Sunday night lineups: Tigers at Angels

Nick Castellanos gets the night off amidst an 0-for-11 slump and a 3-for-21 road trip. Asked if it was simply a day off for Castellanos, Brad Ausmus said, “Just a game on for Romine.”

The Angels, meanwhile, get Erick Aybar back to put up against David Price. He had missed the last couple games after tweaking his hamstring Thursday night.

With a 5pm PT start, keep an eye on the shadows in the early innings. The light towers will cast a shadow around the pitching mound as the sun begins to set behind the third-base dugout, giving hitters a challenge picking up the spin on the ball. At the same time, Miguel Cabrera was having a devil of a time with the glare while playing first base in the first inning or two Thursday night, and that was a 7pm PT start.

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

tigerhitterlogoTIGERS (career numbers vs. Matt Shoemaker)

  1. Anthony Gose, CF
  2. Ian Kinsler, 2B (1-for-3, double, K)
  3. Miguel Cabrera, 1B (0-for-3)
  4. Yoenis Cespedes, LF (0-for-2, 2 K’s)
  5. J.D. Martinez, RF (0-for-3, K)
  6. Tyler Collins, DH
  7. James McCann, C
  8. Jose Iglesias, SS
  9. Andrew Romine, 3B

P: David Price

halologoANGELS (career numbers off Price)

  1. Erick Aybar, SS (6-for-23, 2 doubles, walk, K)
  2. Mike Trout, CF (2-for-9, 2 walks, 6 K’s)
  3. Albert Pujols, DH (3-for-11, 2 HR)
  4. David Freese, 3B
  5. Chris Iannetta, C (5-for-15, double, HR, 3 K’s)
  6. Kole Calhoun, RF (1-for-3, K)
  7. Grant Green, 1B (3-for-6)
  8. Alfredo Marte, LF
  9. Johnny Giavotella, 2B (0-for-3, 2 K’s)

P: Matt Shoemaker


Can you believe it? Twins in first place. No high priced ballplayers, only players eager to do well and win. Now down to business……….
It’s asking a lot for Price to pitch another shutout so can the hitters show some of the spunk that got them those 6 runs last night? Has Kinsler really come out of fantasy land with his first HR?

To be honest Joe Mauer 8 yrs @ $184 million is pretty substantial IMO.

With 10 HR, Brent Clevlen won the Home Run Derby of the Mexican Baseball League

Ozzie Guillén for ESPN:”who hits into more DP is not the bad hitter but the one with more runners on”

Shoemaker. ..5+ era 1 run. These hitters of ours are something else. Can’t muster anything against any pitcher no matter how bad they are.

Another out on the basepaths…….

Please don’t make us be on Sunday night baseball. …I can not stand these guys.

Gk…Shoemaker is a Michigander. He’s had a rough start this year, but he’s far from “bad.” Last season, he finished 16-4 with a 3.04 ERA, which earned him the runnerup spot in Rookie of the Year voting.

Ya and Sanchez was good last year and stinks this year. 5+ era this year that’s all I know.

Can we get a clutch hit, my goodness,

angel pitchers show no fear for tiger hitters….tigers keep swinging at crap for outs,
watching this game is pure torcher,,,angels gave them the tying run…
I really feel sorry for Price….earning his money this game

Who wants to listen to these has been self indulgent announcers who don’t even speak to the game in a late inning tie game

Wow. Here comes Joba. Tough to see Price leave even though he’s thrown a lot of pitches. The guy is such a tough competitor.

Nice move Brad, bringing in Joba was DUMB.

Price made his own trouble there. Joba got weak contact it found a whole.

Gotta think by now DD is wondering what went wrong . I sure never thought JOBA was going to come in either . It is another loss and they are starting to pile up. This is not the team I expected them to be . Things gotta change and real soon.

Must be freaking nice to have players who can get a clutch hit. Sorry a bunch of underachieving bums from top tp bottom.

Ausmus should be fired…4-2 Angels what a bum!

Romine’s BA is over a hundred points higher than Castellanos’ BA. Two runs behind. They need a runner on to try for a tie. A Castellanos solo HR will not tie. As I’ve been saying ……….FIRE Ausmus.

Ouch, that hurt. Tigers sure gave the Angels fans something to celebrate. Now the Tigers need to figure out how to fix themselves.

If I ever see another impotent slider out of Joba’s hands again it will be too soon.
This guy will never learn and yeas I am fully aware of his ERA

Is price going to get any criticism for the 1st. Batter walking or the single? Ausmus for letting him even go out there in the 8th? Hitters for stranding another 8 billion runners in scoring position?

I’m out of comments….what a awful team and manager.

Ugh ugh ugh.

David Price won’t stay long time with the Tigers. He see’s the future of this team and will be moving on. such a class act; a true team player who didn’t deserve to lose tonight. No progression forward from last night’s offensive “explosion”. Another great five hits and our standard two runs. Seeing the middle of our order fail to get one big hit is becoming truly nauseating. Granted, Price got himself in trouble, but I would never have brought Joba in, and the pitch wasn’t that bad. This is a prime example of what has happened in the game of baseball. Had it been the seventh in the same situation, Joba would not be in the game. I suppose his pitches move better in the 8th. Who should have come in? Your best bull pen pitcher, Soria. But that’s not baseball, because he is our closer. And heaven forbid, we redefine the role, by bringing someone in for the wrong inning. The game has gone mad. My friends, this is an old, worn out team, with less fizz than a mountain dew. I still know and realize that we have major players out, but so does every team. The only thing that surprised me was that Brad used the big bat of Nick to PH rather than Hernan. These last four torture sessions have really gotten to me. Maybe it’s time to replace the Ivy League Kid with Rod Brown. There would be enough hot air to blow a lot of flies over the fence. Somebody, please write a word of encouragement.
1. The Romine defense at third.
2. The Cespedes catch in foul territory; too bad he didn’t bring his bat.
3. Miggy’s alert baserunning to score from second on the Angels blunder.

A word of encouragement? Okay, look around baseball, watch some teams other than the Tigers, and you’ll see the same issues with nearly all of them. The game isn’t played on a very high level anymore. The Tigers aren’t alone.

“We’ve been concerned for a while about scoring runs,” Ausmus said about the offense. “I’m a little worried about it right now.”

Of just 7 IR , Joba has allowed 3 to score. The team had an AL best of 20 % before last night
Iglesias lying in the field did not help him for sure
Joba has pitched mostly with a clean slate to diminish the damage he can do

Collins against RHP for a while, he could be the real deal

It was the 8 inning. Soria, had twice TJ, has pitched for 4 outs twice this year and was well rested. There are no excuses for not having Soria there
Joba appearances low leverage or medium leverage situations 7./high 10
8/3 IRS I forgot the bases were loaded.

anthony fenech ‏@anthonyfenech · 8h8 hours ago
The Tigers’ clubhouse was, in two words, very frustrated after the game

Hey Greg, a word of encouragement is motivation. So let’s get fired up! Another boring manager. We miss a good left handed swinger. Brad, why are you so stubborn? We told you to bat Iggy in the lead off spot. I am not giving uo. Go Tigers!

AUSBOT 3000 needs to go! Team is a reflection of the managers personality. Which is no personality. Very stale feeling. They still have no identity after almost 50 games. This team with so much talent is so mediocre. The chef doesn’t know how to make a fine meal out of the great ingredients provided to him. Time for a new chef.

This is a team that is beginning to look like an infection spreading. Hopefully they can find an antibiotic that is not immune.
Things will get much worse than this if this is not stopped and stopped quickly.
Brad taking heat is to be expected. After all, he is the manager of a pretty good nucleus of players who happen to be playing pretty badly.
Will be interesting to see who goes when “Bruce Almighty” is called up—and he will be called up.
Joba is a roster fill-in. A blue-light special that coupon- clipping DD used to appear savvy. A mistake. AlAl is a fun guy to watch but his slider is NOWHERE nearly as lethal as it used to be. Both he and Joba are too predictable.
ALAl proabably has trade value-I doubt Joba has much of that as no one was very interested other than DD.

Half Full or Half Empty?
We are only 3 1/2 games out.

Unfortunately that is 3 1/2 out of both first AND last place in the division.

I don’t know, I just can’t get all over Joba for his effort – he got 2 infield ground balls, one that was well placed and Price left the game with all those runners on. Our baserunning for the most part has not been helping us – lots of picks off and thrown outs. I get being aggressive when you aren’t scoring, but we also need to keep the guys on base that got there. Overall a tough team to watch right now and I have a hard time even reading the blog when I get disgusted because I don’t want to get too worked up. I can imagine the clubhouse and ride home might have been interesting, they might need someone to shake them up a bit. Gotta find those bats boys.

Games out of first are mostly on the lost column. Minne and KC have played less games; Five games in the lost column becomes a little more urgent.

They aren’t going to fire Ausmus, okay? A different manager won’t suddenly cause Gose to quit hitting balls in the air and striking out, wouldn’t convince Kinsler to stop pulling everything, would not suddenly provide better pitches for Miggy to hit, and wouldn’t bring back Victor any sooner.
It will take 90 to 93 wins to take the division, however you get there, and will take four months any way you look at it.
Take that LA series to the nearest bathroom and flush it.

APATHY. ……….that’s just how I feel right now towards this “team “. Apathy

Here, the talk of the day among fans was Miguel showing his frustration with the team.(After Gose SO, 30 % SO rate)
Price throwing the glass of water was pointed out too
The team is boiling up.
I understand why Texas was so willing to get rid themselves of Kinsler. And the Jays won the trade no matter what Travis does

I, for one am not giving up the “Gose”. I think he has a decent chance of being a more than decent ballplayer. I do believe he needs to think more like Henderson than Granderson though (on the base paths).
I get what yu are saying about Joba’s actual two pitches and results Tiger Girl. I just personally don’t believe in Joba in the long run. I don’t think batters are fooled by his predictable (in terms of frequency and movement) slider any longer.
He is in danger of being hit by anyone with a bat in his hands. And the hangers are always around the corner waiting to rear their ugly heads. I don’t think his teammates get all too comfortable in tight games when he is in either.
The bullpen has decent numbers but a lot of that is illusory. Joba for example. Nesbitt is pretty much topped out as being a pretty ordinary type option. Gorzo is undependable and a Phil Coke redux in terms of getting out lefties. Hardy amazes me his ability so far to be a pretty good pitcher. He is not overpowering, doesn’t have great stuff, not deceptive but largely he has been pretty dependable. AlAl is not going to get better and will always be a problem when it comes to command. His devastating slider is MIA. Wilson looks like a trooper and a hard worker. Room for Krol and Rondon will eventually have an impact on this pen but knowing DD he will wait untill the appropriate arm-side counterpart has pooped the bed so many times that it has affected the W/L record too much. As it is, this is not a “comfortable” bullpen in my opinion.
Ausmus is not a brilliant manager, nor is he so dense as to be an obstacle in himself. Sure, he is not totally to blame for the lethargy that has taken over this lineup but he is culpable. If things continue it would not be the first time a manager has been sacrificed to attempt instill a transformation in a slumping ball club.

ElTigre…I saw Miggy throw up his hands and a nearby Cespedes also demonstrate frustration, which I thought was good because it showed passion. However, that stuff occured after a hard hit liner to LF was caught. In no way did it appear denigrating to Gose in my estimation.

Some fans here did not like what he did, because for them he was showing up his teammates, especially the young ones meaning Gose in this particular case after the SO

I guess I didn’t see that. I can now understand your comment/feelings a little better now.

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