Opening Day lineups: Tigers at Marlins

As mentioned earlier in the series post, the Tigers hit Wei-Yin Chen pretty well during his Orioles days.

TIGERS (career numbers off Chen)

  1. Ian Kinsler, 2B (5-for-14, 2 doubles, walk, K)
  2. Justin Upton, LF
  3. Miguel Cabrera, 1B (3-for-6, double, 2 walks, K)
  4. J.D. Martinez, RF (2-for-4, 2 HR, 2 K’s)
  5. Nick Castellanos, 3B (1-for-4, HR, 2 K’s)
  6. James McCann, C (2-for-2, HR)
  7. Jose Iglesias, SS (1-for-4, K)
  8. Anthony Gose, CF (1-for-3, K)
  9. Justin Verlander, P

MARLINS (career numbers vs. Verlander)

  1. Dee Gordon, 2B (0-for-3, K)
  2. Marcell Ozuna, CF
  3. Christian Yelich, LF
  4. Giancarlo Stanton, RF (0-for-3, 3 K’s)
  5. Martin Prado, 3B (3-for-9, 2 doubles)
  6. Justin Bour, 1B
  7. J.T. Realmuto, C
  8. Adeiny Hechavarria, SS (1-for-5, K)
  9. Wei-Yin Chen, P


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It was not by design but 6 teams opened the season today

Is there a game delay?

Gameday says Ceremony.
— Bob

Using the change-up as main pitch

second game in 3 days, the shift and the pitcher throws it outside.(Mets/KC)

The new 2nd base slide rule just changed the outcome of the Jays – Rays game. Let the controversy begin.
— Bob

Deja vu all over again with the 9th inning…

unless we win.

Two things that were supposed to be better the pen and the baserunning….Well I guess not so much.

Free baseball but they gotta hold a lead like they had .

Well here we go Tiger Fans. Another roller coaster game to start the 2016 season. And there was a little bit of everything for all of us. Country Joe honored us with his off the wall strike zone. K-Rod becomes the next member of The Todd Jones Closers Club. Frankie does have a record, but he looked more like Frankenstein the Frankie R. I’m sure better things are ahead. JV throws a 5 inning no hitter, and then hangs on to get out of the sixth. that’s our Tigers. But you know what I saw tonight? Potential and lots of it. The lineup is going to be okay! The BP is going to be okay. and shane Greene is back. Three particular things I liked about tonight:
1. Kinsler can’t run the bases, but he can flat out hit a baseball.
2. VMart’s left handed swing is back.
3. Justin Wilson has a mighty good fastball.
Kudos to Justin U, Gose, Verhagen and Green.
Bring it on MLB. The Tigers are roaring back1

Helluva game by Kinsler- in the field as well. He led the team while the Big Man was conspicuously quiet and subdued. 2nd time we agree already GK. I was thinking the exact same thing. All the emphasis on the bullpen makeover and base-running. Base-running was brutal tonight.
Two observations from tonight on the infrastructure of baseball. Why on earth doesn’t baseball institute a safe bag at 1st base? It is not nearly as contentious as the blocking the plate rule change or the sliding into 2nd change which have actually changed the game as we know it.
A simple rule that would not impact the actual play or game but would reduce serious injuries. We saw two instances where a major collision could have occurred. One where two batting champions could have had serious consequences. Guess baseball doesn’t want to admit that softball is ahead of the curve.
The other observation is Country Joe West giving credence to an electronic strike zone.
Too bad JV pitched so well but we have seen so many times the effect of a latter inning base hit that resulted in turning a well pitched game into a mediocre box score.
As good as the results were in the first 5 innings, JV will need to throw a lot harder to keep getting hitters out. 90 to 91 isn’t going to cut it.
Frankie was awful. Predictable and repetitive. I’m sure he will get better. It is not logical that the curse of the closer and the bullpen can continue like this.
Verhagen showed some fearlessness.
Upton surprised me in the field.
Gose hit one almost as far as Giancarlo!!!

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