Saturday’s lineups: Tigers at Astros

After much prodding from player and coaches, Brad Ausmus makes the call to start Victor Martinez at first base, freeing up the DH spot for Miguel Cabrera for a night.

“I’ve had a couple coaches trying to convince me for a while. In Kansas City, Matt [Martin] and Omar [Vizquel] did some stuff with him at first base. I talked to Victor and he was gung ho, so I relented.”

In terms of batting order, Jose Iglesias moves up to the second spot against right-hander Collin McHugh, right in front of Cabrera. Ian Kinsler bumps up a spot to leadoff.

The Astros, meanwhile, get Colby Rasmus back into the lineup after he was scratched Friday with a sore left knee.

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tigerslogoTIGERS (numbers off McHugh)

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

P: Justin Verlander

astros2005logoASTROS (career numbers vs. Verlander)

  1. Jose Altuve, 2B (2-for-3, double)
  2. Preston Tucker, LF
  3. Carlos Correa, SS
  4. Jed Lowrie, 3B (2-for-17, double, walk, 5 K’s)
  5. Carlos Gomez, CF (1-for-11, double, 3 K’s)
  6. Colby Rasmus, RF (2-for-8, double, 2 walks, 2 K’s)
  7. Evan Gattis, DH
  8. Luis Valbuena, 1B (2-for-19, HR, 5 walks, 5 K’s)
  9. Jason Castro, C (0-for-5, walk, 2 K’s)

P: Collin McHugh

36 Comments

I hope Brad is making the right call at FIRST-DH-and LF

WOW! I guess the Red Sox found somebody besides the Tigers to beat up on. 22-10

Is it worth a mention that McHugh is a RHP but there is no LHB Avila in the line-up?

Even Brad can learn!
JD is really fighting it

It’s only 4 innings and he does have 60 pitches, but JV is really impressing me with his ‘pitching’.

Interesting catcher at WM. Scivique (sic). Seems to be a hitter. Also, draftee Christin Stewart is raking.

Huge inning 4 JV not sure he is gonna get thru this one

Verlander last 5:1.75

Figures….just when you start trusting Rondon….ugh

He can’t be trusted.

Nobody to trust…..oh well doesn’t matter

I have to question the pitch selection on the one Tucker hit out. Soon as I saw where McCann set up, I actually said “not down there.” If you want the fastball, elevate it. If not, bury a slider.
Now it’s extra innings and I’m in here talking to you folks.

You can’t be a leader if your pitch selection sucks.

Well, that’s one way to get an out.

Still a rookie, lot’s of learning to do. Shouldn’t be a leader now, but eventually.

Seems like Preston Tucker did damage to the Tigers once before right after he was called up. So, where is the Tigers’ Preston Tucker? Was he traded away by DD? Did anyone traded away ever amount to much? If not, then it seems you would have to say that the Tiger scouting staff has consistently missed the Preston Tuckers in the drafts. Nick may someday prove to be an asset. McCann seems to have a good future. No one else on the present roster came from the Tigers farm system except some pitchers.

Lots of our good prospects were traded. Devon Travis for Gose. Cameron Maybin. Andrew Miller, lots more.

Totally Rich actually hard to believe he would throw another fastball at all

I think I remember them focusing on pitching arms for many years. But, I share your opinion its the pieces we have missed the last 4-5 years. Young kids with good promise coming up and contributing or pushing someone.

Was thinking the same thing. Could not believe he came back with the fastball. Anyway, now 4-1. They refused to give up.

He’s gonna leave Feliz out there?

Did you want Farmer or Gorzelanny?

Pitching arms? Where are they? They had to trade 3 good players to re-stock the pitching.

Drew Smyly. Charlie Furbush. I’m sure someone can name more.

Nice comeback win for the Tigers.
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I know I’m beating a dead horse of a different color but that rule that denies a score keeper from awarding the win to JV for shutout pitching, …………..

I didn’t mind the fastball. I did mind the intended location.

If you watch the replay McCann was setup outside the pitch was middle in. Heavy B missed his spot.

Sounded like a lot of Tigers fans making a lot of noise in the extra innings.

Verlander has again become the ace of the Detroit staff after a 2.5 year hiatus from that role. Hope he can pitch like one going forward. He’s the guy who agreed to stay here.

Hey, the pitch from Bruce the Goose should have been offspeed, but to be honest, I haven’t seen a lot of homers hit off a 100 mile fastball, even though it was a meatball. Hats off to Preston for letting the pitch do the work. Still, after having all those other lasers, anything slow would have made the difference. What it created was another growing experience for the good guys(Sorry, Hawk). To come back in extra innings with not one, but three runs, was huge. Would like to have seen more of those during the season.
Mr. Upton has crossed that bridge to being an effective pitcher who should win more games than he does. Great performance by old JV tonight, gives us hope that he can be an ace into his middle 30’s. What impressed me the most about tonight’s performance by JV was another glimpse of a maturing pitcher, whose composure guided him through a very effective outing. I’ve also noticed him tutoring the new guys, with sincere and slid advice. In all honesty, JV was a jerk through HS and college, even into the minor leagues. I believe he’s making friends now.
1. The One Knee’d first baseman aquitted himself nicely both on D, and with the big hit in the 11th.
2. Miggy’s hits were both solid base hits. Very encouraging for us Never Giver Uppers.
3. The JMac peg was marvelous defense, both in controlling the bad pitch, and then throwing a strike to get the out at first. He’s a little suspect with the bat right now, but the D is right on.
Kudos to JV for the pickoff in the first. Only two walks. Kudos, also to Julio and Tyco, for clutch add on run RBI’s. A great win, and above all, a great pitching performance to watch from JV.

A win not easy but a win . Lets krrp in up boys

I know Rondon missed his spot, Mayo. Missed it by a lot. That’s exactly why I didn’t want that pitch. McCann was set up low on the outside corner and that caught my attention before the pitch was thrown. Trying to thread the needle when he could have gotten a swing and miss up high or by bouncing a slider.
It was like one of those life’s moments when you go “NO, don’t touch that….(sigh)…never mind.”

I wonder if the training staff will make some suggestikons to Miggy about his weight. He can’t help the fact he is getting older but he can do something about getting heavier. There is a direct correlation between his persistent lower body injuries and his weight.

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Lineup at HOU: Kinsler 4, Iglesias 6, Cabrera 3, V. Martinez DH, J. Martinez 9, Collins 7, Marte 5, Avila 2, Gose 8. Boyd starting.

Agree Dan. And there are things anyone can do to take off weight and keep it off. Playing baseball obviously will not do it. I run, occasionally swim and I paddle. Running and swimming are two of the best ways to burn calories. They work. Fister runs. Miguel’s hitting gift exceeds those of anyone else on the planet. But his weight issue will shorten his career absolutely no doubt. He will continue to get injured and, eventually, even if he can hit, he still has to run the bases. Part of the deal. If he lost 40 lbs or more (just throwing a number out there), he could play till he was 40. A little loss of power maybe, but average and production would be right there. It’s up to him really. He has the money and connections to hire the best trainers in the world. I have neither, but I manage to get out there and run (I’m much much older than Miguel) and I can reasonably eat whatever I want. A good diet. Nothing grand or complex, no calorie counting, keep it simple. Anyway that’s my 2 cents. I’d love to see Miguel set records, break records. But he will only be able to do it if he starts to seriously address weight with aerobic training. He loves the game, and he’s gifted at it. Why not do the things needed to maximize his career? Sooner the better.

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