Wednesday’s lineups: Tigers at Cubs

1945wsprogramThe Tigers and Cubs will be wearing 1945 throwbacks tonight in honor of their World Series clash, so the logos below are from 1945. The lineups are modern-day, even if some American League fans believe having the pitcher bat is antiquated. Thanks to sportslogos.net for the logos, and baseball-almanac for the World Series program image.

As for the lineup, Victor Martinez is on the bench for a second consecutive night. Considering Miguel Cabrera has better numbers off Jon Lester than any active hitter, there was no chance he was getting a night off. Cabrera has a .667 career OBP against Lester, and has reached base safely 10 times in his 20 plate appearances since returning from the disabled list according to MLB Network research.

After last night’s 5-for-5 performance, Ian Kinsler is now 9-for-12 with three extra-base hits and five runs scored in three games against the Cubs this year.

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1945tigerslogoTIGERS (career numbers vs. Lester)

  1. Rajai Davis, LF (14-for-44, 3 doubles, 3 triples, HR, 4 walks, 11 K’s)
  2. Ian Kinsler, 2B (8-for-35, double, 2 HR, 3 walks, 4 K’s)
  3. Miguel Cabrera, 1B (16-for-29, 4 doubles, HR, 10 walks, 3 K’s)
  4. J.D. Martinez, RF (0-for-2)
  5. Nick Castellanos, 3B (3-for-7, HR, K)
  6. James McCann, C (1-for-2, double, K)
  7. Jose Iglesias, SS (2-for-8, double, 3 K’s)
  8. Anthony Gose, CF (1-for-8, double, 3 K’s)
  9. Daniel Norris, P

1945cubslogoCUBS

  1. Dexter Fowler, CF
  2. Kyle Schwarber, LF
  3. Kris Bryant, 3B
  4. Anthony Rizzo, 1B
  5. Jorge Soler, RF (1-for-1 off Norris)
  6. Starlin Castro, 2B
  7. David Ross, C
  8. Jon Lester, P
  9. Addison Russell, SS

54 Comments

Well let’s hope Norris gets that strike zone Listerine got that 1st inning.

LESTER
. ..STUPID SPELL CORRECT

Nope…..

Love the throwback uni’s.

Just when you think you’ve seen it all!!!!!!!!!!

Gose bunt…not only did McCann not slide he let up running. ……your better than that.

Meanwhile Norris homer

omygosh Norris HR. Find that boy a regular daily playing position

Grand Slam. ……go tiger’s go

Grand Slam by my “favorite” 3rd baseman. Chicago really agrees with this team.

ooohmyyygosh Castellanos grand slam. Find that boy a regular daily playing position……errr, he’s got one.

Can we play them cub’s all the time please

So much for a laugher. …Norris let em right back in

I’m kinda thinking that if this game was in Detroit, it would be about scoreless. Those homers wouldn’t be homers.

And those D’s on the caps are ridiculously oversized. I looked in one of my books and the 1945 Tigers had nothing like that.

they are, but I still like them. The Old English D in plain sight.

Guess tiger’s are done……

The ESPN broadcasters are talking Gose up as a future Gold Glove winner for many of the things I’ve harped on and stood up for him about. I definitely see it that way as well.

Norris looks hurt. What happened?

Crap. ……

Oh, Gorzo just doesn’t have it.

It just can’t ever be smooth for this team. …everything is always a struggle

RAJ!

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Is there any pitcher on this team that can be trusted to get a clean inning. ….ANSWER Nope

10-5. Can our BP hold it? Now that Norris is hurt, do the Tigers need a starter?

It’s not impossible given the Tigers’ pitching staff, but they are tuff to beat when they score 10 runs a game.

VerHagen is awesome. Dombrowski’s legacy. ..pitching problems

Damn Ian…not what a shakey VerHagen needed

I can’t see it here but was Kinsler’s error a possible DP ball?

absolutely.

Got a DP anyway and no more runs.

Nick is just tearing it up with the stick. His defense doesn’t look so bad when he’s productive at the plate.

Still, Romine brings a liitle more with the glove and on the bases.

My secret: I’ve always enjoyed NL ball.

Feliz is humping it up there at 97. He might be finding himself again.

And now he has touched 98.

I really don’t know what to say. I’ve just watch an amazing hitting machine. I honestly believe that Miggy’s return has really lengthened our lineup. Granted, it was lefty pitching from the Cubs, but it was still one site to see. If you love good pitching, you surely didn’t need to be in Wrigley over the last couple of days. Maybe we can slug our way through the next 40. Hopefully Norris’ injury is not so severe that he’s done for the year; anyway he’s going to be a good one, and the arm is okay. Here were three things to really like about tonight’s game:
1. We scored in 6-9 innings, with more than two runs scored in 5 of the six.
2 Seven of the eight position players had 2 or more hits; sorry JMac.
3. Nick has a career night at the plate. Again it was lefty pitching, but it ‘s got to be a confidence builder.
No comments re the pitching; nothing has changed. Kudos to the team for taking it to the Cubs both games. don’t you love to watch Miggy at the plate.

Hope everyone enjoyed the last two nights because you all deserve it. That was quite the hitting display.
Obliques usually take forever to heal, and we’re just running out of pitchers. I’ll give Gorzo a mulligan tonight because coming in cold and warming up in a hurry on the mound is not the recommended way to enter a game. Feliz, on the other hand, is batting practice. At least we stayed away from Willy and Bruce Almighty and Iceman, so they’re available tomorrow.

I thought Feliz showed something for a change. His job was to get the game over without too much drama. In so doing, Feliz sat at 97 with his heater and touched 98. Plus, he threw 12 strikes in 17 pitches without any walks.

as for Gose last night….he was impressive, damn it I hope he continues his hitting
(good) that is…I was really down on this guy…after all he’s on the team I root,toot, toot, for. Keep it up Gose….I still like my man Davis…We can still kick up some dust
in that Central…..but we need some good steady pitching as well.
The team really looked impressive, with that barrage of power hitting.

What a game last night. Figures we lose Norris now – sorry for that to happen to him on a night when he should be celebrating not only a homerun in his first mlb at bat but then a walk like they were afraid to pitch to him. Went to see the mud hens on Friday and saw Knudsen come in from the bullpen and he did fantastic – he barely got a warm up as their pitcher (Nesbitt) was doing terrible, came in and pitched out of a jam and then did great the next inning. Not sure he is a major leaguer but shoot he handled himself well.

Feliz was the winning pitcher. Can someone tell me why? I have nothing against him. I just don’t understand the rule.

I believe it is the official scorer’s decision at that point. And since every Tiger relief pitcher gave up runs (except Gorzo who only got one batter out and walked two), he/she probably just decided to give it to the pitcher who finally ended the game.
.
I just read that Norris is going to the 15 day DL. I wonder if the oblique was weakened by the BP display he was showing on Tuesday when he damaged the scoreboard. It begs the question again; why are pitchers still swinging bats. Baseball baby their young pitchers with pitch counts and innings caps but sends them up their to swing bats.
.
–Bob

From MLive.com: Fulmer is the real deal, but he’s young and inexperienced. He has the highest ceiling among the four other candidates, but it could be a big risk to rush him up.
??
What is the “BIG RISK” anyway?
He is a pitcher who throws every 5 days. If he has three, even two, poor outings what does it risk?
He just gets sent back down.
I can see an argument against moving a position player up and appointing and anointing him to a position before being fully developed.
But a pitcher is a different ball of wax. Especially in August and September.
Let’s see what we have to look forward to!

If it’s a marketing decision, it seems that MLB will make a change at the drop of a hat. When it comes to improvement in game play, they drag their feet.
We all know that someday the DH will be in both leagues. We also know there will be an electronic strike zone. They should just get on it. Even the traditionalists want some changes.

Bowden for GM? (Just kidding):
http://www.freep.com/story/sports/mlb/tigers/2015/08/19/detroit-tigers-bowden-plan/31987153/

This guy is extreme. Aomehow I don’t see other clubs helping us to constructing his kind of team!
I like the way he “dreams” though.

But no way do I trade JD Martinez. No way.

Knudson and Valdez coming up from Toledo.

Dan, I’m curious about Fulmer and the MLive report about his high ceiling. I’m actually more surprised than curious. I read good things about Fulmer but even better things about Norris. MLB scouting gave Fulmer an overall grade of 50; whereas Norris graded out at 60. As you are probably aware, 80 is the top score and 50 is considered average. Maybe Fulmer had some high category scores for his fastball and slider?

So how long has Sanchez been dealing with rotator cuff inflammation?

If it wasn’t bad enough…..it just got worse!

regarding Fulmer, they would start his arbitration clock by promoting him to pitch in a ‘lost’ season. they also burn an option if he is called and then gets sent down again. doesn’t make sense, in the big picture, to bring him to the show yet.

not sure I understand why Boyd pitched last night. can someone enlighten me?

I don’t want to ignore your question, Woody, but I don’t know. I was in and out of the game and just assumed they were running out of arms. I know they didn’t want to use Hardy. That’s all I got.

Tuff news on Sanchez, but his many poor performances seem less annoying under the circumstances. Maybe the guy was trying to soldier through injury and experienced a loss of both velocity and command as a result. If true, I feel some guilt may creep up on me for trashtalking a man who kept his mouth shut and tried to work thru his issues. More info should be forthcoming. In any event, I hope Ace Sanchez is okay for his own sake as well as for the team’s.

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