Father’s Day lineups: Tigers at Yankees

The Tigers are now 5-17 all-time in regular-season games at the new Yankee Stadium, but they haven’t been swept in a series there since 2009. In order to avoid this one, they’re going to need to find a way to put runs across against Masahiro Tanaka and hope that Anibal Sanchez can keep the ball in the park against a Yankees lineup that is finding the right-field seats with regularity this weekend. This always set up as the toughest matchup of the series for Detroit, and it looms even bigger now.

Nick Castellanos gets a second consecutive game off as Andrew Romine starts again. Bryan Holaday gets behind the plate for the second time this series, a surprising choice given the chemistry Sanchez and James McCann seemingly developed over the last few starts.

Apologies to those of you who tuned in to MLB Network last night’s game looking for Tigers-Yankees and found Giants-Dodgers instead. Turns out Tigers-Yankees was an alternate broadcast, so it was on the West Coast. The way the game turned out, of course, this might not have been a bad thing for you. It’s listed as the primary game today, so those of you out of market who want to tune in should be able to do so.

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

tigerhitterlogoTIGERS (career numbers against Tanaka)

  1. Rajai Davis, CF
  2. Ian Kinsler, 2B (0-for-3)
  3. Miguel Cabrera, 1B (0-for-2, walk)
  4. Victor Martinez, DH (0-for-2, sac fly)
  5. Yoenis Cespedes, LF (3-for-7, walk, K)
  6. J.D. Martinez, RF (2-for-3, 2 doubles, K)
  7. Bryan Holaday, C
  8. Andrew Romine, 3B
  9. Jose Iglesias, SS

P: Anibal Sanchez

yankeessecondarylogoYANKEES (career numbers vs. Sanchez)

  1. Brett Gardner, CF (1-for-6)
  2. Didi Gregorius, SS (2-for-4, HR, walk)
  3. Alex Rodriguez, DH (0-for-6, 2 K’s)
  4. Mark Teixeira, 1B (1-for-4, double)
  5. Brian McCann, C (9-for-35, 2 doubles, HR, 4 walks, 6 K’s)
  6. Garrett Jones, RF (2-for-12, double, 3 K’s)
  7. Chris Young, LF (2-for-16, double, 7 K’s)
  8. Stephen Drew, 2B (5-for-30, triple, 2 walks, 10 K’s)
  9. Brendan Ryan, 3B (2-for-3, K)

P: Masahiro Tanaka


I love Sanchez and hope he has a great start today. Please give him some run support guys earlier better than later. Will be at work but thinking about my Tigers!

Castellanos:217./267./328./594 GIDP: 9

Romine:.260./315/.260./575 GIDP: 0

Ausmes: “With Alex and Victor, then we have some left-handed bats that help protect you against the type of pitchers we’ve had trouble with this year — pitchers that throw double-play balls, right-handers with sinkers and sliders,” Ausmus said. “Those are the pitchers who have given us trouble with the absence of Martinez and Avila — and because they have given us trouble, we have had trouble scoring runs at times.”
C’mon Brad, this will mean less offense, more stolen bases against, more runs scored on throws home , more DPs hit into, and more BS rhetoric about improving the team.

Kisler , last 28:
226/ .286 /.310/.595

There may be 94 games left, as the team is pointing out, but they’d need to play near .600 ball the rest of the way………to win 90 games. Probably not good enough.

They were in worst ,relative, position in 2012

Sanchez last game vs the Yankees was better than Scherzer vs Yankees

Holy cow……and neither cheapies like 95% of them I’ve seen this weekend.

Shhhhh. Don’t jinx them by saying something nice. Wait until game over.

After considering the myriad fan comments from yesterday about Ausmus and listening to the Yankees broadcasters today pontificate about the lifelessness of the Tigers and how teams can personify the personality of the manager, I once again thought about potential replacements for BA. I concluded that no one but no one could put a charge into the Tigers like Ozzie. He is overloaded with passion and is an endless source of drama.

Drew was struck out but no big deal Joe West strike zone is apparently just a suggestion for you.

Blame Country Joe

Appreciate the little things Romine does. Tanaka comes out and expands the strike zone going for a quick inning, and Andrew recognizes this. He works the count, refusing to swing at balls, and forces Tanaka to come back into the strike zone,driving his pitch count up, and getting a walk in the process. Keeps the Yankees on the field and thwarts a momentum change.

Both pitchers have high pitch counts after only 3 innings. That could mean an early appearance by the bullpens.

Does Joe West have any interst in what a strike is.

Great guns, JD! We are going to get spoiled.

Have a day JD….and now Andrew.

That is a Father day gift

Time to use the BP. Or give him a couple more batters?

Stephen Drew, .184 BA with 10 HR? Amazing!

Rob Deer ? Parrish? Incaviglia?

Davis showed everyone how not to play the ball. “You just keep drifting back and then catch it without being in position to throw.” The guy is awful. That’s why he doesn’t play regularly. His athleticism is his saving grace.

Rajai DRS 2. Gose 2. He is better than Quentin Gose

Make it DRS. 1 for both. But Rajai 4 at CF /-4 in RF/ 1 in LF-

No, he is not better than Gose. Check the UZR for Davis and don’t use a small sample. At least use 1 year, such as 2014.

DRS is better. And Davis is better than the AAAA Gose

I diagree.UZR is one of the most widely used defensive statistics. It puts a run value to defense. Components include Outfield Arms, Double-Play Runs, Range Runs and Error Runs. The run values in each category are then compiled into one overall defensive score. No metric scoring system is perfect, but FanGraphs considers it among the best options. out there.

And Old Man Davis would never have gotten close to the ball Gose caught on Brantley when JV was pitching.

By the way, your use of DRZ is inappropriate as it is based only on a recent small sample size. For Davis’ most recent full year (2014), which is probabaly the minimum data base necessary for accuracy, his score was -11. That score places him in the Poor to Awful range defensively.

He is not the regular because they traded an early rookie of the year candidate for a below average hitter and DD wont acknowledge he missed badly

He is not a regular becuz he can’t throw, takes terrible routes, and drifts to balls He is a situational player and is no longer young nor in shape. Davis is valuable in certai ways, but is not a regular player.

Rod Allen said the Tigers are 22-9 with Davis.

Davis has had consistently negative UZR ratings since 2010. He grades out as a below average or poor defender. Generally, a 3-year sample is considered proof for analysis. Davis is just bad with the glove.

I was hoping Victor would spark the entire lineup, and I’m hoping that’s what we’re seeing.

Positives> 1. A quality start from Sanchez. He had 4 runs to work with from the beginning which had to help reduce the stress of thinking that he needed to pitch a shutout because the Tigers have a habit of not scoring many runs and the bullpen not holding the opposing team in close games. 2. Every starter had at least one hit except Kinsler. (Is this going to be his worst year ever?) 3. Victor showed his former self batting left-handed which was his problem before the DL stint. 4. JD came through in a huge way, 3 HR, 6 RBI. 5. Holaday and Romine contributed 4 hits.

Back from the grave. Brad must have gotten mean.
1. We score more than 1 run first.
2. We answer Yankee runs with runs.
3. We pay back for last night’s humiliations.
Kudos to all. Ian, your time is due.

Sanchez is 4-0 in the Bronx

Is JD ASG material? How about as the vote-in candidate?

I voted the allowed 35 times. And I felt like a hypocrite doing it because I believe in the idea of one person, one vote. Imagine that concept. But….I did not blindly vote for 9 KC players nor 9 Tiger players. I looked at the stats and tried to be honest and fair. I did, however vote for JD and Yoenis because their stats held their own among the candidates. JD was well above average in HRs and RBIs. His .270 at the time was at least average, and I think his defense is fine. I voted for Miguel and Jose also and I don’t feel guilty about making any of those choices. I do like Yoenis but I wish he would show more emotion. We are lucky to have him.
Regarding last night, I was (I hope) out of character in the frustrated comments I made. That game was maybe the real rock bottom for the Tiger season, as the Yankee announcers were suggesting. I was ready to see the house cleaned, starting with BA. Truth is, this team is still good enough to overcome present adversity and make a second half run. Will they? Time will soon tell but we will need to be prepared for a disappointing season. The SP absolutely has to get better because the BP is not very deep. I thought it was better early this year (what the heck was I thinking?) and had said as much, but it has reverted to its old self. Don’t see many miracles coming from there. Next couple of weeks are critical.

Did my 35 last week, Marty2. Miggy, Iggy and Yoenis.

Lets hope the Tigers are back on track. They can still make the post season if they change their ways. Marty is right the next 2 weeks are important to this club.

Ball Players know ball players: Nationals center fielder Denard Span was still marveling at Scherzer. Span faced Scherzer when they were both in the American League. He said that in 2012, his Minnesota Twins preferred facing Tigers ace Justin Verlander instead of Scherzer.

“He was like a sleeper,” Span said. “You overlooked him because of Verlander. Every time he would pitch against us, he would throw seven innings and (allow only) two runs.”

But Span said that Scherzer is even better three years later.

“I haven’t seen anything like that, not that dominating,” said Span, who has seen four major league no-hitters during his eight seasons.

“He very well could have had two (straight) no-hitters. He’s nasty. He’s perfected his craft. He knows what he wants to do. He’s our horse. I’ve never seen any other pitcher work (as hard) as he does.

“He’s working with a purpose. That’s why he’s so confident. That’s why when he strikes out guys, he has his little, I call it old Western, walk with his elbows up in the air. He just has that bulldog mentality. It’s hilarious when he gets in the zone and starts circling the mound.”

So glad I DVR’d the complete game. Congrats to Victor for that beautiful swing. He looks like he’s back! Congrats to JD for those 3 Hr’s. The Yankees will be looking real hard at him. It’s outrageous to think how hitter friendly that park is. Looks tiny on the screen. Everyone played well, so congratulations to all the Tigers today!

Will Ausmus play the winning line-up again, or the one unable to win?

Hernán Pérez, as regular with Mil:294 /.314/.382 /.697

Ian seems to be getting prone to slumps with greater frequency. It’s hard to imagine a guy who has been a very good, high claibre offensive player struggle so much.
He seems to be taking a lot of pitches. Even to the point of Strike Three. For a guy hitting ahead of Miggy that is creating a vacuum of sorts in the lineup.
If he can’t get it going in Cleveland they should consider dropping him in the lineup and elevating Iggy.
Iggy has been a soldier all year. Mired at the bottom of that lineup below Casty and the catchers he has but 9 RBIs. In my mind he deserves a chance to either lead-off (and bat Gose 2nd or bat 2nd if Rajai is leading off. Reward him and see what showing a little confidence in him might engender.
Keep in mind he hits to RF well (Kinsler does not); that he can bunt; that he can hit & run being that he is a high contact hitter. He could create additional traffic in front of the Big Boys.
Ausmus should consider this strategy once again.

It was tried and abandoned too quickly. Iggy changed his approach in the 2-hole but he didn’t have time to adjust.
Kinsler does have the ability to hit to RF but here was another case of abandonment. One mention of homeruns in the media and he immediately returned to his throne as the pop up king. Also, I think his mental mistakes and plate approach stem from too much playing time at his age. I don’t know why certain players get to play every damn day while others need rest.

Quote from Max Scherzer “I just keep getting better and better” Alex Rodriguez showed more humility. Is he a good pitcher sure is…is he a giant douche bag…sure is.

yes, those types of comments I can do without

I missed all the weekend games – glad I did on 2 of the 3. Happy Fathers Day a day late to all you Dad’s on the blog. Gotta watch the replay of VMart just to see him hit one again from the left side. We have lots of work to do boys. For any that might have said Scherzer wasn’t worth it – he is proving otherwise!! Glad he is in the NL!

Just a note for MLB account holders…Free pizza to 20,000 fans becuz of Max’s no-no. Sign in asap. They go fast, starting @ 3pm EST. Thank you to Max and Domino’s.

What, not Little Caesar’s?? What a creep! 🙂🙂🙂
Obviously joking here.

It’s legit. I got a freebie.

I was joking.

Scherzer and Tbata, Mark Simon:
“If u throw a pitch that far inside, sometimes a guy is gonna get hit by it (cc: Nationals fans) pic.twitter.com/4bvQyNb8Mn

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