Friday’s lineups: Tigers at Blue Jays

If Miguel Cabrera gets five plate appearances tonight, he’ll officially return to the AL batting race, getting back on the 3.1 plate appearances per game pace needed to qualify. If he doesn’t get it tonight, he’ll most likely get it tomorrow afternoon. It’s not a big deal to him at this point, obviously, but with about a 42-point lead on the next-best AL hitter (Jason Kipnis), it’ll put him on pace for his fourth batting title in five years.

The Jays load up on right-handed hitters, save for Ben Revere and Ryan Goins. That’s going to present a challenge for Matt Boyd, who’s allowing a .405 batting average to right-handed hitters this season. Toronto, meanwhile, is batting .285 against lefties, tied for the best in the Majors (with the Tigers, actually — thanks to MLB Network research for the tidbits).

Radio note: With the Lions playing their third preseason game tonight, the Tigers are only on AM 1270 in Detroit, not 97.1 FM.

Gameday | TV: FS Detroit, MLB.TV | Radio: AM 1270, Gameday Audio

tigerslogoTIGERS (career numbers off R.A. Rickey)

  1. Rajai Davis, LF (5-for-8, 2 doubles, walk, 2 K’s)
  2. Ian Kinsler, 2B (6-for-16, 2 HR, walk, K)
  3. Miguel Cabrera, 1B (6-for-24, double, 2 HR, 2 walks, 2 K’s)
  4. Victor Martinez, DH (4-for-16, double, 3 walks, 3 K’s)
  5. J.D. Martinez, RF (3-for-8, double, HR, walk, K)
  6. Nick Castellanos, 3B (2-for-7, double, 2 walks, K)
  7. James McCann, C (1-for-3, triple)
  8. Jose Iglesias, SS (2-for-2, double)
  9. Anthony Gose, CF (1-for-3)

P: Matt Boyd

jayslogoBLUE JAYS

  1. Troy Tulowitzki, SS
  2. Josh Donaldson, 3B
  3. Jose Bautista, RF
  4. Edwin Encarnacion, DH
  5. Chris Colabello, 1B
  6. Kevin Pillar, CF
  7. Ben Revere, LF
  8. Ryan Goins, 2B
  9. Josh Thole, C

P: R.A. Dickey


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Get Verhagen warm!

130 IP and Ausmus still does not know if he will limit his IP…
Boyd a FB pitcher in Toronto…

Ausmus called that pitch. ESPN showed it

Regarding what pitch?

the HR

Let the blood bath begin….

Meanwhile the tiger’s keep hohumming along.

Has the game started or is this batting practice?

Yep. Let the bloodbath begin
— Bob

Tigers looking good? ?????? Quick easy outs per usual! Can any of these idiots even put a decent ab together seriously coulent make it any freaking easier.

Can we look forward to September 1 when they bring up players on the 40-man roster from Toledo, etc? Will Ausmule actually let them play? The team is going nowhere so why not? I hope Avila forces BA to play them so he can get an idea who might help in 2016. V-Mart and Gose aren’t helping anyway. Rajai and Collins are marginal. Is there another catcher to spell McCann?

They traded every good catcher in the system because they were blocked by Avila.. Kade Scivicque is far from ready

Anthony Gose sure is no Mickey Stanley

These guys are embarrasing me with my friends here in the True North. Easy out after easy out. Placing the ball on a T for the Jays hitters.
Going through the motions.
Can’t wait for September call-ups actually.

The Tigers are going to be absolutely humiliated. They are not even trying to give the Jays a game today.

They stink and more than that they don’t give a crap.

ESPN showed Ausmus giving signs and McCann watching. Then the first HR

They will be 2-2 for the season series after this game

It was fair

Can’t even get a fair foul call right. Figures

Gose gets a lot of love here does he not? 5-3. They are trying. Boyd is a trooper and is not putting the ball on a T as far as I can see. As I speak, Donaldson gone.

Gose sure does. He’s hitting .253, is 6th in the AL in steals and can cover. The kid has plus tools and is just developing, but already has a slew of haters. Of the youngsters on the Tigers’ active roster, Gose, Verhagen, Rondon, McCann, Collins and Iggy were all born in 1990. They are still pretty young and expectations of consistent greatness from them are unreasonable in my mind..

An HR with a nice jump to close and make a nice diving catch so far tonight.

That came out garbled. An HR and a nice diving catch, after a good jump to close on the ball.

Darlene, I know you like Gose, yes, he hit a homerun tonight and he also made a nice catch….but one game or even two, or three, makes him an everyday
player…Let him blossom with another team, ..I’m not the only tiger fan that thinks
this way…Ausmus is showing this guy off every day, hoping some team would
grab him….any takers?

I’m not sayin’ we won’t get lucky but watch this Osuna kid.
We have the same arm and age in Jiminez at West Michigan.
Osuna had less pro experience than Joe has and he is CLOSING for a championship calibre team

Osuna has 5 years of experience. He began in the México League when he was 16.
While Jiménez was signed at 18 and is playing his third season

THanks Tigers for yet another thoroughly unenjoyable night of baseball.

From kind of half watching the game, it appeared that the Detroit hitters were not engaged. Much more of this and I’ll be getting an early start on those last three seasons of “Breaking Bad.”

Not much from 3-7. Even so, they made a game out of it. Defense continues to play well. While I’m not sold out on Gose, I think he is undeserving of so many negative comments he’s received on this blog. He dives, covers ground and has a plus arm. Yes, he does need to work on base running and awareness. I checked AJ’s 2015 stats and they are slightly better with 38 more ABs. Not a huge difference though. Tiger management could better spend money upgrading pitching rather than upgrading CF. They need a LFer.

At least someone here is occassionally on the same page with me. I made a similar comment about management prioritizing pitching as that is obviously the most critical need and biggest negative for the Tigers. The foibles of the young, developing defense-first CFer who doesn’t hit as well or steal as many bases as some would wish is not the reason the Tigers are in last place.

Bring Jimenez up then. At this point might as well.

Get ready for a very long weekend in Toronto. Maybe the bats come alive lets just hope so.

Still think Boyd has the stuff to be a 4 or 5 in the big leagues. He had no worse luck against the T-Bombs than any other starter. For that matter, he’s probably done a little better. Figured we would not do well tonight against RAD. He knucks pretty well. The best thing about the game was that it was over at 9:33. That’s because in the first six innings, RAD only had thrown about 50 pitches.
1. Like Verhagen’s 8th. inning work. Good stuff will be better with better control and command.
2. Boyd not imploding when the bases were full with no outs. To get out of that mess with only one run allowed showed some cool on his part.
3. We held the Jays to just 5 runs, .43 under their season average. All we had to do was score six to win.
Kudos to Gose(good catch and tater) in the same game. Tip of the hat to Ian also for good D on the popups and his tater. We should win tomorrow 9-6 if my calculations are correct.

It is pretty clear that pitching (starting and relieving) has to be the main focus.
My comments about Gose are about needing a CFer–they do not imply that I feel he is the reason for things being so wrong with this team. I actually like Gose but I have also come to believe he has maxed out. If he can’t cut it as an everyday player next year then they should just let him go. I don’t think he platoons well.
If blame has to be spread around I would be disinclined to blame any of the players on this team actually. Much of the fault is shared with a meddling owner, a GM who got bigger than his job and an inexperienced and youthful manager who probably could benefit from a few more years between himself and his players.
The players played well most nights. I don’t think they necessarily played well with each other though. It was a season of “disconnect”.

My point about Jimenez is that he is pitching low level minors and has since 2013. He has a 1,70 ERA and an 0.89 WHIP. Those are nubers that should be introducting you to AA or AAA.
Osuna did start in 2011 but his 4.55 ERA and 1.32 WHIP got him all the way to the majors and look what he has done since.
They both are 20, and both have great arms. Won may close ot a WS game this year ant the other will still be playing A ball.

Jiménez numbers in PR are very impressive. PR Winter league has recovered in recent years and is strong. If they paid attention to that numbers he would be well above A league

It’s painfully obvious that the Detroit organization is pretty much clueless when it comes to pitching.

In regard to Gose, he’s a starting big league caliber outfielder who would benefit by working on his baserunning, bunting, and hitting approach, all of which I believe he’s doing. He should be a #9 hitter to minimize his ABs and because his speed is useful if he does turn the lineup over. Overall, he’s far down the list of things that need improvement on this club.
I would be more interested in targeting certain other players that may bring a better return in a trade, but that’s a whole other subject.

Well today we have a starting big league calibre CFer flanked by two non-starting big league calibre OFers.
Don’t look for a lot of pop from any of those guys today at the Rogers launch Pad.
Matt Boyd is not a BAD pitcher, he is also not a good pitcher. I think the hope is he will be a better than average pitcher. I did like the 2-seamer he struck out EE with. It had unexpectedly good sink to it.
Norris is a good pitcher and will get better. Thank you DD.
Fullmer looks like a bulldog. Be nice to see what he has.
I actually like Farmer. Especially his demeanor. I think he will be critical enough of himself to find a way to succeed. Has a little touch of JV in him I think.
Verhagen impressed last night but that could be his niche. as a starter I don’t think he has quite enough.
Be glad to see Simon gone. Don’t know how a person can infuriate AND bore me at the same time.
Greene is a project and now fits into the hope and dream category.
Sanchez probably gets lots of votes next year for “comeback of the year”. I still believe in him and think he is a quiet asset to the team.
Avila needs to improve the rotation above.
If Al doesn’t make at least 2 solid moves to guarantee an effective bullpen we will see fans start to vote with their seats next year.
I hope Moya is ready for the show. we cold use a little more excitement around here.

Almost like the

Almost like they know what is coming?

Right now, thier draft pick is guaranteed. They can sign a top FA without losing it. of course, the last time they used it to sign Jacob Turner( Shelby Miller 19, Trout 25 in the draft)
Are they tanking? I don think so.Wear and tear is normal in August. Some of them never played a full season before, other are recovering from injuries. And playing for nothing do the rest.
The batting practice by the pitchers is not helping the hitters either
Maybe, just maybe, some of them want to go. And would fell better in Boston or another team not retooling
And for the press critizicing them and a good deal of the fans , those that wanted a sale and are complaining , you cant say but it is happening ” Because you asked for it”

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