Saturday’s lineups: Tigers vs. Rangers

  
Tyler Collins gets another game in the two spot, with Jose Iglesias back down near the bottom of the order.

“It’s a left-handed bat, for one, but I think he runs well and he swings the bat pretty well,” Brad Ausmus said. “He hit the ball hard last night, even though he didn’t get anything for it. I think it’s a good spot for him. He’s hitting in front of Miggy. He gets some fastballs up.”

Miguel Cabrera is batting 13-for-23 (.565) with seven extra-base hits and eight runs scored over the last six games. He’s also batting .390 (112-for-287) with 15 homers and 74 RBIs in 74 games against the Rangers, including the postseason.

Reminder: Tonight’s game is on Fox Sports 1.  Check your local listings for the channel number on your system.

Gameday | TV: Fox Sports 1, MLB.TV | Radio: 97.1 FM, AM 1270, Gameday Audio

tigers1957logoTIGERS (career numbers against Gallardo)

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

P: Randy Wolf

oldrangerslogoRANGERS (career numbers vs. Wolf)

  1. Delino DeShields, CF
  2. Shin-Soo Choo, RF
  3. Prince Fielder, DH (2-for-7, HR, 2 walks, 3 K’s)
  4. Adrian Beltre, 3B (5-for-18, HR, 6 walks, 3 K’s)
  5. Mike Napoli, 1B (0-for-4, walk)
  6. Elvis Andrus, SS (0-for-2, K)
  7. Rougned Odor, 2B
  8. Bobby Wilson, C
  9. Ryan Strausborger, LF

P: Yovani Gallardo

13 Comments

Have you ever seen a sweeter swing than Miggy?

Best hitter around, that’s our Miggy. Always fun to watch.

For 3 innings of one game, the Wolf experiment is not working well.

1st time through the order the BS pitches were flailed at but, the 2nd time through the order the Rangers were waiting on the slow stuff. What do you expect from a journeyman who has never really made it in the Bigs.

That’s at least 12 innings without a run scored. Are they turning Gallardo into another Cy-clone?
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Miggy has raised his BA about 17 points since returning. Does he have enough ABs to qualify for the hitting title?

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Nobody on board tonight-blogwise that is. Maybe everyone is at the concert with Rich. I wish I’d been at the concert with Rich. Add another very frustrating game to the list for the 2015 Detroit Tigers. I really thought it might end, and we would finish strong, but it just ain’t going to happen. A three run homer in the ninth was just enough of a tease for the optimistic fool(I include myself) to think that we would score 2 more on Miggy’s HR following the walk to Collins. Then VMart would hit a walkoff, and we would go bananas over this remarkable comeback.
It was a remarkable game in many aspects: We couldn’t score runs when we got them in scoring position; The Rangers had no extra base hits until the Homer in the ninth; We lead MLB in batting average and RISP, but what a skewed piece of datum that is. After all, we lit up Wrigley; it was enough to cover 3 or 4 games. On paper, this lineup should be lethal; on the field it is a paper tiger.Oddly, before the trades, our defense was in the top tier of all MLB; since then, we are close to the bottom; the only difference is that Collins is no Cespedes in LF, nor is Rajai. But the errors have mostly come from the infield and pitchers with throwing errors. Go figure. Miguel comes back like a wild man on a mission; yet with a RISP situation, he grounds to the pitcher; I know he can’t hit every time up, but it does baffle me. We pinch hit for Gose(I would too), but the pinch hitter, Rags, does exactly what they were trying to prevent; he strikes out against the lefty on three pitches. In theory, you lost by weakening the defense in that move. I could go on and on, but it wouldn’t change anything.
Truly, the Tigers play remarkable games each night. Think about the last five games, and tell me the outcome was what you expected. There were three remarkable things to like about tonight’s game.
1. Wolfman Jack pitched well enough to win; granted he was shaken a bit in the third, but all in all, he still can pitch in the big leagues. Would Kyle Ryan have done better?
I salute Randy for giving 100 percent.
2. The play on the ground ball past Igloo that Ian made on DeShields was remarkable in that his focus was totally disrupted.
3. The accuracy of Julio’s throwing ability is now a well known, remarkable talent.
Kudos to Ian and Miggy. Also to Randy as previously mentioned. Glad Guido got in to his first game, Like any rookie in a MLB debut, not surprised by the results. Good stuff; work on your location. In closing, let’s all get ready to win the finale tomorrow with the Farmer in the Dell on the mound. Go Buck.

I watched most of the game. Mr. Wolf sure is a likeable guy and he got out of a mess and gave the team a chance to win. I’m not sure whose idea it was to bat Collins 2nd, but they need to have their head examined. I hope it’s not the new analytics dept. that is coming up with that idea. I’ll take Raji in LF all day every day unless it’s Yoenis Cespedes.

Didn’t watch game but I agree Collins shouldn’t be batting 2nd…said that yesterday. By the way offence has gone cold since they did that and they aren’t exactly facing Kershaw

Got your wish GK. Collins batting 9th. Too bad he is going to have to face Cole Hamels though. Probably better off giving Romine a whirl out there today. He can make things happen.
Speaking of happening.
What is going on with all the slow nubbers off of Iggy’s bat again? Where are the line drives to RF?
Can somebody please teach Gose how to drop down a bunt?
James McCann is starting to fade a little. Fingers are crossed he can get himself going again at the plate. We really do need another Freehan/Parrish type of catcher in Detroit again and he could be it.
I hope Avila Sr.’ next transaction is for more than a 39 year old ex major leaguer coming off of surgery. Wolfie didn’t pitch badly but let’s face it, this is a pretty desperate transaction.
I am not holding out for a WC berth but the fact is they really are within reach if they were to be able to play like they are capable of.

Looks like the Front office put a small bandaid on the pitching staff . Wolf did about as good as I would expect. The rest of the season will be ups and downs. Sad to think that last year we were thinking October baseball.

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