Wednesday’s lineups: Tigers vs. Angels

Though Brad Ausmus said last night that the idea of swapping Victor Martinez and J.D. Martinez in the batting order had been discussed, he downplayed it Wednesday.

“It was discussed,” Ausmus said.

So for now, Victor Martinez remains the cleanup hitter, with J.D. Martinez batting behind him. He has historically been a stronger hitter batting right-handed against left-handed pitchers, but Hector Santiago has been an exception for him in their limited meetings. Actually, none of their right-handed hitters have hit Santiago very well compared with what they do against other lefties, even Chris Sale.

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rallysquirrelTIGERS (career numbers against Santiago)

  1. Rajai Davis, LF (1-for-10, HR, walk, 4 K’s)
  2. Ian Kinsler, 2B (3-for-13, double, 3 walks, K)
  3. Miguel Cabrera, 1B (2-for-11, 3 walks, 3 K’s)
  4. Victor Martinez, DH (3-for-13, 2 doubles, walk, 2 K’s)
  5. J.D. Martinez, RF (1-for-6, K)
  6. Nick Castellanos, 3B (0-for-7, 3 K’s)
  7. James McCann, C (0-for-2, walk, K)
  8. Jose Iglesias, SS (2-for-7, walk, K)
  9. Anthony Gose, CF

P: Justin Verlander

rallymonkeyANGELS (career numbers vs. Verlander)

  1. Kole Calhoun, RF (0-for-3, walk, 2 K’s)
  2. Mike Trout, CF (1-for-6, 2 walks, K)
  3. Albert Pujols, 1B (8-for-16, 3 doubles, HR, 6 walks, 3 K’s)
  4. David Murphy, LF (11-for-35, double, triple, 5 walks, 7 K’s)
  5. Erick Aybar, SS (10-for-29, 2 doubles, 2 walks, 2 K’s)
  6. C.J. Cron, DH (2-for-3, double)
  7. Chris Iannetta, C (2-for-8, double, 2 K’s)
  8. Kaleb Cowart, 3B
  9. Ryan Jackson, 2B

P: Hector Santiago


Wouldn’t want to move him down and bruise his fragile ego…..doesn’t matter let’s see if they can work themselves right into last place in entire mlb not just the central.

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2015 vs LHP:
.354 ./402/.481/.883

I think V-Mart has hit a lot of balls hard that just haven’t fallen for hits, as your stats have suggested. What more can a guy do? Griping about his failures by fans under those circumstances is clearly unreasonable.

1.67 ERA last 6
His SO/BB is the 4th best for his career, season long thanks to his second lowest BB rate.
Forget about his W-L. He is back

Moya in left for the Hens. The Tigers have a need there. He is the #1 prospect for the Tigers. He can develop at the MLB level with this version of the Tigers as well as he can in MiLB.

Regarding leaving Victor as clean-up hitter, it’s hard to judge who wins the “stubborn” award. Brad or Leyland.
Go Verlander!

Nick is turning into that 20 HR, 80 RBI guy. That level of offense makes him valuable, as long as he can at least be reliable in the field. And heck, maybe Nick can even turn in some 30 HR, 90 plus RBI seasons as DD envisioned. It has been trying to see him mature at the MLB level, but management’s patience finally seems to be paying dividends.

We’ve seen this situation too many times. No run support for JV. One bad pitch and the game is tied or lost. Heavy pressure on JV even though he is a veteran.

That is why Fangraphas has Iglesias as the worst base runner in the team. Even below Castellanos
It is not about speed

Thank you, Miggy, for a little breathing room.

Yo, JD, double the pleasure, double the fun.

If Iggy has some speed, who has failed to develop it? Iggy, Ausmus, a coach?

Stealing is a lost art.In the 3 run HR enviroment is an risk with little reward.
When someone is CS that much, it is probably a player infatuated with his wheels that thinks he can outrun the ball, and nobody is faster than the ball.Or like, probably was that way with Jackson, a player asked to do something he is not good for no matter his speed.

Ah, yes ! JD once again reminds me of Rocky Colavito. Strong, handsome slugger who can throw people out. Me thinks he may hit that 40 HR, 100 plus RBI plateau on top of leading RFers in assists this season.

JV might hit 98 tonight!

JV looks to have transitioned from thrower to pitcher. And he still has enuff stuff to be an ACE. I’m ready to get on his bandwagon.

Tonight’s performance, coupled with his last several starts do not appear to be a mirage.

Too many fastballs. It’s got me a little worried. But I must say they are working.

CG, ShO. 1 hitter. No bad for a “washed up” pitcher

And that’s how you play baseball. Great game Justin, and thanks to the rest of the team for the run support.

And in the end, JV is once more the staff ace. The guy who signed here long term while others went for the money. Can we stop calling him Mr. Upton?

May 18th ,2012. His first one hitter.

I thought Aybar would break it up in the 8th with a non-bunt hit. It didn’t appear Dale Ford was going to mess it up. Anyway, that was a fun night for a change.

Guilty as charged Rich. I am retiring the Mr. Upton handle per request. I only used that title when I believed, and still do, that his focus drifted during the early times with Kate. I also believe that he hasn’t been healthy for a good 18 months. Will he ever throw 99 again on a consistent basis. No, but he has adjusted to being a mighty good pitcher who can be effective into his late 30’s. Wished so much for the third no hitter. Only five of thousands of pitchers have thrown at least three over 100 years. would have been mighty special. Having said that, I believe we’ll see a third before he hangs up the glove. By the way, one of my prized possessions, is an autographed copy of “Rocks Across the Pond”, written by JV’s Mom and Dad about his youth baseball days. And he’s a Goochland County, Va. on top of that.
1. Homer Power gives JV more than 1 run of support.
2. The double plays after the two walks.
3. Velocity at 96 in the 9th.
Kudos to Miggy, Julio, and Nick for the Fries. Also to JMac for calmly catching this game. Agree with Darline that Nick is maturing into a good hitter. Strikeouts down, walks up, good approach at the plate over the last month. I’m anxious to see if Randy can navigate his way through the Angel’s lineup tomorrow. Congratulations JV on a masterpiece.

Ah, those heady early days of love. 😉 A man can get temporarily lost in it. On other sites I read comments directly to Verlander about Kate and they’re not nice, to say the least. Actually, it made me keep thinking of outfielder Justin Upton.

I enjoyed it, but what I enjoyed most was Miggy’s HR when the team really needed it.

Why on earth did the Angels genius manager pitch to Miggy in that spot?

Lineup vs. LAA: Kinsler 4, Collins 7, Cabrera 3, V. Martinez DH, J.D. Martinez 9, Castellanos 5, Avila 2, Iglesias 6, Gose 8. Wolf starts

Iglesias batting second:
259 .284 .353 .637
308 .352 .364 .715
.350 .414 .450 .864
8th and 2nd with similar samples.
The spot in the line-up matters
BTW, he has more RBI batting 8th than second, one of the spots with more RBI opportunities

Was kind of off the grid over the weekend. I did know about the disappointing loss on Friday due to NOT ONE RUN of support for JV. Games he pitches they must win. Imagine coming home Tuesday night late and checking in on Tiger’s “progress”. 4 more losses making it 5 straight!? Dagger in the heart. Then last night’s victory gets swallowed up by the chalk line double with 3 outs to go. And JV had lots left in the tank. Can’t even catch a break in the exceptional event department…Still only 5 games out of 2nd WC even after the 5 straight losses. I guess it shows how hard it is to both gain and lose ground when you’re chasing 6 teams now. Minnesota in the 2nd spot with a 65-61 record? Come on. Too bad Price, Cespedes, and Soria are gone. With both JV and David (and the best hitter in the game), you have a chance in the playoffs. Especially the first round. DD folded the tent early. Still, Norris and Boyd are nice acquisitions. Good points…… bad points. Still hoping in 2015. I happen to like Gibby. Don’t find him boring at all. I like his wit and dry humor. Plus he obviously has a lot of in game knowledge that I appreciate. Soft spoken? Just turn up the volume.

Congrats JV and such a shame you didn’t get the no hitter, but so happy that they gave you the run support so your efforts the last few starts can show through that you seem to have taken a turn for the better. I love seeing a player rebound after folks have written them off. You did not get the no hitter but am impressive complete game shutout one hitter with just 112 pitches. And a very classy post game interview.

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