Wednesday’s lineups: Tigers at Twins

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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.

tigers1957logoTIGERS (career numbers off Santana)

  1. Anthony Gose, CF (2-for-4, triple, walk, K)
  2. Ian Kinsler, 2B (20-for-59, 6 doubles, triple, HR, 5 walks, 5 K’s)
  3. J.D. Martinez, RF (1-for-6, HR, 2 K’s)
  4. Victor Martinez, DH (10-for-25, 2 HR, walk, 2 K’s)
  5. Tyler Collins, LF
  6. Jefry Marte, 3B
  7. James McCann, C
  8. Alex Avila, 1B (1-for-10, HR, 2 walks, 3 K’s)
  9. Andrew Romine, SS

P: Daniel Norris

twinsoldtimelogoTWINS

  1. Aaron Hicks, CF
  2. Brian Dozier, 2B
  3. Joe Mauer, 1B
  4. Miguel Sano, DH
  5. Trevor Plouffe, 3B
  6. Torii Hunter, RF
  7. Eddie Rosario, LF
  8. Chris Herrmann, C
  9. Eduardo Escobar, SS

P: Ervin Santana

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Okay well, let’s see how Norris looks. Marte and Collins with starts.
Congrats to Miggy and Torii on their Clemente nods.

Pretty sad state this 2015 Tiger’s team is in with the injuries, lack of talented SP/BP bench strength and callups. Never thought this organization (Dombrowski, Avila) would let this team revert back to those ugly days of 90+ losses in a season.

John Keating says 1 hr delay.

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2-0 Tigers leading.

If we get a new manager I think he should be able to pick his own coaches.

Especially a veteran manager will want his own staff and not the left overs unless it’s someone that they actually want to work with.

I agree with you there. the coaching staff should be determined by manager. when Ausmus was hired, it seemed that he chose to keep Lamont and Jones on staff.

Yes, he said exactly that. Said he wanted Lamont no matter which team he managed.

this is gonna be like a mid spring training game with Norris on a pitch count. will be interesting to see if they pull him if he reaches it in the middle of an inning.

Looks like Rosario was sitting on that one. Norris is hitting his spots for the most part. Works quick; I like that. Twins haven’t seen him.

Verlander earlier had that long winless start drought, but it pales in comparison to Braves’ Shelby Miller who is on verge of losing his 14th straight decision. he has now gone 22 starts without a win despite a 3.00 ERA for the season.

this is a big game for Twins with Rangers routing Astros tonite

former Tigers Price (7IP,1R,9K) and Ray also starting tonite

Ray 3.54. High SO rate

I wish we were in the wild card race. 😢

You can do emojis on here? Get in the 21st century, Rich!

Sure can Rich. ⚾️

Rodney keeping the game tied. Berry PR , SB and scoring on a SF. Jackson with SB. Cubs 3-2 in the 11th.
Soria saved by a webgem by Marte

Marte 9 RBI/Avila 11

That was strike 3 for Sano

and 4th

Rondón was just robbed. MCCann had his quota there too

And that was passed ball

A real manager makes the Ump expel him after that call

Nice rally in the 9th with a key hit by Marte. Then there is Rondon (GROAN)

Sorry Bruce might be a nice kid but is not a good pitcher. He’s exasperating

Truth. He needs to develop a consistent delivery to develop consistency for his very decent stuff.

He has made 5 outs this inning.If McCann could frame a pitch or the Ump knew his job

Simon & Rondon must be awfully hateful to catch. How do you frame a pitch when 100 can literally be 4 feet from intended target?
Bruce has no feel for pitching.

Rondon made 27 pitches. Only 13 were strikes. Not good.

Rondon to the rescue…please go away…..another blowjob!

That umpire had a pretty good zone until that pitch to Sano. Anyway, Rondon still looks a couple of years away.
I’m done with this one. That 40 minute 9th did me in. G’night.

Sano was out with 3 strikes but McCann was bad positioned.
Or no problem when the Ump fails with the hated guy pitching.
Ar real manager goes out then to talk with him and puta fight,JL would be out of the game by now

BTW: third consecutive game after 5 days off

Just as I like Rondon’s stuff, so do I like the way Valdez hits the high 90s with a mean slider. But…Command and control are issues for this breed.

Some how the Tigers got out of the 10 th inning . Almost a miracle the Twins didn’t score .

Did I just watch Krol pitch out of a jam?

For you Romine commenters/fans… He obviously just now stole a bag. Did you know he once stole over 70 bases in a single MiLB season?

He is stealing hearts in MoTown. The guy is simply a darn good ball-player that would be a terrific one if he could hit better. I was shocked he threw a ball away today but when the game was on the line he took a no so easy short hop to his left and fired a determined bullet home to save the game.
As to McCann, well he will be in the nucleus of the team next year. I doubt Rondon will. The danger I see in Rondon is that our new GM may be deceived into thinking his late-inning problem is not as bad as it is.
Wilson has been good, sure but is he dominating? Will he be able to repeat the season he had? Can Hardy even come close to being as dependable as he was this year? Can he pitch the 8th or 9th? The answer to the questions above are more likely no than yes.
By all means, keep Rondon but only with the hope he may turn out to be a pleasant surprise not a solution.

A nice come back win for the Tigers . This game was up for grabs a few times . Tigers leave the Twin Cities heading home after winning 2 of 3 .

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