Wednesday’s lineups: Tigers at Twins
Miguel Cabrera gets the series finale amidst an 0-for-19 drought that ranks as the third-longest hitless stretch of his career, and his second-longest as a Tiger. Healthwise, both Cabrera and manager Brad Ausmus said he’s fine. His timing is off at the plate, way off in his own opinion, and he’s struggling to get out of bad habits he got into.
“It’s kind of like you create bad habits because we know we don’t go anywhere, but we try to push ourselves too much,” Cabrera said. “When we make mistakes, we want to do extra and we want to do something we don’t have to. What we need to do is play hard, try to go out there and make it happen. Stop trying to push too hard.”
In other words, there’s some pressing going on, and a snowball effect building.
On the injury front, Nick Castellanos was originally in the starting lineup, but was scratched with what the team called left groin tightness. He’s listed as day-to-day, and an injury-riddled Tigers roster gets moreso. Jefry Marte replaces Castellanos in the lineup.
Daniel Norris is good for about 45-50 pitches tonight, according to Ausmus and pitching coach Jeff Jones. After that, it’s up to the bullpen, which held on last night but which also might be short some innings-eaters with Kyle Ryan having thrown 70 pitches on Monday and Drew VerHagen having pitched twice in the last three days.
- Anthony Gose, CF (2-for-4, triple, walk, K)
- Ian Kinsler, 2B (20-for-59, 6 doubles, triple, HR, 5 walks, 5 K’s)
- J.D. Martinez, RF (1-for-6, HR, 2 K’s)
- Victor Martinez, DH (10-for-25, 2 HR, walk, 2 K’s)
- Tyler Collins, LF
- Jefry Marte, 3B
- James McCann, C
- Alex Avila, 1B (1-for-10, HR, 2 walks, 3 K’s)
- Andrew Romine, SS
P: Daniel Norris
- Aaron Hicks, CF
- Brian Dozier, 2B
- Joe Mauer, 1B
- Miguel Sano, DH
- Trevor Plouffe, 3B
- Torii Hunter, RF
- Eddie Rosario, LF
- Chris Herrmann, C
- Eduardo Escobar, SS
P: Ervin Santana