Wednesday’s lineups: Tigers vs. Nationals

The TV cameras were packed up and put away at Joker Marchant Stadium last night, which is a shame because today’s matchup could be very much worth watching. While Justin Verlander makes his second start of the spring, the Nationals are bringing the big guys over from Viera, including Bryce Harper, Anthony Rendon, Jayson Werth, Daniel Murphy and Ben Revere. Even if you don’t make much of Spring Training games, this could be fun. On the flip side, Anthony Gose gets at least one at-bat against a good lefty starter in Gio Gonzalez, while a lot of other Tigers regulars are playing.

If you want to follow the play-by-play, the game is on radio. Listen on AM 1270 in Detroit or MLB Gameday Audio online.

TIGERS

  1. Ian Kinsler, 2B
  2. Justin Upton, LF
  3. Miguel Cabrera, 1B
  4. Victor Martinez, DH
  5. J.D. Martinez, RF
  6. Jarrod Saltalamacchia, C
  7. Mike Aviles, 3B
  8. Andrew Romine, SS
  9. Anthony Gose, CF

P: Justin Verlander, Logan Kensing, Blaine Hardy, Jose Valdez

NATIONALS

  1. Ben Revere, CF
  2. Daniel Murphy, 2B
  3. Bryce Harper, RF
  4. Anthony Rendon, 3B
  5. Jayson Werth, LF
  6. Clint Robinson, 1B
  7. Danny Espinosa, SS
  8. Jhonatan Solano, DH
  9. Spencer Keiboom, C

P: Gio Gonzalez, Lucas Giolito, Taylor Jordan, Nick Masset, Sean Burnett, Sammy Solis

11 Comments

Jason what is your thought on Holiday making this team ? He has to go through this every year with the Tigers bringing in a vet to back up our starter . Now the Tigers bring in J.Saltalamacchia who I feel can’t be as good as Holiday even when he was in in prime and we all know he is past that . I just feel bad for Holiday because he is a great guy from what I can tell and hell Jason he deserves to be the back up by now . Do you think he has a better shot to make the team now or will he start in Toledo again ?

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I believe there are 3 possibilities with Holaday…makes 25 man if either McCann/Salty start season on DL, gets traded, gets hurt and starts season on DL. clearing waivers and ending up in Toledo very unlikely. seems he’s in a situation similar to Hernan Perez last spring.

Looks to me that Kyle Ryan, to this point anyway, seems to get the nod over Blaine Hardy.
Anybody else think the club overpaid for Pelfrey? Huge contract for very mediocre results. Surprised me with that signing.
Somebody please put a shock collar on Anthony!

Jason, I’m a co-founder of the iPhone app Coached, which allows baseball players to get one-on-one instruction by former Big Leaguers. I thought you might be interested because Wally Joyner and Dave Newhan are on the app. I’ll be in Lakeland Saturday if you are available to meet to discuss more. Thanks.

I know it’s ST, but JZ looked very poor. His velo wasn’t much to brag about and his command just wasn’t there. Presumably, Mr. Dependable will look like himself when the real games start.To me Holaday looks like a decent backup who is caught in a numbers problem. No way he hits like this over the course of a whole season. There is absolutely no historical evidence to support this kind of production on his part.

Less optimistic about Parnell being able to help after watching him throw today. Fastball is low 90s, curve erratic. Bernard helped his bid today. Moya will get a heavy diet of breaking pitches from MLB pitchers.

Was very impressed with Schierholtz today. Bernard less so but the guy IS a RHB and that is exactly what they need in the short term. Good defender, great speed and RHB.

Sanchez threw live BP for 30 pitches to 4 batters, 2 of whom got hits. I’m holding my breath with this guy. It has been a while since he was a consistent and significant force in the rotation.

Tigers PR”Prior to today’s game, the Tigers have assigned RHP Joe Jimenez, LHP Kevin Ziomek & C’s Austin Green & Kade Scivicque to minor league camp.” I thought that Jiménez had a shot. But for that he would need to be part of another organization less risk averse

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