Wednesday’s lineups: Tigers at Marlins

Jarrod Saltalamacchia caught Jose Fernandez in all eight of his starts in 2014 before Fernandez was shelved with an elbow injury.  Tonight, Saltalamacchia gets to face him.

“I know what he’s capable of doing when he’s not healthy and what he’s capable of doing when he’s healthy,” Saltalamacchia said. “He’s a good pitcher, throws hard obviously. He’s got good offspeed pitches that he can throw for strikes and obviously for chase. The key with him, I think, is just not trying to do too much. … You just have to take what he gives you.”

That’s the only major change in the Tigers lineup. The only other Tigers position player familiar with Fernandez is Justin Upton, and he’s 0-for-10 with seven strikeouts off him. The Marlins lineup remains the same.

Reminder: Tonight’s game is a Fox Sports Detroit Plus matchup with both the Pistons and Red Wings playing tonight.

Gameday | TV: FSD Plus, MLB.TV | Radio: 97.1 FM, MLB Gameday Audio



  1. Ian Kinsler, 2B
  2. Justin Upton, LF (0-for-10, 7 K’s vs. Fernandez)
  3. Miguel Cabrera, 1B
  4. J.D. Martinez, RF
  5. Nick Castellanos, 3B
  6. Jarrod Saltalamacchia, C
  7. Jose Iglesias, SS
  8. Anthony Gose, CF
  9. Anibal Sanchez

marlins logoMARLINS (career numbers off Sanchez)

  1. Dee Gordon, 2B (2-for-3)
  2. Marcell Ozuna, CF
  3. Christian Yelich, LF (1-for-2, K)
  4. Giancarlo Stanton, RF (0-for-2, K)
  5. Martin Prado, 3B (14-for-34, double, HR, walk)
  6. Justin Bour, 1B
  7. J.T. Realmuto, C
  8. Adeiny Hechavarria, SS (0-for-4, 2 K’s)
  9. Jose Fernandez, P


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Can’t see Anibal holding off these guys and I doubt we will score again off Fernandez.
The hitters’ strategy seems to wearing him out with strikes and strike-outs.

He is just 2 outs short of JV. Time to call the BP

Wrong again. And glad I am.

I would have had Victor hit for Anibal with those sacs juiced up like that. They have Ryan out there who could throw a couple.

I was thinking the same, he seemed about done the half inning before.

Duh, brad. He had thrown near 80 pitches, coming off an arm problem, sat through a long inning. Need to understand when to take advantage of the other team. Victor coming up there would have been very tense for Miami and could have locked up the game.

Who is the genius calling outside pitches with the shift on? Twice in two games for VerHagen, different catchers

Not a good outing :2 IR scored

Agreed. Verhagen is on when he is getting ground balls. He was up in the zone.
The decision of not PHing for Anibal will weigh heavy for 3 more innings.

Victor just solved that problem. LOL.

About that V-mart contract ……. When he has his knees, he is still a great hitter.
— Bob

Victor is something else.

Run to home to keep the inning alive. Avoid the DP
2 on is better than one on and 2 outs

Oh wow another bait game with nails bitten off . Good guys get the win again .

Good start to the season guys
Now come on home, Detroit’s waiting for you.

Salty, Salty, Salty. I like that guy.

Enough of A-Rod and K-Rod! How about V-Rod? Pretty good for old worn out knees. Hit himself into the record books. And then there’s Saltawhat’shisname? Where do we get these retreads? Take that Dave Dombrowski. Four RBI’s for the back up catcher.
Beware of those Motor City Kittys, What a great win for our guys against Cy Young this evening. He’s got stuff, but we got more. Just a really good way to start the season.
1. Anabal kept the ball in the park.
2. Never looked back after the Salty Tater. Lead from A to Z.
3. That power arm of JW is going to pay off suring the year.
Kudos also to Nicky, Miggy, and Ian. Ah, shucks, kudos to everybody. Pinstripes on the way.

VICTOR!!!!!! How fun was that? Had heartburn watching the end again, but glad to see it was stifled. Sanchez looked pretty good and I have to figure out how to pronounce and spell our backup catcher – what a bomb!

Just saw your post Kathy – Salty works for me!

Brad on not PHing for Anibal in the 6th: “I was hoping to get one more inning out of (Sanchez) to take a little of the stress off the bullpen,” he said. “And we knew that we could still have Victor for later. And it worked out for us because that shot gave us some breathing room.”
As to stressing the bullpen? It was the SECOND game of the season and both Kensing and Ryan hadn’t yet made an appearance. The 5-0 lead was not enough to feel comfortable about and it is not everyday you get a chance to put VMart up with the bases loaded. Basically what Brad did not say is that he thought conceding the inning was OK to do.

If I were to say that I thought Anibal should have been pinch hit for in the 6th because it was a chance to blow the game open and that Sanchez was about done, and then the bullpen had to get all three outs in the 6th anyway, it would sound like a was saying it in hindsight. So even though I thought just that, I won’t say it.
I also don’t want to say that I thought Frankie should have just pitched the entire 9th inning. It’s a simple game that is sometimes made difficult.

Well, I did say it before the 6th. That he started the ST late was the main factor to consider

Yesterday, with his hit 2334 became fourth among Venezuelans in career hits leaving behind Andrés Galarraga.
Omar Vizquel (2.877), Luis Aparicio (2.677) . Bob Abreu (2.470)

Moya was 3 x 4 today with two dingers. Boyd pitched extremely well.
Too bad Moya can’t play CF. The guy is totally blocked on a team that actually needs a LH power bat. Go figure.

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