Saturday’s lineups: Tigers vs. Indians

Rajai Davis, with better numbers against Danny Salazar, gets the start over Anthony Gose in center field. Andrew Romine, who doubled and homered against Salazar back in June, gets the start at shortstop over Dixon Machado.

An interesting note from MLB Network research: Ian Kinsler hit .425 (17-for-40) with 13 runs scored and seven RBIs in his first 10 games against Cleveland this season. Since then, he’s 0-for-12.

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tigers1901logoTIGERS (career numbers against Salazar)

  1. Rajai Davis, CF (4-for-11, 3 walks, 2 K’s)
  2. Ian Kinsler, 2B (5-for-17, HR, 3 walks, 3 K’s)
  3. Miguel Cabrera, 1B (8-for-22, double, 2 HR, walk, 10 K’s)
  4. J.D. Martinez, RF (1-for-9, walk, 7 K’s)
  5. Victor Martinez, DH (7-for-20, double, HR, walk)
  6. Nick Castellanos, 3B (4-for-16, 2 doubles, HR, 6 K’s)
  7. Tyler Collins, LF (0-for-3, K)
  8. James McCann, C (1-for-6, triple, K)
  9. Andrew Romine, SS (3-for-4, double, HR)

P: Alfredo Simon

clevelandlogo2INDIANS (career numbers off Simon)

  1. Jason Kipnis, 2B (4-for-12, double, 2 walks, 2 K’s)
  2. Francisco Lindor, SS
  3. Michael Brantley, LF (10-for-17, 4 doubles, walk)
  4. Carlos Santana, DH (4-for-16, 3 walks, 4 K’s)
  5. Lonnie Chisenhall, RF (3-for-12, double, HR, K)
  6. Jerry Sands, 1B
  7. Abraham Almonte, CF
  8. Roberto Perez, C
  9. Giovanny Urshela, 3B (1-for-2)

P: Danny Salazar


Nice timing on benching Gose. Over the last 7, he has hit .308 and slugged .615 with 2 HRs and a triple. He has also stolen a base.

And his OBP is .379.

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Ah ha El T! Just read the wonderful nostalgic 1960 article about Ted Williams,written by John Updike-can people still write that well?- I see where your quote came from and I understand why it is one of your favorites.

“Understand that we were a crowd of rational people. We knew that a home run cannot be produced at will; the right pitch must be perfectly met and luck must ride with the ball. Three innings before, we had seen a brave effort fail. The air was soggy; the season was exhausted. Nevertheless, there will always lurk, around a corner in a pocket of our knowledge of the odds, an indefensible hope, and this was one of the times, which you now and then find in sports, when a density of expectation hangs in the air and plucks an event out of the future.”

“Fisher, after his unsettling wait, was wide with the first pitch. He put the second one over, and Williams swung mightily and missed. The crowd grunted, seeing that classic swing, so long and smooth and quick, exposed, naked in its failure. Fisher threw the third time, Williams swung again, and there it was. The ball climbed on a diagonal line into the vast volume of air over center field. From my angle, behind third base, the ball seemed less an object in flight than the tip of a towering, motionless construct, like the Eiffel Tower or the Tappan Zee Bridge. It was in the books while it was still in the sky. Brandt ran back to the deepest corner of the outfield grass; the ball descended beyond his reach and struck in the crotch where the bullpen met the wall, bounced chunkily, and, as far as I could see, vanished.”
John Updike-Ted Williams’ last AB.

I remember reading that as a kid. Oddly, my one game attended at Fenway was played on the day Williams died.

Dan,I read your comments from the previous article. Your surmisal was very close on Schmehl’s take on the deadline deals. And I agree Nick has made progress. Over the last 7, he has hit .308 with a .357 OBP. Over the last 30, he has 5 HRs with18 RBIs and has slugged .523. Also, Nick’s errors are way down from last season and his fielding % is significantly higher.

Just considering the last 30, Nick is starting to look like the 30 HR, 100 RBI guy DD envisioned.

Gavin Flyod looks like Bonderman to me. Also I live how Rod said tiger’s used to have all kinds of trouble hitting Flyod. …ya Rod back in 2008 when the only 2 players still here are Miggy and Verlander. ..relevant? ???

Ace Simon was dazzling tonight in his quest for his 12th victory. Not many sinkers and better control with a tight curveball to offset his fastball. A strategy change by design?

All the guys people love to complain about were great!

I read the Schmehl article you referred to Darline. Good article. I was expecting a conclusion that the trade was a must, and some analysis of the players they received in return, but he left it open for thought. Good game tonight. They can look like a competitive team when they get decent pitching. Simon did a fine job. Nothing wrong with this core of players.

Glad you enjoyed the article as I thought you might.

What an enjoyable game. Tonight, I find no fault with the team. One just wonders how Simon can be so really bad for a couple, then throw a gem; the stats do show his dominance over the Indians.
1. Nice evening for Collins.
2. Rajai defends and Rajai runs. Always a winning combo. Need to see it more.
3. Everybody on the field played with style, flare, and just enough chip to be solid.
Kudos to Pasta again, Julio, and even Victor had two fantastic opposite field swings for hits.

I could only watch the first inning, so it looks like I missed a good one. Oh well, should be a good one tomorrow too.
Glad everyone enjoyed it. You certainly deserve it.

Now that was a game the team and the fans can be proud of. Hope to see more of them.

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