Friday’s lineups: Tigers at Angels

Nick Castellanos gets a night at the designated hitter spot, a move Brad Ausmus said allowed him to get Hernan Perez another start at third base.

“I wanted to put Perez at third,” Ausmus said.

The move gives the Tigers another right-handed bat against Hector Santiago, who has a .246 (33-for-134) batting average allowed from the right side with five home runs, compared with .176 (12-for-68) and one homer from lefties. Perez, meanwhile, has faced Santiago previously, going 1-for-2 with a triple.

Tonight’s Angels lineup sets up an opportunity at a rebound for Anibal Sanchez, who has had a lot of favorable numbers aside from Matt Joyce. But he has had this in past starts, and hasn’t fared well.

I sent in this for our game preview last night: If you’re looking for a pitch that’s making a huge difference for Sanchez, the numbers suggest the changeup. Opponents have hit his changeup for a .578 slugging percentage this year, according to STATS, compared with .320 last season. The scouting report this year, according to some, has been to lay off his fastball and go at the offspeed, though the BABIP and slugging off his fastball is up as well (not as dramatically, though). They’re chasing his fastball out of the strike zone less, and getting more quality swings when they do.

tigerroarlogoTIGERS (career numbers off Hector Santiago)

  1. Rajai Davis, CF (1-for-8, HR, 3 K’s)
  2. Ian Kinsler, 2B (3-for-10, double, 3 walks, K)
  3. Miguel Cabrera, 1B (1-for-9, 2 walks, 3 K’s)
  4. Yoenis Cespedes, LF (4-for-11, 2 HR, 2 walks, K)
  5. J.D. Martinez, RF (0-for-3)
  6. James McCann, C
  7. Nick Castellanos, DH (0-for-4, 2 K’s)
  8. Hernan Perez, 3B (1-for-2, triple)
  9. Jose Iglesias, SS (1-for-4, walk)

P: Anibal Sanchez

angelssecondarylogoANGELS (career numbers off Sanchez)

  1. Johnny Giavotella, 2B (0-for-6, K)
  2. Mike Trout, CF (1-for-7, HR, 3 K’s)
  3. Albert Pujols, 1B (5-for-19, 2 doubles, walk, 3 K’s)
  4. Kole Calhoun, RF
  5. David Freese, 3B (2-for-6, double, K)
  6. Matt Joyce, DH (5-for-15, double, 2 triples, HR, 5 K’s)
  7. Chris Iannetta, C (1-for-12, 3 K’s)
  8. Kirk Nieuwenhuis, LF
  9. Taylor Featherston, SS

P: Hector Santiago


The other thing it offers is an automatic out

Ouch! Rondon is not ready for the bigs just yet. He gave up Double, Single, Single Sac Fly and blew a 4-2 lead in just 2/3 innings. Mudhens are down 5-4 in the 8th with only 4 hits a Hessman Slam.

What’s the knock on Hessman that he never got much MLB time? He has some sweet MiLB power numbers. Blocked?

SO a ton with The Tigers . He was DFA and SO a ton with another team and eventually went to Japan.
He played in Venezuela last season for Guillén´s team and he was unable to hit He went to Mexico, same fate
He is a windmill and the AAA career player poster child

I believe he was always blocked at the MLB level. He’s the all-time HR leader (417 HR) in MiLB.

Toledo lost 5-4 to Indy, Rondon BS,2, 1-1 and a hefty 10.80 ERA. Jason tweeted velocity was down and a factor.

Velocity jumped after 3 straight hits. Command was spotty at best.

is the ghost of Charlie Finley the new owner of Halos ?

Please not another night of boring Detroit Tiger baseball.

I saw nothing from Sanchez that first inning that indicates he is not going to get tatered tonight.

I can’t believe the Angel’s BA’s. Three below .200 and one below .100. Yet they are at 24-24. Am I wrong to assume that means many of their hits actually count for something?

Guess we are going from not hitting much to not getting a hit!

The West division is a low scoring enviroment outside Arlington

Sanchez gets his gidp and Ian Kinsler boots it..

The worst time for an error.

Ps. Kinsler your not hitting well enough to make up for that incredibly stupid error.

He gave the team 5 outs

Anibal should. Not have given Joyce anything to hit on 0-2 anyway

We got pretty lucky that inning

Kinsler’s head is just not into baseball. No hitting, poor fielding. The Tigers could very easily lose this game 1-0.

It certainly is mystifying how everybody on this offender seems bewildered.
I mentioned earlier about trading Davis while he still has some value

Why? He was in scoring position and there was an out

Excellent. …..finally get a runner in scoring position and ya get caught stealing.

It was dumb alright

Dreaded 6th inning

Congrats to one of Detroit’s favorites, Stevie Y’s team is headed to the Stanley Cup playoffs.
Ok Albert, enough with the home runs.

Somebody please explain the difference between a “stent” and a “stint” to BOTH Mario & Rod.

Well 1 run was probably too much to overcome 2 runs is out of reach.

Casty is so very frustrating. If yoa are gonna swing at the 1st pitch then hit it!
Invariably he fouls it off, and if ther are RISP he will proceed to watch a fastball for called strike three
He might benefit from a little humble pie in Toledo

I guess Rod & Mario never needed a stent for a kidney stone….they would know the difference then.

Middle of 7the ….again nobody can get the clutch hit. #losers #goingtosleep #wasteoftime

No Gose?

Anibal Sanchez: my favorite pitcher delivers.

Houston Street please give it up.

I’ve said it before but why on earth does Cespedes not swing at much of anything above the knees?

Are they defining their 2015 season right here, right now at Anahiem Stadium?

What’s the use? On MLB.TV they were showing some of highlights from games past….That certainly didn’t inspire the team any…..The whole team needs a week in Toledo. Exchange teams for a week…..

Lots of our present Tigers run pretty well and have nice gloves, but don’t have much ability to produce runs. They should, however, be able to manufacture something with a speed game.

Season defined! Major embarrassment continues. Compare the payroll to the hits per game and this team is in a deep hole. Major league hitters on and on, coming to the plate, and nothing happens. To continue to run Perez out there is mindboggling. Cannot understand the logic of the hitting approach; sometimes you can swing on the first pitch, especially if it’s a meat ball. But for goodness sake, when yo are trying to extend or start a rally, let one go by, Rags, in his last AB, bailed himself out with a single, but swung at balls 3 and 4 prior to the hit. By the time the weekend is over, we will barely be over .500. I buy into the idea that this can’t go on, but sloppy, undisciplined approaches to the plate can extend the torture longer than should be.
1. Sanchez was fine tonight. He didn’t lose the game for us.
2. Igloo’s defensive acumen leaves one speechless.
3. JMac’s peg to second to get Trout.
Some one needs to step forward and lead this toothless bunch of cats back to respectability. Hey, I’ve said all along that the Victor absence has had an effect on these guys.Get him back ASAP, and let him swing righty only until fully 100%. One more righty batter makes no difference. We can’t hit the leftys either.

Since runs are neither being produced nor manufactured , I thought I’d rub salt into our wounds. Fielder has 10 HRs, 38 RBIs and a .364 BA. Peralta has 7 HRs, 26 RBIs and a .311 BA. And then there’s Garcia and Hunter…

When Tigers had those guys, everyone complained about the defense. Same salt, different sounds.

Anyway, this stretch of non-production makes all the complaining about Miggy and our Tigers after scoring 8 runs in a loss take on an entirely different perspective. Or for that matter, after any other game when the Tigers scored some runs and lost.

Glad I went to bed. Waste of time…..

IMHO, it is time to shake up the batting order. What have you got to lose Brad? Iggy should be leading off. Put Miggy at clean up. Oh, you say he needs more at bats and should be up in the first inning? How about McCann 2nd and put Kinsler in the 9th slot. Not on the computer as much these days but I will never give up on my Tigers! Jason, have enjoy this blog since 2006. Go Tigers! It is a long season! –Dave

Excellent game by Sanchez which in the long run is much more important than a temporary team-wide scoring slump. One ill-advised changeup to Pujols and the Kinsler error.
Cespedes and Nick have blind spots for down and away breaking balls. You can predict with some certainty how a particular AB will end with those two. Cespedes is who he is but Nick could use some work, perhaps in another locale. Kinsler is back to dropping his back shoulder.
About ten days ago, I projected a split with Houston, winning two of three in Oakland, and hoping to win one game in Anaheim. I’m still hoping for that last one. It’s a pleasant surprise that we never drew the Angels in the postseason. Anyway, we’re not going back there this year……….unless it’s in the postseason.

Sunday Aug 13, 1972, the Tigers had lost 4 in row scoring 3 runs in the 4 games. Billy Martin had his players pull the batting order out of a hat. Eddie Brinkman batted cleanup and Norm Cash was the lead off hitter. They didn’t score a ton that game but they won 3-2 and scored 49 runs in their next 7 games. Sometimes you need to do something unorthodox to loosen up the players and get back on track.

Don’t like playing in Comerica? Spend a weekend at the Big A and see how friendly Comerica’s confines can become.

If we are only going to get one crappy victory this series, hanging a loss on Weaver would be at least somewhat satisfying.
As to a lineup. That is not a bad idea with Iggy up in the lineup. I’d bat him ahead of Gose so that you can spread out the Defense if he gets on. Not sure how Gose would handle batting 2nd but he could be threat there if Iggy is successful.
I’d let Miggy stay batting 3rd though to see how the above experiment pans out in terms of getting men on. If he continues to not hit with men on then we have a real problem on our hands.
Kinsler does need to be demoted in the lineup. I think that is about as crystal clear as can be.
Cespedes (though I have no real reason for knowing this) seems to be distracted.
Casty is the epitome of undisciplined stubborness. JD at least looks like he has some intensity and determination.
Rajai should simply be a 4th OFer. I was shocked he hit Street last night. I fear we are going to see his average below .250 very soon. Poor base-running and poor defense can’t be supported if he hits much less than he is now.
Let’s see what Boy”Hood” has for us on the mound today.

“Kinsler totally lost right now. Meanwhile, down in Texas, Prince is ….”

Price is hitting singles and some HR at one of the most HR friedly park in MLB. He accepted to be DH more and his rrefense reamin the worst.
But as I said before Kinselr new approach, fail. And his mind is not in the game

last 15 games:038 .138 .077

Fielder is .364 with 10 HRs and 38 RBIs.

Fielder has 6 HRs, 27 RBIs and a .#%! BA at HOME. He has $ HRs, 11 RBIs and a .381 BA AWAY.

Let me try again. 6 HRs, 27 RBIs and .351 AWAY. 4 HRs, 11 RBIs and.381 at HOME.

4 HR in 84 AB at home 6 in 114 AB away.Slighty better avg and OPS at home
We dont need another DH . He was a liability at 1B. He wanted to be out of Detrotit because, unlike JD or Miguel, he cant hit the ball over the RF fence.
The libel against Avisail is nothing but an excuse for him .The first guy to make the false claim is the same guy who said Fielder belongs to teh HoF but Miguel no. The only way Fielder gets into the HoF if he buys a ticket. And then was backed by an excon
Detroit problems began when DD was forced to sign Fielder

I´m a great fan of Fielder, Cecil Fielder that is. Since the time he played against my team in Venezuela. He was that good, JR ? not that much

The logical choice for any Detroit win in this series is the Price start tomorrow, but who knows in baseball? If the Tigers won the final two it would be a major story.
Jeez, if the players themselves thought it impossible to win there even half as much as I do, they’re doomed. Good thing I’m not one of them. 🙂
After tonight, only two more 10 pm EDT starts this season.

Time for Miggy to start living up to his laurels. He nowhere to be found on the MLB leader boards. I know it is sacreligious to say but facts are facts. With his talent that should not be the case.
The more I think about the suggestion to drop Kinsler out of the #2 slot the more sense it makes to me. Even from his perspective.
Lets get Collins in there tonight.
Romine too. Play him at 3rd and sit the ineffective Castellanos.

Tiger website has an article on Adam Jones or Cespedes for ASG. Are they kidding?

Dan, in the American League, Miggy is 1st in OBP, 3rd in OPS, 4th in BA, 4th in SLG, 7th in RBI and 7th in HRs. His BA with RISP is .313

By comparison, Fielder is 1st in BA, 1st in RBIs, 4th in OBP, 4th in OPS, 5th in SLG, and 10th in HRs. His BA with RISP is .457.

I stand corrected. I was looking at MLB stats and only the traditional ones that are listed on the MLB site.
To me, I am looking at top 5. Which is where a player the calibre of Miggy should be.
I admit I am (and we are) quite spoiled with the kinds of years he has given us.
I am really hoping he surprises us al with indisputable numbers once again and that we are not seeing the tip of a decline.


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