Monday’s lineups: Tigers vs. Mets

What was shaping up as a matchup between Jacob deGrom and a close-to-regular Tigers lineup isn’t happening, and not because of the weather. The Mets scratched deGrom from his scheduled start as a precaution with what was labeled as back stiffness,  so Seth Lugo will get the start. Considering Nick Castellanos missed a couple days with a sore back following his bus ride from Lakeland to Port St. Lucie last week, it’s tough to judge.

Yoenis Cespedes isn’t speeding up Florida’s Turnpike for this game. Curtis Granderson, however, is on the trip, making his return to Lakeland for the first time in a few years. Neil Walker, Michael Conforto and Lucas Duda follow him in a top-heavy lineup that will face Daniel Norris and Shane Greene in round three of the Tigers’ fifth starter competition.

No TV today, but the radio broadcast is available on AM 1270 in Detroit and MLB Gameday Audio online.


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

P: Daniel Norris, Shane Greene, Mark Lowe, Justin Wilson, Drake Britton, Logan Kensing, Lendy Castillo


  1. Curtis Granderson, RF
  2. Neil Walker, 2B
  3. Michael Conforto, LF
  4. Lucas Duda, 1B
  5. Wilmer Flores, 3B
  6. Alejandro De Aza, CF
  7. Kevin Plawecki, DH
  8. Johnny Monell, C
  9. Matt Reynolds, SS

P: Seth Lugo, Sean Gilmartin, Hansel Robles, Zack Thornton, Kyle Regnault, Rainy Lara, Mike Hepple


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There are a few scenarios that could play out where Norris doesn’t win the 5th spot, but they seem unlikely to occur. seems more like a psuedo-competition for that spot to me.

Cespedes played so well after becoming a Met last season…can’t expect him to continue that. having realized the ceiling of his potential then, this season likely to be disappointing for those anticipating more of the same.

With the injury histories of the Tigers’ starters, you can bet Greene, Boyd and Fulmer will see MLB action if none of them is able to supplant Norris for a rotation spot. You can probably add Farmer and maybe one or two others to that grouping.

the Tigers sure used a lot of pitchers last season, even a graying Wolf

I commented yesterday about Gose bunting more as part of his game to take advantage of his speed. I read an article from Mr. Beck today confirming that surmisal.

sounds like you and Ausmus are reading from the same sheet of music

most of the well known Becks are musicians. I’d probably call Jeff Beck, ‘Mr. Beck’

That should bury forever the idea of playing Victor at 1B

Greene was very sharp today. He threw lots of strikes with a nice mix of pitches thru 3 innings. Might he go 4?

Shane Greene threw 93-94 with a sinkers at 93 The 4th inning was strong. No walks with no runs allowed and 6 Ks. Norris has some competition.

someone should write a blues song about being hamstrung

Ernie Harwell was a song writer. this era is probably too specialized to expect any baseball announcer or writer to have those skills.

Only certain umpires have that broad a skillset

songwriters need a muse, too, and those are hard to find. not like you can put an ad in Craigslist for one.

Joe West and skill in the same sentence…

I was most struck by the following; agree. agree. and agree:
“When you look at everything we went through,’’ Avila said, “Brad kept them playing hard until the end. How do you fire a guy after that?’’

Avila stared ahead, slammed his fist on his desk for emphasis, and said: “I’m not saying he has a free pass, but he deserved this chance.

“I wanted to put together a team that has a chance to compete. We’ve got that now. No excuses.’’

Okay Woody, thanks to you I just spent the last ten minutes writing “The Hamstrung Blues.” 🙂

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