Tuesday’s lineups: Tigers vs. Pirates

Jarrod Saltalamacchia begins what should be a stretch of 2-4 weeks as the Tigers’ regular catcher. Bobby Wilson will get some starts, but the bulk of the work falls on Saltalamacchia, who has worked with the pitching staff since spring training. Thus, it’s pretty much a regular lineup for the Tigers against Pirates starter Juan Nicasio.

On the Pirates’ side, Matt Joyce not only gets another start at DH, he’s leading off against Anibal Sanchez. Michael Morse gets a start at first base over John Jaso, while David Freese slots in at third.

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tigerhitterlogoTIGERS (career numbers vs. Nicasio)

  1. Ian Kinsler, 2B
  2. Justin Upton, LF (5-for-11, 3 doubles, 4 walks, 3 K’s)
  3. Miguel Cabrera, 1B
  4. Victor Martinez, DH
  5. J.D. Martinez, RF (3-for-9, 3 K’s)
  6. Nick Castellanos, 3B
  7. Jarrod Saltalamacchia, C (0-for-5, 5 K’s)
  8. Anthony Gose, CF
  9. Jose Iglesias, SS (1-for-2)

P: Anibal Sanchez

pirateslogo2PIRATES (career numbers off Sanchez)

  1. Matt Joyce, DH (5-for-18, double, 2 triples, HR, 5 K’s)
  2. Andrew McCutchen, CF (4-for-16, walk, 7 K’s)
  3. David Freese, 3B (3-for-8, 2 doubles, walk, 2 K’s)
  4. Starling Marte, LF (1-for-7, 3 K’s)
  5. Francisco Cervelli, C (1-for-3, K)
  6. Gregory Polanco, RF (1-for-3, double, K)
  7. Josh Harrison, 2B (2-for-6, HR)
  8. Michael Morse, 1B (4-for-18, double, 8 K’s)
  9. Jordy Mercer, SS (3-for-8, double, 2 K’s)

P: Juan Nicasio


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Hopefully the pitchers do there jobs today! Last two games 39 base runners allowed in 18 innings. Recipe for a loss every single time especially when bats quiet.

I wouldn’t mind a well-played game on the base paths too. A contribution from (does he only “look” disinterested?) J-Up would be nice as well.
Somebody please tell Anthony he doesn’t need to take two strikes and that it is OK to try to hit to LF. Might as well let him know that he is also permitted to steal bases.
Victor could be the best LHB taking advantage of over-shifts if only he was willing to get on base and run bases.

I hope Salty really wants to make an impression these nest three weeks.
Not much chance of seeing Wilson being used as the guy is hitting .204 in over 600 plate appearances in the Majors.

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We have witnessed some pretty poor at bats the last two innings. These are the kinds of scenarios that often allow the other team to get back into the game.

Cy Lobstien on the mound

8 lob

Sanchie was within 1 pitch of getting out of that inning unscathed.
But our hitters are responsible for letting the Pirates back into it.
Wow J-Up got “interested”.
Time for Miggy to be a SuperStar right now with two on and nobody out

Back in the winning column today. Poor old Nicky seemed a little lost at the plate today. And J-UP happened to be on a good run. He really had a great day offensively.
Anabal, except for the second, looked like our old Annabal, steady and dependable
Holding the Bucs to five hits was an accomplishment for the pitchers.There were three things that I really liked about today’s game:
1. Verhagen- grounder, grounder, grounder.
2. Miggey’s super play in the 9th.
3. Getting the early lead against a hard thrower, who fortunately for us couldn’t find the barn today.
Kudos to Julio, Victor, J-UP, and Steady Ian. Also to the Pen overall. Tomorrow, we finally see if Mr. Green Jeans has ironed out the kinks. If so, could be a very nice evening. The guys must be ready for Liriano’s slider. Maybe he’ll be unable to throw it
effectively enough to strike out Nick 4 times. Go Tigers!

ESPN:Justin Upton (@tigers): 17th 450-ft HR since the start of 2009, 2nd in MLB behind Giancarlo Stanton (29)

Liriano scratched . Vogelson

Good outing for Sanchez . Maybe he is back where he should be . Nice for us to see J-UP still has home run power .

Sanchez was better today than most of the other starters, but still has room for improvement Things are looking more hopeful, assuming the rest of the rotation can build off JZ and Sanchez can keep moving forward and go deeper into games.

And VerHagen looks like a plus so far.

Greene hasn’t thrown in a week, since he picked up the save against Miami. Who knows what we will get?

Parnell and Rondon both threw well today. Jiminez struck out the side for Lakeland to get save #1. 18 pitches and 14 were strikes

Jiminez is going to move up the chain very quickly this year.
Sure wish Salty made more contact. Perhaps he is THE guy (LHB) on the team that learns to take advantage of over-shifting.
I know Victor could do it easily but the guy is as close to Ted Williams as anyone so maybe he can just keep whacking line drives thru and past.
It’s a shame about McCann. I think he will be more of an impact player on this team than Casty will be. There is something still immature about Nick though I do think his ability to hit is still untapped.

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