Wednesday’s lineups: Tigers at Pirates

With no designated hitter slot, Victor Martinez returns to last week’s role as a pinch-hitter. The bottom half of the lineup moves up. Shane Greene, 0-for-5 with five strikeouts as a hitter last season, gets to bat in his first start of the season.

The Pirates were originally scheduled to start Francisco Liriano tonight, but he was scratched with hamstring discomfort yesterday. Ryan Vogelsong gets the start in his place. Thus, the Tigers miss out on a matchup against a left-hander, but a tough lefty who has fared well against them the last few years.

Note below the station changes for tonight, both TV and radio.

Gameday | TV: FSD Plus, MLB.TV | Radio: WWJ-AM 950, MLB Gameday Audio

tigerroarlogoTIGERS (career numbers vs. Vogelsong)

  1. Ian Kinsler, 2B (0-for-4)
  2. Justin Upton, LF (9-for-28, 3 doubles, triples, 3 walks, 11 K’s)
  3. Miguel Cabrera, 1B (2-for-8, walk, 2 K’s)
  4. J.D. Martinez, RF (2-for-7, 2 doubles, K)
  5. Nick Castellanos, 3B
  6. Jarrod Saltalamacchia, C (0-for-1, 2 walks, K)
  7. Jose Iglesias, SS
  8. Anthony Gose, CF
  9. Shane Greene, P

swashbucklerlogoPIRATES (career numbers against Greene)

  1. John Jaso, 1B
  2. Andrew McCutchen, CF (0-for-3)
  3. David Freese, 3B (0-for-1)
  4. Starling Marte, LF
  5. Francisco Cervelli, C (1-for-3, K)
  6. Gregory Polanco, RF (0-for-3)
  7. Josh Harrison, 2B (1-for-3)
  8. Jordy Mercer, SS (0-for-3)
  9. Ryan Vogelsong, P


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2 batters in this ump already passing me off….Greenegg better get same strike zone

Pissing that is

Yep ump is obviously crap the three pitches he called balls that Greene threw were actual strikes…unlike some strike calls he gave Voogelson

He has the biggest strike zone in MLB. He is inconsistent ..for both sides

He hasn’t been inconsistent for both sides yet

If that is the improved version of Castellanos…

Oh, geez. Too many pitches already. Let’s get a DP here.


He is just a younger, cheaper, Pelfrey . He needs good defense ( not the DH at 3B)

Yep ump couldn’t be more obvious if he tried..


Salty. Salty, Salty!

Salty looks like a decent backup at a reasonable price. Avila may have struck gold for what the Tigers needed, a LHB with a little pop. But, Mc is the man defensively. I’m just not sure he will ever be much of a hitter. But that’s not not really why he is the starter.

And when I say some pop, he did have a season where he hit 25 HRs in only about 400 ABs. Otherwise, averaged out with 500 ABs/season, he looks good for 20 HRs per season.

Greene turned in the second best performance by a Starter thus far this season. Plus, he did a nice job with his save against Miami. Hopefully, Sanchez, JV and Pelfrey step it up and the rotation proves formidable instead of a constant worry, at least for me.

Well, Upton is obviously no Cespedes. He looks more like Rajai without the athleticism to compensate for his mistakes. I’m still not willing to crown him the new Delmon.

PR for Vmart?

Gose is 2 for 4 with a nice hit against Luebke in the 9th. But I wouldn’t mind seeing him laying one down against nearly every LHP because of his splits. He is a defense-first up-the-middle player with a high skill level. I don’t much care what the Fantasy people say. I know what I see and he is reliable. I think his metrics stuff is subjective, particularly because he plays so shallow. According to some experts playing shallow can take away more offense than playing deep and letting balls drop in. The skill-set, park et al are all important variables to consider.

Feliz has been my gamble- choice of the year. as reflected by my many comments. 5 appearances and only 1 hit total, given up on a ball that should have been handled according to our resident FSD homer, Rod. So then he finished it with the K he blew by the hitter. NICE GAMBLE so far by the Pirates this season.

Kudos to K-Rod. Not clean, but not something Nathan showed us. More tests to come. I’m hopeful, but still don’t feel good about him.

Same here I am on the edge of my seat when he takes the mound .

Well, Mr. Greene Jeans showed us more than Mike Pelfry or Verlander for that matter.
Getting out of the first with only 2 for the Bucs was critical. And lo and behold, along comes Salty, and the Pirates nearly swallow their tongues. Tigers made a good adjustment against Vogelsong after three. Our offense then gave us enough, so we could play Bullpen Hold. Thankfully we held. Three things to really like about the game:
1. Greene’s In Game adjustment from inning one, was one of the best I’ve seen in a long time. Definitely returning to 2014 form.
2. Absolutely think the J Wilson trade will prove to be one of Avila’s smartest moves.
Loved you Al Al, but you just couldn’t get it done.
3. The two Gose hits to left were a sign of improved hitting discipline for our Center Fielder.
Kudos to Salty again, Julio, and our most under appreciated star, Ian K. The guy just exudes every day MLB professionalism.
Tomorrow’s match should be a dandy. Our hitters must be ready for the Buc Ace. Z-Man has faced the Bucs enough and should be very comfortable.

I watched Simon’s lowlights against the Cubs. He was terrible. Of course, he was great his first game against the Pirates, allowing only 1 ER and striking out 7 in 5 innings. Does that scenario sound familiar?

Did not see much of the game – way to go Salty! Sounds like Greene had a great game and adjusted very nicely, good news for the good guys.

Apperantly Rondon has a hamstring issue…..the beat goes on.

Sorry for the typo above. Ugly.
Top half of lineup better be whacking and running because I expect we are not gonna get much out of the 6 thru 9 hitters today.

Greene had a good outing at PNC park . Good to get the win headed out on a road trip . Lets keep it up .

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