Friday’s lineups: Tigers at Angels
“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.
TIGERS (career numbers off Hector Santiago)
- Rajai Davis, CF (1-for-8, HR, 3 K’s)
- Ian Kinsler, 2B (3-for-10, double, 3 walks, K)
- Miguel Cabrera, 1B (1-for-9, 2 walks, 3 K’s)
- Yoenis Cespedes, LF (4-for-11, 2 HR, 2 walks, K)
- J.D. Martinez, RF (0-for-3)
- James McCann, C
- Nick Castellanos, DH (0-for-4, 2 K’s)
- Hernan Perez, 3B (1-for-2, triple)
- Jose Iglesias, SS (1-for-4, walk)
P: Anibal Sanchez
ANGELS (career numbers off Sanchez)
- Johnny Giavotella, 2B (0-for-6, K)
- Mike Trout, CF (1-for-7, HR, 3 K’s)
- Albert Pujols, 1B (5-for-19, 2 doubles, walk, 3 K’s)
- Kole Calhoun, RF
- David Freese, 3B (2-for-6, double, K)
- Matt Joyce, DH (5-for-15, double, 2 triples, HR, 5 K’s)
- Chris Iannetta, C (1-for-12, 3 K’s)
- Kirk Nieuwenhuis, LF
- Taylor Featherston, SS
P: Hector Santiago