Avila–these guys have to be healthy to be at all valuable.
I love Victor to death but for crying out loud—it just isn’t right to put him through this and expect the team to compensate for him.
I hear JD has a bad back. Let’s keep an eye on that and if it looks like it is going to bother him for a while the put him on the DL and change things up in this lineup.
And Perez? Really what’s the point? They seem hell bent on protecting him because of his waiver status.To what end? To have a player on the bench that rarely plays and won’t be able to do much when he does.
Is Miggy going to be his old self soon? If he doesn’t then I think we can expect the contagion to worsen.

“They always seem to be near the top in BA and OBP but there seems to be a clutch-hitting virus infecting the team”
The more guys you put on base, the more chances you have to fail, or succeed. Sunday night was irritating, but we had walk offs on Friday and Tuesday. That’s clutch hitting.
When you watch a team over the course of a season, they spend a lot of time playing around .500 baseball, so that can be agonizing. The winning streaks that define a season go by quickly with hardly enough time to enjoy them.

Boy …Anibal getting squeezed quite a bit.

Tornado warning HR

Hitting shoes on today I guess. Glad hope it continues

2 triples in a row. What a fun game to watch. Wish I was there in person.

Start the tornado alarm.

Galarraga( Andrés) and Kaline , next

My boy Miggy… he can shine.

As that king once said, “My kingdom for a horse,” or a few of those runs in some of those low-scoring games. Save some for St. Louie, boys.

I was just going to sayour that save a few boys

The TIG’s have 20 hits and Miggy has 2 HR’s, Doc Holiday is 3-5 (2B & HR), Gose 4 hits then Perez bats for Kindler in the 8th and hits into a GIDP. Is there an opportunity to trade Perez for a BP piece? I know he doesn’t get many AB’s but with Romine already on the roster they need to bring up a LHB from AAA. Good to see the bats awaken and like above posts, let’s not leave all these hits in Detroit.

And in the end, two out of three from a division rival. The Twins gave them fits last year.
That should loosen those hitters up a little.
Going into St. Louis, I’d be happy winning one game. I’d be happier if the Tigers were preparing a trap for the Cards. All streaks end and reverse themselves.

Savor the moment. A great game to watch for Tiger Fanatics. Solid pitching, hitting, defense. Kudos to all for making contributions.
1. Nicky was on base 4 times, with a tater included.
2. Anabal doesn’t implode in the fourth, and pitches a great game.
3. No letup on the Twinks; three three run innings.
Let’s go eat some bird.

Just finished watching the video re-plays. What a terrific game! Can they play all day games in St. Louie? So many heroes. Miggy, Doc, Casty, Gose, Ian, Anibal.

What a difference a day makes. Everything clicked today. Even Cespedes with his bizarre hitting approach contributed (timely sacfly).

They do need to get Cespedes on track soon! JD Mart and Nick seem to be coming around finally after 15-20 game slumps. StLouis is a great baseball city & beautiful stadium not to mention the franchise is solid. They have solid pitching and win a lot of 1-run games (extra innings too). Can the Tigers take 2 out of 3 from the Cardinals?

Aníbal Sánchez
4th QS in his last 5 outings
He has pitched 7 or more in 3 of last 4
75th in RS


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s