Wednesday’s lineups: Tigers vs. Pirates

As the trading month begins, it’s worth remembering that today also marks the 70th anniversary of the Tigers’ biggest midseason addition ever. On July 1, 1945, Hank Greenberg returned from World War II — just over two weeks after being officially discharged — and homered in his first game back to help beat the Philadelphia A’s at Briggs Stadium. After four years serving his country, Greenberg batted .311 with 13 homers, 60 RBIs and a .948 OPS in 78 games, and the Tigers went on to win the World Series.

As for tonight, Rajai Davis gets the matchup start in center against A.J. Burnett. His 6-for-13 career numbers include a 2-for-4 performance in Pittsburgh back in April.

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

tigerhitterlogoTIGERS (career numbers off A.J. Burnett)

  1. Rajai Davis, CF (6-for-13, 2 doubles, triple)
  2. Ian Kinsler, 2B (5-for-29, HR, walk, 7 K’s)
  3. Miguel Cabrera, 1B (6-for-28, 2 doubles, HR, walk, 4 K’s)
  4. Victor Martinez, DH (8-for-29, 2 doubles, 2 HR, 7 walks, 4 K’s)
  5. Yoenis Cespedes, LF (1-for-3, double, K)
  6. J.D. Martinez, RF (1-for-13, 3 K’s)
  7. Nick Castellanos, 3B (1-for-3, K)
  8. James McCann, C
  9. Jose Iglesias, SS (1-for-2, walk)

P: Alfredo Simon

pirateslogo2PIRATES (career numbers off Simon)

  1. Josh Harrison, 3B (4-for-16, double, 3 K’s)
  2. Neil Walker, 2B (4-for-20, HR, 2 walks, 4 K’s)
  3. Andrew McCutchen, CF (6-for-22, HR, 5 walks, 5 K’s)
  4. Starling Marte, LF (6-for-23, double, walk, 3 K’s)
  5. Pedro Alvarez, DH (1-for-13, double, 3 walks, K)
  6. Francisco Cervelli, C (0-for-6, K)
  7. Gregory Polanco, RF (1-for-6, walk)
  8. Jordy Mercer, SS (3-for-17, HR, walk, 3 K’s)
  9. Sean Rodriguez, 1B (4-for-9, 2 doubles, K)

P: A.J. Burnett

56 Comments

In my best George Kell accent, “we might be gonna have uh pitchin’ duel.”

I hope Simon can figure out what’s been wrong.
Ausmus is a stubborn guy. Though can’t balme him for leading off with Rajai, at least it is not Gose, but I can only see upside with getting Iglesias at the top of the order. The guy is starting to wither at the 9 spot. I can see it happening. He is an exciting player that deserves the chance to excite. A top of the order assignment might just do that and possible ignite the lineup. As far away from the Royals as we are–that might be a damn good idea.
And yes, Gose does need to be playing in CF. Rajai is just not adept enough to handle that role any longer than a game or an inning or two.
An option might be to send Gose down and give Avery a shot. The guy can get on base. He will work a walk and is hitting over .300. He is not on the 40 man roster.
Gose needs a wake up call. That could simply be accomplished by batting him 9th but Brad seems pretty obstinant about that idea

Can’t wait to see how bad ass AJ Burnett handles Victor today.

Um, I thought for sure Bryan Holoday would get the start tonight behind the dish. I guess McCann’s knees are young enough to catch the night after a 13 inning game.

I think bryan should be catching today too. I guess they are going to play McCannon
until Avila shows and then expect James to take a Holaday himself.

One thing for sure James will get a real workout with Simon pitching.
His biggest problem will be stayng awake cause the Pasta can put his fielders to sleep

So pretty much the consensus is that McCann hit a HR last night? I have watched the replays but it is hard to tell. Is this another case of protecting an umpires call?

Yes

Oh oh. Is Simon coming apart?

He never had it together.
Time to put Simon in the pen (the Reds did it last year) and find a real starter.
Simon puts me to sleep.

Problem is Farmer is their only option. Very poor farm

Batting practice fastballs by Simon. Forget the bullpen just trade him.

We’re at the game…our pitchers giving up runs like crazy and Alfredo giving up a ton of hits…Pirates have 10 hits and 5 runs and we’re not through 3. Oh ya 2 errors. Good times.

You can read Miggy’s mind: “What’s the point?”

?????

Can’t pitch and can’t get timely hits to save their lives.

Oh man–I feel for you GK. These are the kinds of games that keep me from travelling to see them (and I used to every year) in Seattle.
Pasta Man’s WHIP today so far is 3.33
There is really something wrong with this team. I think Leyland’s declaration that there is “no such thing as chemistry” has finally been put to rest as a fact.
Obviously there is such a thing as chemistry and obviously if you have it you have a baseball team that resides in Missouri and if you don’t have it you are from the lower peninsula in Michigan.

Miggy’s effort on Iggy’s throw GK. I think it was not a max effort. (Heresy I know)
He also looked a bit disinterested in his last at bat.
But how can he be blamed? The guy is a wonderful ball player stuck in a pitcher’s ball park and a front office that does not know how to construct a balanced team with (here it comes again), chemistry.
We are witnessing a team that has folded today and worse, perhaps for the season.
They have reduced themselves to playing a team sport individually.

The only chance for Detroit fans is DD getting very radical after the All Star break

Simon may have to go 6 innings unless the roof caves in. The bullpen was used a lot last night. Can the Tigers come back for the 3rd game in a row? I am doubting it.

Pittsburgh not a very prolific hitting team….13 hits 5 runs through 5. Can you even imagine what Toronto is going to do this weekend. Gonna be ugly folks.

I said this home stand would determine buy or sell. Kindler looked like he could care less on his last AB. I stand amazed that Jordy Nelson has two hits and Kinsler has none. The blasé efforts are nauseating. Burnett is a good pitcher but shouldn’t dominate this line up. Agree with GK; Toronto series will be ugly

I hope you saw that great catch by JD parlayed into a double-play, gk. One bright spot in the game.

I did ……the most interesting/disturbing thing is watching the couple in front of consume endless amounts of beer. Up to 14

by now, there should be multiple trips to the bathrooms.

@Dan. “DD getting very radical” Who would you want? What would you have to give up to get him? Who can DD offer?
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Don’t misunderstand me. I agree with you. I just think in some ways he is stuck with a team he put together and is now under-achieving. To me this means Ausmule.

Oh, Iggy. Bunting when you are 4 runs behind. Whose idea was that?

The worst play ever, 2-6 bunting…

The best game caller in MLB or the best all glove no stick CF could net a huge return

Thank you Joba, well done as usual. NOT

One SP, two BP arms and one of LH CF or LH Batting 3B

Why, why, why does Ausmus keep putting Joba in?

Rather have him pitching today than any other. Save the good pitchers for tomorrow. With Ryan, they will need the BP again.DD better calls someone for next Friday

I had enough. ..screw ’em. Will not pay for 1 more ticket……I’m not even sure I’d go if I was given free tickets. Losers…..pitching sucks but the hitting is equally pathetic I don’t care what the batting averages say.

Hit the first guy to stand there

Tell us what you really think, GK.

Baseball is entertainment …..there isn’t one thing entertaining about this bunch.
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Dan and Jim said coming into this series Pirates were averaging 3 runs a game and had something like 4 homers over their last 20. I’d have to double check that

It has been a rough 2 nights of baseball. I am hoping since the sun will finally shine starting tomorrow, so will our Tigers. They are due for a good run.

With Toronto coming to town, I see a 7-game losing streak. Will that be enough to remove the manager, the pitching coach, the batting coach, and the bench coach?

No DD is not going to admit to making a mistake when Ausmus was hired. They are going to finish the year out as is. Feel sorry for the fans that already purchased tickets.

Making the most of his last games before being benched for the rest of the season, to allow the best caller in the game to K looking and kill rallies

Since that team meeting in New York, the Tigers had won 5 of 7 coming into this series. Slammed into a wall here. Team meetings are suggested quite often so I thought I’d mention it. If they were to win tomorrow, that would be .600 ball post-meeting.

Think back to spring training, back before the 11-2 start. The general consensus was that we didn’t know what kind of team we had. Now we do.
As constructed, this club’s only strength is defense.

I wasn’t sure of pitching. …I thought hitting would be pretty good. ….

Just like the 2015 Yankees. Both discovering that defense is over rated

I would have thought that 2-6 would be the best in baseball. This group cannot hit an above average righty. Miggy is in a rut because there’s nobody on base for a lot of his recent AB’s. Kinsler is horrible right now, and his frustration(immaturity) really showed on his last AB. Joba’s ERA is finally reflective of how he has pitched this year. I would almost rather be a seller this year, than totally empty an already thin group of MLB prospects. We are grasping for straws right now. Just flat out, embarrassing, ugly, poorly executed, and dull baseball coming from our guys right now.
1. Hardy/ Dependable.
2. Julio/great game is all facets of the game.
3. Joba only gave up three Homers.

hah, only

Could all Tiger BP pitchers be so bad???The only two with any credibility are Wilson and Hardy…Soria has his days….I just finished watching the Astros win over
KC…Gregerson(mispelled) came in with a one run lead and literally and calmly
shut the door in the 9th….nothing is calm about Tiger pitching…Is it our pitching
staff or the pitching coach? Or both? Houston is for real, they’ve got
it all together….it was a joy watching this team(also) KC…both well organized.
Is it Ausmus’s personality this team inherited? It shows.

Before the season started, the only people who said the bullpen was weak was….everybody. And as tempting as it is to think a change of coaches or manager would make a big difference, the players are who they are, be that good or bad.

Hoggs :In Joba’s last six outings, the opponents are hitting .478/.520/1.130, which is a 1.650 OPS. He’s frustrated, but not discouraged
And Ausmus believes his stuff is encouraging…..
Me? speechless

Ausmus on Iglesias’ bunting in 7th: “That was on his own.”
And he allowed him to try twice. After the first attempt you order the 3B coach to go there and tell him how the game is supposed to be played
A bad throw plus the rushed throw with Cervelli running the night before. I would like to see Romine today at SS not at 3B

Nice wide strike zone for Liriano…….

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