Monday’s lineups: Tigers vs. Pirates

It’s a cloudy, foggy morning around Detroit, and it might stay that way for most of the afternoon but the skies appear to be clearing for afternoon. But it’s dry and, most importantly, warmer. After the last few days, temperatures in the 50s feel balmy, even to somebody who was in Florida for two months.

Much like Brad Ausmus worked to find a start for Mike Aviles on Saturday, he did the same with Tyler Collins today. He’ll start in center field against Pirates lefty Jonathon Niese.

The Pirates bring back former Tigers outfielder Matt Joyce to DH against Justin Verlander, who went from gearing up to face the Yankees to prepping for the Pirates.

MLB Network is carrying the broadcast today for those of you outside of Detroit.

Gameday | TV: Fox Sports Detroit, MLB Network, MLB.TV | Radio: 97.1 FM, MLB Gameday Audio

tigerslogoTIGERS (career numbers against Niese)

  1. Ian Kinsler, 2B (1-for-1, 2 walks)
  2. Justin Upton, LF (9-for-26, double, 3 walks, 4 K’s)
  3. Miguel Cabrera, 1B (1-for-3, double, K)
  4. Victor Martinez, DH
  5. J.D. Martinez, RF (1-for-2)
  6. Nick Castellanos, 3B
  7. James McCann, C
  8. Tyler Collins, CF
  9. Jose Iglesias, SS

P: Justin Verlander

pirateslogoPIRATES (career numbers vs. Verlander)

  1. John Jaso, 1B (2-for-16, walk, 4 K’s)
  2. Andrew McCutchen, CF (3-for-15, 2 doubles, 4 walks, 3 K’s)
  3. Matt Joyce, DH (6-for-17, double, 2 HR, 2 walks, 6 K’s)
  4. Starling Marte, LF (2-for-3, triple)
  5. Francisco Cervelli, C (1-for-6, double, K)
  6. Gregory Polanco, RF (1-for-3, walk)
  7. Josh Harrison, 2B (2-for-10, K)
  8. Sean Rodriguez, 3B (2-for-7, 2 doubles, 2 K’s)
  9. Jordy Mercer, SS (2-for-3)

P: Jonathon Niese


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I see JV is on his game, 90 pitches in the 4th and down 5-1 already! Get ready for the BP to be taxed thanks to the “Ace”?

Not sure why Brad plays his infield in with the way JV is throwing.
Unless he starts to become a ground ball pitcher and take advantage of his infielders he is unlikely to have a season he can be proud of.
At least he has found some velocity but he refuses to throw fastballs down in the strike zone.

According to brooknet Pitches F/X , All those change-ups in the first outing were ” fastballs” at 90 MPH.

He had to keep him there. He cant end without BP in the first game

Another run right past the 3rd baseman. I’ve seen enough.

VerHagen, 4 IR of 4 scored

Back to a point I made the other day (which no one commented on)—why not a “Safe Bag” at 1st base.
The rule changers are breaking traditions and instituting dramatic changes in the way the game is played and yet this very obvious safety issue is overlooked.

Dan, I am glad to see the high schools and young are using these, no reason not too. I am finding interesting differences in the kids sports – my daughter is playing fastpitch softball and has to wear a mask in the field and on her batting helmet, my boy in baseball wears nothing. They must not want to protect the boys as much I suppose.

I have always felt the Tigers did not match up well with the Pirates. How did they do in the 4 games against them in 2015?


Well justhat got home…6th inning I guess Verlander didn’t have anything today to contribute…hit and hard it looks like.

Kensing with the first 0

first pitch

we call that making him a pitcher.

Nice base running

JV wasn’t fooling anyone today, deep pitch counts on every batter early, 4-seamer low-mid 90’s or high 80’s slider they were fouling off both pitches or hitting them hard.
JV is not worth 28MM.

Yea, you are probably right. Though, I am sure he brings a lot of fans to the ballpark. You could argue his decline was predictable, but he was one of the best pitchers in the game when he signed the contract.

Pretty disappointed…..

So am I . Gotta give Jv a couple more starts . Just don’t want to throw the towel in yet .

Jason: Ausmus said may need time on DL. Awaiting MRI.

McCann could end up on the DL. Even some simple ankle sprains sometime need a couple of weeks rest

JV does his best impression of Pelfrey at the wrong time. This is one of the worst outings I have ever seen from him. On top of that, six hits from what I thought was a solid line up. On top of that, we lose our cannon for who knows how long. How about that Holladay trade:
1. The Kinsler play to start the DP.
2. 7-8-9 BP did a decent job.
3. When Verlander was taken out in the fifth, he didn’t storm off like a two year old.
Nice Homer by Nick and Julio. No clutch hitting at all. Didn’t cause the loss, but maybe the worst calling by an umpire that I’ve seen in a long time. Somebody needs to lead the charge.

It’s early, but the pitching continues to worry me.The results look way too similar to what happened last season. The team ERA is 4.79, with the Starters at 6.23.

Yea😦. the only starter that has looked good was Zimmerman.

Went to the game today hoping to see a gem by JV, he sure was off. Had great seats for a bad game.
Not baseball related……it sure is exciting seeing the new home for the Red Wings go up.

These SP’s are not impressive at all. The Tigs may now have a BP but can’t turn the lead over to them so it may not matter. I know its only 5 games into the season but we can’t beat last years playoff teams and Royals have been lucky 3 games already for “W”‘s. I see a .500 team in the works this year.

When I saw the replay of McCann’s ankle turning at first base, I just cringed. He easily could have broken it.

Verlander is 33 YO. 35 K pitches in 2117 IP. His second half 2015 gives some hope but his decline seems to be accelerating

This is vintage JV. With the exception of a couple of years, he has always stunk in April.

Bobby Wilson called up

Collision at 1B would be even more infrequent , if players follows the current rules. First basemen should keep their feet inside the lines:
“When the ball is put in play at the start of, or during a game, all fielders other than the catcher shall be on fair territory.” but every single 1B stands behind 1B with runners on.
And runners must learn how to run, the white box drawn there is for running inside it.
If they do that, there will be no collisions but for fielder going to cover 1B
It is whole different situation with guys like Utley or Rasmus or Gardner tackling the fielder.

It’s basic. Baseball needs a a “Safe Bag”.
It’s not just the 1st basemen. It is also the 2nd baseman covering on bunts and what a circus it can be if you have a pitcher covering the bag sometimes.
There is zero reason why this basic safety feature is not used–other than tradition, which rule makers have been flying in the face of for years now.

When is The Tigers gonna get a “Closer”?? K-Rod Sucks!! Papa Grande must be related to K-Rod because Our Pitchers worked their asses off, and then K-Rod gives up Two Home Runs!! WTF??

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