First post-Cabrera lineup: Tigers vs. Jays

The first start at first base with Miguel Cabrera goes to former University of Alabama first baseman Alex Avila, who has played two games at first this year but has never started there in his Major League career. From there, Brad Ausmus said they’re going to play it by ear for now. Avila isn’t an everyday option regardless, especially with his own injury concerns coming off his left knee injury. Jefry Marte can play at first base, but has primarily been a third baseman in his pro career. Andrew Romine can play there, of course.

One player who is not an option there is Victor Martinez.

“I would be concerned about putting Victor at first and then losing him for an extended period of time,” Brad Ausmus said. “So Victor, in my mind, is not an option.”

For now, Ausmus is sticking with the intent of his reshuffled batting order, stacking his most proven hitters at the top. Victor and J.D. Martinez move up a spot with Cabrera out, with Avila batting fifth.

The Jays lineup includes former Twins third baseman turned journeyman utility player Danny Valencia, who’s 12-for-17 lifetime off David Price.

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tigerslogoTIGERS (career numbers off R.A. Dickey)

  1. Ian Kinsler, 2B (4-for-13, 2 HR, walk)
  2. Yoenis Cespedes, LF (4-for-19, double, triple, HR, 6 K’s)
  3. Victor Martinez, DH (3-for-13, double, 3 walks, 3 K’s)
  4. J.D. Martinez, RF (2-for-6, double, K)
  5. Alex Avila, 1B (4-for-12, double, walk, 3 K’s)
  6. Nick Castellanos, 3B (1-for-4, 2 walks, K)
  7. James McCann, C
  8. Josh Wilson, SS
  9. Anthony Gose, CF

P: David Price

jayscanadalogoBLUE JAYS (career numbers against Price)

  1. Jose Reyes, SS (2-for-12, 3 K’s)
  2. Josh Donaldson, 3B (2-for-6, 2 doubles, K)
  3. Jose Bautista, RF (15-for-47, 2 doubles, 5 HR, 6 walks, 10 K’s)
  4. Edwin Encarnacion, DH (8-for-36, 3 HR, 3 walks, 8 K’s)
  5. Danny Valencia, LF (12-for-17, 3 doubles, 4 walks, K)
  6. Russell Martin, C (4-for-19, 4 walks, 6 K’s)
  7. Chris Colabello, 1B (1-for-7, HR, 2 K’s)
  8. Kevin Pillar, CF
  9. Devon Travis, 2B

P: R.A. Dickey


I was just thinking the other day how grim things would look if the Tigers lost Miggy.
Surprised the y didn’t call up Lennerton. They need a LHB and he is a quality 1st sacker.
Playing Avila there make little sense. He is NOT a 1st basemen and he is not a quality LHB.
Romine or Wilson do not provide the needed pop.
One can sense something like Ryan Howard, Adam Lind or such.
They should have had Dean Green playing more at first for the Wolves. He is a good hitter, a LHB and a first baseman. But he has played only a handful of games there this year.
Wierd–both JV and Miggy end up on the DL for the 1st time in their careers in 2015.
Back to Avila, the whole premise of him coming back after his DL stint was ostensibly for his game -calling and now they are willing to convert him to 1st?

Same with Lennerton.
Green is injured too

Yes, they certainly have a lot of unwarranted faith in batting Avila 5th with his .194 BA. Time for him to show up. I have more faith in McCann.

The whole Avila thing is utter nonsense. He will not hit his weight this year IF he even hits .200

I would assume moves are coming. It makes no sense to use Avila as the everyday firstbaseman. What they really need to do is get a good idea of how long Miggy is out. If it’s a true grade 3, he’s gone for the year.

I read 3-4 months recovery time ……why would the say 6 weeks which is still an eternity?

Sounds like they are really hoping for the best with Miggys injury. Rich is right his season might be done . However you never know when he could show up in the lineup. Two years ago Miggy could barely walk but played .

The Tigers are about to enter a new dimension when they become sellers in the not too distant future. The organization should be able to acquire some decent young talent for the likes of FAs-to-be Price, Cespedes, Avila, Soria and Davis. Heck, probably no one will be safe with the closure of the club’s window of opportunity.

around 40 games out

a dead week thanks to the ASG

If there is any silver lining in Miggy’s DL tenure, moving VMart batting 3rd is getting the other guys a lot of pitches to see in the 1st inning and working Dickey’s pitch count up early. It stinks to see one of the “best” in baseball hurt on such a fluke play.

That figures, VMart works a 12 pitch count, Avila grounds out on 2nd pitch. Al package your son to the Marlins in a trade for a pitcher! So much high hopes for Avila when he came to MLB and decent 1st year but nothing much offense since then.

Who is going to protect JD? Sooner or later he won’t be seeing too much to hit.

Thrown Out On The Basepaths Like A Nincompoop
Victor is LH: if he steals, no shift. If he does not, the 1B must be near 1B opening a gap.

I assumed that was a hit and run gone bad.

Ian being Ian

Regarding, JD. It was the right call. Preventing the DP, keeping the inning alive


Running into outs all over the place today….

So far, I’m thoroughly enjoying it.

Gidp…..gidp…..tiger’s specialty. Doesn’t matter who fast Guys slow guys hard hit softly hit.

Guess the new kid…..ain’t all that.

The first hit , probably, was inside Iglesias´s range

Traveling up north I was listening on the radio

Nice game to watch. Had enough thrills last night.

Very bummed about Miggy. Hard to see my favorite Tiger hurt.
Just saw the Avila catch on replay, wow!
What a great way to celebrate the 4th, our guys won the game. I’ll bet the Jays weren’t expecting this.

Kinsler and Iglesias, joking or real?

Joking or real about what?


Iglesias went to celbrate the W and Kinnsler looked upset with him

Really appreciate your blog.

Kinsler and Inglesia seed to have a confrontation after the game today.

Sent from my iPhone


Well, I just came too from my temporary coma. We did take two, and 1.5 was without Miggy. When it rains it pours. If we sweep tomorrow, and that’s a huge if, we will win the central. I don’t know how, but it will happen. My most optimistic return for Miggy would be Labor Day.Need a lot og gut checking and gut wrenching perfomances from these multi million dollar stars. Seeing JV for the third time goes along way in what lies ahead. All I know is this team did very well today; hate that Josh had a double error play. The new BP guy got a greeting to the Majors, but he does appear to have some decent stuff. Brad also might have awakened to the necessity of keeping Gose at the bottom. Price is a true horse, in the mold of Jack Morris. Give him the ball, and let it rip. What happens will happen. I think Pasta and Mr. Green Jeans often tried to be too cutesy instead of attacking the plate. Hopefully, they can regain April Magic once again:
1. Every starter gets a hit.
2. Ian is resuming his role as a team leader and necessary contributor.
3. Al pitched a very clean inning.
Kudos to Julio who simply has a neat stroke right now. Also to Cespedes, Price, and Avila for the nice defensive plays. Might as well give Kudos to Nick, whose stroke continues to improve. As my hero villain Hawk would say, Put it on the blog. Well it’s here one more time. We sweep tomorrow, we win the Central. Trump has nothing on me except a few billion dollars.

Worth noting: Castellanos is hitting .343 since sitting out some games and has been avoiding that prison yard spotlight.

Hey Tiger fans, have you noticed they(THE TIGERS) play as a team w/o Miggy….
I like JOsh in the lineup on occassion, he’s refreshing to watch(even with that miscue….he gets
wood on the ball….makes contact. as far as Avila…made a great catch going into the stands….he may surprise you….We’ll see…won’t we? 1and 1/2 games w/o Miggy equals 2 wins….The lineup moved up for the better.
Who ca we get for Miggy in a trade?

Who? Anyone the organiztion wants and probably more.

Cafardo: “Jeff Samardzija,…Kansas City, Houston, Detroit, and others are in on him.”

If the Tigers can’t remain competitiye until Miggy gets back, he would be another pending FA who could be dealt for young talent..

Lineup vs. TOR: Kinsler 4, Cespedes 7, V Martinez DH, JD Martinez 9, Avila 3, Castellanos 5, McCann 2, Gose 8, Iglesias 6. Verlander starts

When will Dumb. Fire Asmus? He should have never been hired.

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