Tuesday’s lineups: Tigers vs. Braves

Victor Martinez isn’t in the lineup today, and he isn’t in the tentative lineup for tomorrow. The Tigers have a home game Thursday against the Cardinals before their two-day trek to Jupiter. It would not be a surprise if the Tigers rest him until at least Sunday’s split-squad set, which includes a home game.

Jarrod Saltalamacchia gets the start at designated hitter today, batting cleanup. Tyler Collins starts in center for the second time in three four days. Mike Aviles starts at shortstop for the second time in four days.

Reminder: Today’s game is live on Fox Sports Detroit back home and MLB.TV online.


  1. Ian Kinsler, 2B
  2. Justin Upton, LF
  3. Miguel Cabrera, 1B
  4. Jarrod Saltalamacchia, DH
  5. J.D. Martinez, RF
  6. Nick Castellanos, 3B
  7. Tyler Collins, CF
  8. James McCann, C
  9. Mike Aviles, SS

P: Justin Verlander, Kyle Ryan, Angel Nesbitt, Bruce Rondon, Jose Valdez, Francisco Rodriguez


  1. Ender Inciarte, DH
  2. Erick Aybar, SS
  3. Nick Swisher, 1B
  4. Adonis Garcia, 3B
  5. Tyler Flowers, C
  6. Michael Bourn, LF
  7. Jeff Francoeur, RF
  8. Gordon Beckham, 2B
  9. Emilio Bonifacio, CF

P: Bud Norris, Lucas Sims, Arodys Vizcaino


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Here’s a random thought on defensive shifts. Since shifts obviously hurt LH hitters more than RH, do you think teams will begin to shy away from LH hitters altogether? So doing would eliminate an entire chunk of the baseball player population. Could this become a union issue?
It’s interesting to note that the Tigers are extremely right handed.

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I would have never resigned Vmart. LH hitters will be out of the game before the DH. lord have mercy.

If lefty hitters go, then lefty reliever specialists will too in domino effect.

Note: VMart hits over 300 from the RIGHT side too.

They need to adapt. Beginning In rookie league. Natural selection will do the rest
Very few RHB have won the batting tittle. Just leveling the field

Miguel Cabrera being a notable exception to RHB’s not winning batting titles.

As good as JV looked, Rondon was at the other end of the spectrum. I’m losing hope in his ability to help the Tigers this season.

Seems like he has a couple of buddies of similar MPH caliber that don’t know really how to pitch. Nesbitt and Valdez also don’t seem to have the “feel” a pitcher needs.
Rondon may have value but it may be trade value and not functional value.

Holaday will be claimed and probably they get something in return. But, If one of the regulars get injured there is no one in Toledo to fill the void. One of the catchers could end playing 10 plus consecutive games like Avila back in 2011

Don’t like to root against a player but a poor spring by Holaday would have increased chances of getting thru waivers. That possibility now zero. Kaline yesterday said he’s a great clubhouse guy well-liked by teammates.

I went back 10 years. Only 2 LHBs won batting titles in the NL 2 were SWHs and the other 6 were RHBs. For that same period in the AL, titles were won by 6 RHBs and 4 by LHBs.

In the NL,only Gordon and Morneau were LHBs. Reyes and Jones were SWHs. Cuddyer, Posey, Gomez, Ramirez, Holliday and Sanchez were all RHBs. In the AL, Cabrera (4 times), Ordonez,and Altuve were RHBs. Mauer (3 times) and Hamilton were LHBs.

Words of wisdom:
“Scherzer works in Washington now. Price has moved on to Boston. Between them, they’ll be earning more than $400 million not to pitch for the Tigers. And it’s not even worth asking why they’re gone, because, in a market like Detroit, “you can’t keep all that stuff,” Verlander said.”


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