Friday’s lineups: Tigers (now with Cabrera) at Astros

Miguel Cabrera is back in his customary third spot in the Tigers batting order. Ian Kinsler bumps down to second and Jose Iglesias moves back to the bottom of the order, but don’t expect that to be a daily occurrence. Iglesias will bat second most games against right-handers, according to Brad Ausmus, with Ian Kinsler leading off. With lefty Dallas Keuchel on the mound for Houston, that’s not the case.

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tigerhitterlogoTIGERS (career numbers off Dallas Keuchel)

  1. Rajai Davis, LF (0-for-7)
  2. Ian Kinsler, 2B (6-for-19, HR, 2 walks, 2 K’s)
  3. Miguel Cabrera, 1B (1-for-7, 2 walks, K)
  4. Victor Martinez, DH (3-for-6, HR, K)
  5. J.D. Martinez, RF (0-for-3, 2 K’s)
  6. Nick Castellanos, 3B (1-for-3, double)
  7. James McCann, C
  8. Jose Iglesias, SS
  9. Anthony Gose, CF

P: Alfredo Simon

astrosanniversarylogoASTROS (career numbers against Simon)

  1. Jose Altuve, 2B (2-for-6, double, walk)
  2. Preston Tucker, RF (0-for-3)
  3. Carlos Correa, SS
  4. Jed Lowrie, 3B (1-for-3)
  5. Carlos Gomez, CF (3-for-10, 2 doubles, K)
  6. Evan Gattis, LF (1-for-4, double, walk, K)
  7. Luis Valbuena, DH (3-for-16, double, HR, 3 walks, 2 K’s)
  8. Marwin Gonzalez, 1B (0-for-2)
  9. Jason Castro, C (3-for-5, double)

P: Dallas Keuchel


I hope Miggy dosen’t push to hard.

2 long balls will surely help!!

Already, Miguel is grimacing. He packed on a few pounds, too.

Gonna be a long game with the way Simon is looking. Just refuses to throw strikes

Be so glad to see Simon go. He is so damn boting on the mound

Get Gose warmed up. We might need him today

Simon has kept us in the game. Can’t complain about that.

That may be true but it does not change the opinion I have had on him since ST.
Brutal at bat by Rajai. Apparently he must have taken an oath NOT to take a base on balls.
Some of the worst swings I have seen all night and there have been a bunch of them

They’ve all taken crappy swings. 80% of keuchel’s pitches out of strike zone.

Hope this series is not the disaster I thought it might be. What in the world are they swinging at ??

Valverde suspended 80 games.Stanozolol.

As soon as write stranded a those runners and Rod and Mario start talking about how poor Astros have been hitting I expected that to happen. Always does.

Have no earthly idea why Simon was allowed to pitch through that inning.
Bad night for Rajai.
Some fielders catch that ball.It wasn’t easy I admit but they way he went after it he had no chance on coming up with it

Doesn’t matter they’ve made it perfectly clear from ownership, management to the players they’re not really invested and it doesn’t matter. Win don’t win doesn’t much matter!!!

Miggy just wiffed on same pitch as Rajai.

Nothing like tigers pitching to get your hitting woes straightened out!

Not only Davis, but fot Miguel, Avila and JD they cant take a free pass
Correa,20 yo.287 14 HR 37 RBI, and in every conversation about the best SS in MLB
I mentioned it before, the same season JD came, Gattis plyed for Aguilas del Zulia.Raw power ,Kingman like. He does not use batting gloves and trained carrying car motors
No shame in losing against Keuchel

In his last 8 starts, Max Scherzer has a 5.15 ERA and given up 11 homers. On the other hand, here’s a dandy Rolling Stone interview with him and none of the questions are about baseball. So at least there’s that.

That’s the real max scherzer

There is shame in playing stupid baseball though.
We did do that tonight.
Ausmus, Davis, Gose. No bunting, no plate discipline.
They played a bad game. It could have been Will Ledezma or daniel Schlereth out there and we may have looked the same

Did anyone notice Miggy playing grab-ass with Altuve? This is supposed to be the big
leagues…I believe he’s a goner next season…they can lose with or without him.
He looked really bad out there.
JD looking bad also…Simon is a boring pitcher….his strategy is to bore the opposition
How they manage to win a game is surprising..

I guess nobody really expected that a player would comeback after 35 days with his timing intact and being able to hit against a great pitcher in full form. Like with Verlander , the next weeks will be his rehab assignment. In the end, he just joined the MudHens

Against Kycle (I’m spelling it like they pronounce it) they should have been taking everything until he started throwing strikes. Obviously his movement and deception made it seemingly impossible to read his pitches, but they could have done themselves a big favor if they had just forced him to throw strikes. It might take falling into 0-2 counts and even being called out looking but it was tiresome to watch so much flailing at pitches bouncing in front of the plate. Anyway, they got the clunker out of the way. Maybe they can still take the next two. Good team but not unbeatable by any means.

We’re looking at about a 75 win team, although they could improve on that in September when playing against the Central.
The Jays did a good Tigers impression last night when Price pitched a shutout into the 8th, pitch count got high,was relieved by the RHer which brought on Beltran as the PHer, and then Sanchez gave up the 3-run bomb.
Meanwhile the Nationals, who can’t score runs at all, put up 5 of them after they’d fallen way behind. Scherzer was relieved by Fister.
Baseball in 2015, man.

Didn’t post last night.
1. Miggy’s back.
2. Gorzy doesn”t implode.
3.We only play the Astros two ore times.
Nothing went well. Later.

2014, pity We only play the Astros two more times

Ausmus on Anibal:
“There’s really no rhyme or reason, in terms of what pitches he’s giving up home runs on,” Ausmus said.

“It’s funny because, really, the percentage of fastballs and percentage of sliders and percentage of curveballs, it kind of all matches up. We just didn’t find anything there.”
Really? I think it is more of a matter of throwing middle-middle, regardless of the type of pitch.

So he’s making more mistakes with all of his pitches, or his mistakes are getting hit out at an unusual rate. Or pitch selection is predictable. Or as an analyst here said, he just sucks?

I still would not be too disappointed should Anibal be around (likely he will) next year.
He has intelligence on the mound and an assortment of pitches to go along with his elevated salary.
Sure wish he could hold runners on though.

$16.8m per year for the remainder of his contract. If he’s having a good season, they may trade him at the 2016 deadline.

Jason , August 12:

“Cabrera could start Friday, rest Saturday, play Sunday. Ausmus said they’ve also debated DHing Cabrera for a game and using VMart at 1B.”
“Ausmus said he still has questions about VMart at 1B, but coaches have brought it up again. ”
Victor at 1B

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