Tuesday’s lineups: Tabbies at Twinkies

After months of wondering whether the Tigers had one more run at a division title left in them, then weeks of realizing they didn’t, the official end of the Tigers’ ownership of the AL Central could come tonight. A Detroit loss or Kansas City win in Cleveland would officially eliminate the Tigers from the division race, though they’ve effectively been out of that running since mid to late July. With that out of the way …

Miguel Cabrera is in an 0-for-15 slump since Thursday’s series opener in Cleveland, dropping his average under .340 for the first time since mid-June. If any pitcher can break him out of his skid, though, it would seem to be Phil Hughes, off whom he’s 17-for-39 (the 17 hits ties him with Nick Markakis for the most off Hughes) with five doubles and five home runs (tied for most with Dustin Pedroia). Hughes hasn’t pitched in a game since Aug. 9, when he suffered a lower back injury that landed him on the disabled list.

Hughes is expected to go 75-80 pitches. How far Alfredo Simon goes, of course, depends on the quality of his pitches. He had 7 1/2 innings of one-run ball against the Twins in April, and seven runs (five earned) over 2 1/3 innings against them back in July. He won’t get to face Torii Hunter, who’s just 1-for-10 against him. He will have to face Trevor Plouffe, who’s 3-for-7 lifetime off him and 8-for-16 with two home runs over his last four games.

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84tigerslogoTIGERS (career numbers off Hughes)

  1. Anthony Gose, CF (1-for-11, 3 walks, 4 K’s)
  2. Ian Kinsler, 2B (7-for-32, 3 doubles, triple, 2 walks, 3 K’s)
  3. Miguel Cabrera, 1B (17-for-39, 5 doubles, 5 HR, 2 walks, 5 K’s)
  4. J.D. Martinez, RF (2-for-8, HR, 4 K’s)
  5. Victor Martinez, DH (8-for-35, 2 doubles, HR, 5 K’s)
  6. Nick Castellanos, 3B (4-for-11, 2 doubles, walk, 4 K’s)
  7. Tyler Collins, LF
  8. James McCann, C (3-for-4, double)
  9. Andrew Romine, SS (2-for-8, 2 K’s)

P: Alfredo Simon

wintwinslogoTWINS (career numbers against Simon)

  1. Aaron Hicks, RF (2-for-5, triple, K)
  2. Brian Dozier, 2B (1-for-6, K)
  3. Joe Mauer, 1B (2-for-11, double, K)
  4. Miguel Sano, DH (1-for-2, double, K)
  5. Trevor Plouffe, 3B (3-for-7, walk, K)
  6. Eddie Rosario, LF (2-for-2)
  7. Eduardo Escobar, SS (0-for-3, K)
  8. Kurt Suzuki, C (5-for-11, double, 2 HR, K)
  9. Byron Buxton, CF

P: Phil Hughes


Is there any reason to expect that Norris, Fulmers, Boys, Cessa are better than the homegrown pitchers? they were scouted by the same people

understand the pessimism but Norris was considered by Baseball America as a top 20 prospect among all minor leaguers. Fulmer has been a top 15 Mets prospect for several seasons. Cessa has not made their prospect lists, Boyd was barely a top 30 prospect in Jays system before this season.

Norris was #18 on the BA midseason prospect list just behind Severino who has been in Yankees rotation. Fulmer was not in top 50. Former Tigers Adames (44) and Jake Thompson (49) also on that list.

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Thought that ball was gone by JD…..tiger’s are homerless since a week ago tonight. Pretty bad along with the strike 3 call next pitch.

Unless the Vikings are still playing, tonight’s attendance isn’t all that great either. Twins one game out of the postseason.

I find that odd…..and it’s a nice night to boot

The old “distract him with a piece of flying paper play”. Rarely used and tough timing but worked to perfection on Sano.

Time to turn this over to the PB. ACE Simon has failed himself too often at about this point.

Are you kidding me? Double, single and still nothing from the BP?

Take Simon out. Take him out! Too late……………….?

Didn’t this same thing just recently happen with Simon? Will someone please wake BA up?

Knock Knock. Who’s there? Ausmule. This same thing happened in the 7th inning with Simon before. Then Hardy can’t get a LH out. Sano more.

This mess is on BA!

I may be the least baseball savvy on this blog but even I knew Simon had reached his limit.

Rondon for 9th if save situation holds?

Is anybody with me here? I say let Wilson finish the game. Do you want Rondon?

Wilson hasn’t pitched 2 full innings in any game since early July.

No faith in Big Bruce but I don’t think is OK to throw 2 innings at this point

Romine got them a bit of a cushion. How many think they should keep him in 2016? Raise your hands. A little higher, please. Remember, I have to look across Lake Michigan.


catcher doesn’t need to signal pitch. give em the gas

Did you ever watch Perez of KC? He’s outstanding in directing pitchers…maybe not recently…

Rondon = too much drama. Let’s thank Romine again.

1. Finally VMart
2. Sometimes Pasta.
3. Always Romine.
Never Miggy????

Rondon is being auditioned for next year. They have to know if he can do this or not. At this point, same for VerHagen. Results will have to take a somewhat secondary role.
Simon’s infield was less than stellar in the 7th. He pitched well.

At least it is a much needed win . VMART came out like the guy from the past . Lets look for another W tomorrow .

I was looking at the placement of McCaan’s glove as Rondon was ready to pitch, he hardly comes close to it…He really doesn’t show confidence out there…rarely gets
people out 1,2, 3…scrares the hell out you in his relief appearances….tonight
was not an exception…anyway, thank you for the scare. Yes, Victor had a good night…let’s have a good showing the rest of the season.

Just think what might be possible if Rondon could actually mix up his pitches.
Throwing 17 fastballs to set up a slider (or three) isn’t going to work very often!

McCann has been a bright light inn the fog of this season.

throw the water on him!

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