Tuesday’s lineup: Tigers at Royals

  
The Tigers are coming off an off-day, but Nick Castellanos is 1-for-11 lifetime against Yordano Ventura. That provides some reason behind him being out of the lineup despite his hot start. He took ground balls from infield coach Omar Vizquel this afternoon, so it’s not injury. Mike Aviles gets his first start since April 9. It’s more of a day-on for Aviles, Ausmus said, than a day off for Castellanos.

“We have such a set lineup that, especially now with all the off-days we’ve had and the rainout, it’s tough right now to find these guys spots to play,” Ausmus said. “Especially when at some of the positions the regulars are swinging the bat well, it makes you pause and go, ‘Well, do I want to take him out?’ But I can’t have Mike Aviles sit on the bench for two weeks and then ask him to pinch-hit in a game to win it. He’s got to get some at-bats.”

The Royals recalled Jarrod Dyson today and put him in the lineup in right field. Add in Terrence Gore on the bench, and Kansas City has enough speed to test Jarrod Saltalamacchia and the Tigers bullpen late.

Note that with the Red Wings back at it tonight, the Tigers telecast moves to FSD Plus. The radio broadcast moves to WWJ AM 950.

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

tigerslogoTIGERS (career numbers vs. Ventura)

  1. Ian Kinsler, 2B (5-for-13, double, walk, 3 K’s)
  2. Justin Upton, LF
  3. Miguel Cabrera, 1B (2-for-7, walk, 2 K’s)
  4. Victor Martinez, DH (4-for-13, 2 HR, 2 walks, 2 K’s)
  5. J.D. Martinez, RF (4-for-11, 2 doubles, 4 walks, 3 K’s)
  6. Jarrod Saltalamacchia, C
  7. Mike Aviles, 3B (1-for-5, walk, K)
  8. Anthony Gose, CF (4-for-10, 2 walks, 6 K’s)
  9. Jose Iglesias, SS (2-for-9, K)

P: Shane Greene

royalslogonotextROYALS (career numbers off Greene)

  1. Alcides Escobar, SS (1-for-6, K)
  2. Mike Moustakas, 3B (1-for-2)
  3. Lorenzo Cain, CF (0-for-3)
  4. Eric Hosmer, 1B (2-for-5)
  5. Kendrys Morales, DH (1-for-3, double, K)
  6. Alex Gordon, LF (1-for-5, double, walk, K)
  7. Salvador Perez, C (0-for-6, K)
  8. Omar Infante, 2B (0-for-6, 2 K’s)
  9. Jarrod Dyson, RF

P: Yordano Ventura

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Most consistent hitter right now not playing…

As Jason explained, 1 for 11 .
He also wrote about him and his 464 Babip .Also tweeted :No walks so far.
The guy is due for regression

Which to me is exactly why you use him now whIle he’s hot……if you want to rest someone Rest 2-3-4 whom are not performing

Miggy can’t hit .262, VMart can’t hit .267 and J-UP can’t hit .240 for the season, this is the series where they will break out of their slumps. Royals as opponents, hitting at the “K”, Miggy and Victor hit well there too! Just get inside Ventura’s head as he is a nut case when you intimidate/antagonize him. I heard the Royals think they got this series won with Game #1 & #3 matchups and believe Ian can outpitch JZimm too!

Ventura can get rattled. Very Jered Weaver-like in that regard…

#4 920 OPS and 7 RBI despite 4 games in NL parks.One more RBI than #5 with 4 games less.

There is more than BA

I know your their publicist but ….well jd is unlikely to have greater rbi because 2-3-4 are almost never on base in front of him. Miguel has had zero production he’s unable to even hit a sac fly he’s weakly grounding out 1/3 of the time when there are men on base and striking out about 1/4 of the time.
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4 of the highest paid players on this team are stinking up the field….(JV Upton V-Mart and Miggy)

Victor OPS 920. Castellanos 920
wOBA393/391
ISO 300/214
K/9 8.8/30.2
RBI 7/8
But BABIP 267/464. The later has been lucky beyond description
Victor is performing. WAR 0.1 vs 0.0 for Castellanos. A DH starts WAR with big handicap
He is 12nd in games played but would be 4or 5th in most offensive categories among DH ( does not qualify due to his 34 PA)
The hottest bat is the catcher nobody wanted

JD RBI: 6 Actual Runners on Base: 33
RBI: 7 Actual Runners on Base: 22

Victor Martinez — PA: 34 RBI: 7 ML Avg. Player with PA: 34 RBI: 3

RBI: 7 Actual Runners on Base: 22 (Victor)

Are you kidding me? This small sample Fantasy baseball is ridiculous. Probably the majority of us have followed the game, if not the Tigers, for decades. We should know the nature of the game better than this. Given roughly 600 ABs, then roughly, V-Mart finishes with 140 RBIs, Salty with 150, and Miggy with 60. I challenge any lunatic among you to bet me on those finishes. .

For clarification,those are Fantasy numbers and not mine.Any takers on the Miggy numbers? Any of the other numbers? NONE of that is happening. .

Sorry but this had been going on for quite some time…it’s not small sample size….but I forgot I forgot you can’t criticize Miguel or Victor.
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My whole point in my original comment was that keep Nick out there while he’s hot. But it becomes the usual can’t expect better from Victor or Miggy

Hey, I get your frustration and crying about short-term results. I myself am whining about long-term projections based upon short-term results. We are fans and have been for years.

I get your point and can get both sides of the issue. My response was beyond that and not about your comment.

And I think jay’s earlier comment about impact players not performing below their norm pretty much summed up the essential concepts despite all the later Fantasy numbers/projections.

Yep way to go……strikeout and weak popup with the bases juiced….seriously wasted opportunity. Seriously Unacceptable

Bases loaded and Miggy can’t even produce a sac fly? They are in deep doo-doo if that keeps up.

Well nobody is passing the “eye test” tonight so far. Unless it is an ugly contest.
It is frustrating to watch and it is scary to think that for all the talk it can’t continue. The fact is it is likely that these awful slumps are going to have to be dealt with at various times this year and quite possibly, frequently.
Poor play is contagious. Especially from the top down. The Tigers fall victim to this more than you want to see. Compare them with the Royals and I think it is very evident the Royals do not play poor baseball for long periods of time.
Does Miggy deserve the criticism. Does any player “deserve” criitcism? Yes, he gets paid to hit baseballs and he gets paid to be a figure in the public’s eye. It comes with the territory. He is not hitting nor is he swinging the bat very well. He’s gonna get criticism regardless.
We are already seeing the problems on this team that may a factor in determining whether this team is a winner or a loser this year.
They are slow, they are stubborn, they do not follow through with things emphasized in Spring Training, their starting pitching is iffy and will tax an improved bullpen, they are challenged by the lack of consistent threat from the left side of the plate, (yes I am aware of Salty and Marty).

Pelfrey II neeeds a solid defense. The walks did not hel either

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Tigers gameday” This is the sixth time Greene has surrendered six or more runs while with the Tigers (18 starts).”

Upton on base for the 3rd time

I’m not hopeful or impressed with 60% of the starting pitchers. Verlander, Greene and Palfrey are no better than .500 pitchers that will not be able to go deep into games to save the “improved” bullpen. The Jury is still out on Sanchez as well, so that leaves Zimm and the youngsters. I hope to see Norris soon and for that matter, Fulmer as well starting games in the “D” and showing their pitching capabilities. Perhaps Boyd and Farmer could help out too. The bats need to come around sooner than later. I’m thankful for Salty, Ian and Casty’s performance to date.

The obvious story is LOB. Miggy 6, Victor 4 and Aviles 5 = 15. They only needed 3 to take the game. And why not give Casty’s hot bat a shot at a pitcher he has had trouble with in the past? I’m not excusing Greene at all but was this another Ausmus blunder with benching Casty?

So much for Fantasy Baseball and small samples… Coming into today, Greene was dynamite. He had a 2.57 ERA with 1 Save and a 1-0 record on top of a.130BA Against with a ,086 WHIP. Hey, everybody screws up. We commenters cannot even get through a blog without a ton of grammatical errors let alone play a game of baseball without fouling up.

I’ve never seen Miggy strike out 4 times in one game, and leave so many on base. There’s no excuse for leaving 11 on base, regardless of the pitching. I would have not brought Hardy in under the circumstances; would have used Ryan; if I use Hardy i get the lefty batter out, and move to Verhagen. Is Aviles only going to play for Casty? I thought he could play 6 or 7 positions. Run with the hot bat; we’ve got plenty of “not” bats right now. If a pitcher can’t throw strikes, he should become a farmer. Greene had no chance because he was always pitching from behind. These starters have got to stop going through 35-40 pitch innings. If they can’t do, it, bring on Boyd, Norris, and Fulmer. 2-5 need to start hitting consistently, or we are toast early. Still, there were three things to like about the game:
1. Salty’s hitting is just about keeping us in every game.
2. Miggy’s great defensive play at first base.
3. After it was all said and done, we had the tying run at the plate, after being down 8-2.

Kudos to Ian, Salty, and Ryan. Question of the night: What do you do with Salty, when McCann returns? We better be fully prepared tomorrow to take a W. Thinking about Pelfrey on the mound Thursday does not make me very confident.

Salty will be the backup catcher and 1st baseman. He can also DH when Victor goes down again.
This team needs to play a “good” tonight. They embarrassed themselves last night.

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