Saturday’s lineups: Tigers vs. Yankees

Day off for Nick Castellanos after his four-hit game. Mike Aviles gets the start at third.

“He’s fine Really, it’s not a day off for him. It’s that Mike Aviles needs to play,” Brad Ausmus said. “You have to use the full roster. If you’re going to ask these guys to perform in big situations, they have to get some at-bats and some starts. Nick will be back in there tomorrow.”

Ausmus said he had Saturday in his mind as the day he wanted to play Aviles, 9-for-25 for his career against CC Sabathia. Castellanos’ perform threw a wrinkle into his plan, but he decided to stick with it.

“It certainly made me pause before I did it,” Ausmus said, “but you still have to do what I think is best in the long haul.”

The Yankees return A-Rod, Brian McCann and Carlos Beltran to their lineup after a day of rest Friday.

tigerhitterlogoTIGERS (career numbers off Sabathia)

  1. Ian Kinsler, 2B (8-for-31, 2 HR, 3 walks, 4 K’s)
  2. Justin Upton, LF
  3. Miguel Cabrera, 1B (11-for-37, 2 doubles, 3 HR, 8 walks, 4 K’s)
  4. Victor Martinez, DH (7-for-35, double, 2 HR, 3 walks, 5 K’s)
  5. J.D. Martinez, RF (1-for-3, K)
  6. James McCann, C (0-for-2)
  7. Jose Iglesias, SS (6-for-13, walk)
  8. Mike Aviles, 3B (9-for-25, 2 doubles, 3 K’s)
  9. Anthony Gose, CF

P: Mike Pelfrey

yankeeslogo2YANKEES

  1. Jacoby Ellsbury, CF (2-for-6, double, K)
  2. Brett Gardner, LF (6-for-16, 3 K’s)
  3. Alex Rodriguez, DH (5-for-16, 2 walks, 4 K’s)
  4. Mark Teixeira, 1B (5-for-22, double, HR, walk, 3 K’s)
  5. Brian McCann, C (19-for-42, 8 doubles, 2 HR, 6 walks, 4 K’s)
  6. Carlos Beltran, RF (2-for-3, double)
  7. Starlin Castro, 2B (1-for-3)
  8. Didi Gregorius, SS (0-for-1)
  9. Ronald Torreyes, 3B

P: CC Sabathia

 

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Early in his 4th game as a Tiger Upton is whiffing at a rate of over twice a game.
I think his will be a name often referred to on this Blog

And that will be unfair because his SO/9 wont be the highest and his OBP will be among the highest of the team

Having Aviles in CF was a better way to give him work . Instead of the Gose´s career 204 .261 .270 .531 vs LHP

I guess that may be debatable. I think he will strike out more than anyone else on this team. I also think he will be close to .270 with 25 HRs and 100 RBIs
At least I hope he can come up with those kind of numbers. It would be nice to see a little more discipline at the plate.

His career SO/9 and season total are below the new an improved JD and Gose.
He is impatient at the plate, JD is very patience and both get the same results

Again, they put the shift and they pitch outside. They missed some classes

Pelfrey digging a deep hole with no support yet.

And there’s what so many have feared about Pelfrey.

Now Aviles wins the game

The signing bugged me then and bugs me now. Mainly because he was paid like a front of the rotation type acquisition. He does have a pretty sweet sinker but not having a fastball to set things up is gonna hurt him.

I had them beginning 2-3 . So far, so good

Well, Mike Pelfrey ends up being Mike Pelfrey; not the pitcher during Spring Training, but the pitcher with a career track record of not being very good. Sad to say that we have better alternatives as starters, but at 8 M, he gets the ball every fourth game. Disagree with Nicky out of the lineup too. How long do you substitute defensively, and pull him like clockwork. How will he ever do well during crunch time? If’ he’s your third sacker, play him there, or get someone else. 3-4-5 took a nap today; should have driven CC earliy:
1. The Miggy, Ian, Logan DP was very nice.
2. JMac’s peg and overall defense kept the game closer.
3. Even with the HR to Beltran, Farmer shows good enough stuff to make it eventually.
Would love to see a good effor with JV tomorrow so we could at least take the series.
Wouldn’t Dylan Betances look good in an old English D uniform?

Another thing that would look good: Victor beating the shift. If anybody can handle the bat Victor can. Why on earth does he not punch a few balls to the left field side? It may require him to run the bases more but it would boost his OBP and eventually open up more of RF for him again.

Norris unassigned as yet. Wilson got bombed in Lakeland the other day against Single A Advanced hitters. Maybin playing some CF and DH. Hardy had a good outing (inning) yesterday.
The other guy the Tigers got in the Jays deal (Labourt) had 8 Ks in 4 IP in the same game Hardy pitched.

I’ve commented several times about Pelfrey, Kensing and Sanchez. So, I won’t belabor the point. But, I hold my breath and cross my fingers every time one of those guys takes the mound.

Kensing is just another way of spelling mediocrity (at best). Very surprised he made the club. I guess he is more of a message to Rondon than anything actually functional.
Pelfrey is a bit of an enigma. He can throw around 92 or so but doesn’t throw a lot of fastballs. Has a great splitter. Tonnes of ground balls. He is intelligent, has good size and experienced.
So why can’t he get better results?

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