Sunday’s lineups: Tigers vs. Marlins

Except for Casey McGehee giving Nick Castellanos a day off at third base, it’s pretty much a regular lineup behind Matt Boyd in his second start of the spring. There’s a strong wind blowing in from left field, so Boyd should have a lot of room to work on his slider/slurve pitch. The Marlins lineup includes reigning NL batting champ Dee Gordon and Marcell Ozuna. It does not include Don Kelly, but the former Tigers utilityman is on the travel squad, so expect him to make an appearance.

No TV for this one, but the radio broadcast is available on 97.1 FM in Detroit and MLB Gameday Audio online. There’s also a Spanish broadcast available online through the Marlins broadcast.


  1. Ian Kinsler, 2B
  2. Justin Upton, LF
  3. Miguel Cabrera, 1B
  4. Victor Martinez, DH
  5. J.D. Martinez, RF
  6. Casey McGehee, 3B
  7. James McCann, C
  8. Jose Iglesias, SS
  9. Anthony Gose, CF

P: Matt Boyd, Michael Fulmer, Blaine Hardy, Drew VerHagen, Bobby Parnell, Preston Guilmet, Lendy Castillo


  1. Dee Gordon, 2B
  2. Marcell Ozuna, CF
  3. Xavier Scruggs, LF
  4. Justin Bour, DH
  5. Chris Johnson, 1B
  6. Derek Dietrich, 3B
  7. Cole Gillespie, RF
  8. Adeiny Hechavarria, SS
  9. Jeff Mathis, C

P: Dylan Axelrod, Chris Narveson, Andre Rienzo, Jake Esch


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Bullpen was great today. Fullmer is worth getting excited about and Parnell might just have something. Verhagen looked real good too.
Finally, some depth. Moya is blocked at the corner OF spots for the next two years. What does one do with him? The guy needs a shot and soon. Eventually Miggy moves to DH and Moya might make a very interesting 1st sacker but that is too far down the road. Holladay has proved, before this spring, that he is a major leaguer.
Aviles could make Romine redundant.

Ausmus the lat one, he wants to take both Romine and Aviles to give rest to the SS and 2B tandem.Supposedly, he did not have a replacement last year. I guess Perez was a ghost

Norris, Fulmer, Boyd, Jones, Cessa, et al. All for players who were unsignable during a down season at the deadline. DD did his job to the end and we are now will reap the benefits!

Pelfrey did well his last outing, but he remains a huge $16M gamble as a tilt factor in a suspect rotation. Aviles is pretty much done and too much money for his potential worth. Machado could do what Aviles can do for a lot less money and he is not a proven product. He might have something more to offer, but he looks too much like too many other defense-first players hanging in the trees just waiting to be picked.

The White Sox signed Jackson for $5M and DFA’d Olt. Olt could make an interesting acquisition.

As skeptical as I have been about Pelfrey and despite his late performance today, I have started to hope Avila has found in Pelfrey the pitching equivalent of JD. Maybe looking under rocks for players will work for the Tigers and Avila.

You Heard It Here First
On how the #Tigers are the new #Yankees and Mike Ilitch is the new George Steinbrenner.

What an uninspiring first look at the club today.
There’s lots of reasons why but it would have been nice to have been a little more enjoyable.
Should be getting some cuts announced pretty soon. I would not be surprised to see Bernard not make it.
Farmer does not look like he will ever be a big league pitcher to me.
Lowe and Wilson looked pretty ordinary. Pelfrey too, for that matter.
Never been a big Kyle Ryan fan but he’s got somethin’ going on.
Gose looks a bit lost to me.
But it is so very cool to watch Tiger baseball again!

Not much of a lineup today vs. the Mets! Errors and Walks didn’t help matters though.
Yesterday’s BP innings were solid, today’s less than average! We can’t have every other day relief pitching and be in playoff contention. I understand its ST but, this is the foundation for 2016.

Not sure how much foundation we had in Port Lucie today. DD got us some decent prospects at the end of the 2015 debacle and we have a few guys of our own in our farm system with some potential but I think we saw today why the Tigers rank so low in the pundits’ evaluation of our minor league system.

As I have noted many times before, without the deals by DD the Tigers end up with virtually nothing and few MLB prospects. As things turned out with the trades, there is now some hope.both for the immediate future and in the long term. Hopefully,some of the prospects turn into stars, or at least prove serviceable. Maybe one or two of them can even be helpful this season.

Ilitch: “I don’t care about the money, I want the best players.” All the malarkey about the luxury tax and the Tigers going upsidedown by spending too much on FAs doesn’t jibe with the facts and certainly doesn’t apply to Ilitch.. Ilitch can get who he wants. According to Forbes, he is #122 on the Top 400 List of Richest People.

Illitch, at least, doesn’t complain about the money he has spent. In a sense he is part and parcel of the luxury tax problem he faces. Yes, he has made some huge investments and not all of them were very wise. Fielder, VMart are two that come to mind but he has a history of rewarding popular Tigers too. I remember Bonderman and Nate Robertson getting pretty sizable (at the time) extensions.
The contracts to Ver and Miggy will be debated but those two are very special players with enormous baseball intellect and motivation. You could argue both ways on those contracts but at least they are not as stupid as Pujol’s.
The VMart contract hurts. He still has 3 years of 18 million and he is 37.
If you have the money to spill OK but the ramifications on developing players are also something to think about.
Victor is a very important piece of the puzzle right now and my fear is that this is really the last chance at him being an effective everyday contributor.

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