Friday’s lineups: Tigers vs. Rays

Looks a lot like an Opening Day lineup, if the Tigers had a designated hitter slot for Opening Day.

TIGERS

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

P: Anibal Sanchez

RAYS

  1. Brandon Guyer, CF
  2. Logan Morrison, 1B
  3. Evan Longoria, 3B
  4. Desmond Jennings, LF
  5. Kevin Kiermaier, DH
  6. Steven Souza Jr., RF
  7. Steve Pearce, 2B
  8. Tim Beckham, 2B
  9. Hank Conger, C

P: Matt Moore

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McCosky: “The Tigers have asked both Iglesias at shortstop and Anthony Gose in center field to play deeper. Both prefer to play closer to the plate…“Iglesias is getting to the point where he’s making the routine plays look routine while still making highlight-reel plays,” Ausmus said. “We’ve pushed him and Gose back so they have more range and they are doing well with that.”
So, the bad numbers were right. Flashy but ineffective SS and CF. If not, why they have to change?

Good point. I think with Iggy is that he doesn’t have elite arm strength. Hence the need for quickness to the ball and from the glove.
I have NEVER seen him go into the hole, plant, and fire across the diamond. It is always one motion and often a loopy one hopper.
Be nice to see him work on building up arm strength. He is a fabulous defender.

Jut came out of hibernation from a long winter with no baseball. Thanks to all who blogged during the offseason, especially Dan and Darline. Ready to give my humble predictions for this 2016 season. Remember,everyone has the right to an opinion
Mc Cann .274 17 HR 63 RBI’s
Salty 280 12 39
Victor 296 18 83
Miggy 331 29 113
Kinsler 286 17 74
Iggy 290 5 41
Nicky 272 20 81
Justin 269 27 85
Anthony 254 6 34
Julio 288 41 124
Maybin 264 8 45
Tyler 270 12 38
Avilas 266 7 31
Romine 250 4 27

JV 17-8 3.02
Zimmerman 15-9 3.39
Sanchez 14-11 2.82
Pelfry 10-10 3.84
Shane 13-6 3.28
Frankie 39 Saves

Tigers 90-72
As you can see, I’m always hopeful of great things.
Great hitting team, with enough pitching to win the Central. See you for three things Tuesday Night.

Great to have you back Greg. A stalwart fan and blogger!
Just for the fun of it I am pasting your predictions here and some comments beside them.
BTW, interesting that Jason penned an article regarding Iggy and his fielding. I swear I wrote that post before the article!!

Mc Cann .274 17 HR 63 RBI’s (I think the homers will be less than 15)
Salty 280 12 39 (.245 9 35)
Victor 296 18 83 (SOUNDS ABOUT RIGHT)
Miggy 331 29 113 (.315 35 120)
Kinsler 286 17 74 (.275 14 80)
Iggy 290 5 41 (.280 4 50)
Nicky 272 20 81 (I think Nick is going to better all these numbers–but only slightly)
Justin 269 27 85 ( .270 30 100) Yes I know those are very rounded off!
Anthony 254 6 34 (about right with 30 SB and many of them pinch-running)
Julio 288 41 124 (Fingers crossed, do-able and couldn’t happen to a better guy)
Maybin 264 8 45 (.250 8 30 18 SB)
Tyler 270 12 38 (I think those numbers may be accurate but at Toledo)
Avilas 266 7 31 (Better in the clubhouse and likely gone in August)
Romine 250 4 27 (The new Don Kelly and not a Zobrist- but dependable and effective)
JV 17-8 3.02 (I like JV but I think he is more like 15-13 with a 3.67 & a 1.25 WHIP)
Zimmerman 15-9 3.39 (I’ll take it and I think Brad would too)
Sanchez 14-11 2.82 (If his anatomy co-operates but an ERA around 3.40)
Pelfry 10-10 3.84 (10-16 4.25)
Shane 13-6 3.28 (7-7 4.00)
Frankie 39 Saves (35 saves and a 2.80 ERA)
Tigers 87-75
Will add these:
Norris (11-5 with a 3.50 ERA)
Moya (.270 35 90, unfortunately @ Toledo)
Jiminez (gets called up in August and makes everyone forget about Rondon)
That was fun–thanks for the idea Greg.

Thanks Dan. Looking forward to my 57th. season as a Tiger Fan. Keep rolling with your posts.

I’ve been following since ’56.
We’re talking, Hrvey Kuenn, Ray Boone, Frank Lary and of course #6 and my hometown boy Reno Bertoia

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