Wednesday’s lineups: Tigers at Royals

The regulars are in on both sides. The top third of the Tigers order is a combined 11-for-22 against Royals starter Ian Kennedy, who will face Detroit for the third time since he was part of the Max Scherzer/Curtis Granderson three-way trade at the 2009 Winter Meetings. Victor Martinez is back in the lineup after taking Kelvin Herrera’s slider off his right knee last night.

“It could’ve been a lot worse,” Martinez said today.

With the Pistons resuming their Eastern Conference playoff series in Cleveland tonight, the Tigers are back on Fox Sports Detroit Plus. They’re also on ESPN outside of the Detroit market. However, they’re back on 97.1 FM for a night.

Gameday | TV: ESPN, FSD Plus, MLB.TV | Radio: 97.1 FM, MLB Gameday Audio

tigers1957logoTIGERS (career numbers off Kennedy)

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

P: Jordan Zimmermann

sluggerrrrROYALS (career numbers vs. Zimmermann)

  1. Alcides Escobar, SS (1-for-3)
  2. Mike Moustakas, 3B (1-for-3)
  3. Lorenzo Cain, CF
  4. Eric Hosmer, 1B (1-for-4, K)
  5. Kendrys Morales, DH (2-for-3)
  6. Alex Gordon, LF (0-for-4)
  7. Salvador Perez, C
  8. Omar Infante, 2B (3-for-17, triple, HR)
  9. Jarrod Dyson, RF

P: Ian Kennedy


We are damn lucky to have a winning record with the way the power numbers have fallen. Miggy and Upton with 1 homer each, JD with two, Victor with two. These guys were expected by many to be pushing 30 and a couple of them maybe even 40 by the time the snow flies again.
I am disappointed in Gose and in the way Ausmus has managed him. He has been effectively neutralized by his poor plate discipline and by the refusal of his manager to utilize his speed.
We are gonna need a pleasant surprise from Toledo to bolster this iffy rotation. Sooner if not later.

Those who I am officially worried about:


The DP was Baseball at his best

5 innings done. One run not enough.

The station to station base running is killing this team’s ability to put away KC! Nick thrown out at 3rd with No outs on a sacrifice with men on 1st and 2nd. J Zimm has pitched a gem so far.

J-Up lofts a fly ball to RF to end another potential rally with the 3rd out! This guy better start earning his dough real soon. Goes is worthless in his AB’s, bunts into a force out.

Nice defense tonight. Good BP so far. Oops as I write this Gordon homers…

Yes, at times KRod can be infuriating

but he gets the save

I’m still not ready to call K-Rod the New Nathan. But, I have gone from being uncomfortable with him as a Closer to being very, very uncomfortable.

Mr. Dependable did a very nice job once again. Although JZ wasn’t signed to be the ACE for the Tigers, he sure looks like he’s guy at this point. But, we’ll see how things sort out. It’s still early and sample sizes are small. And, that thinking applies to K-Rod as well.

JZ suddenly emerges as the new JV; we couldn’t ask for anything more than we’ve gotten from Mr. Zimmermann. Very impressed with his spunk and guts. Zero runs in 10 plus Innings. The others could learn a lesson or two. My question again is, where does Salty bat when McCann returns? My question also is why not give Collins a try in Gose’s spot; results would be no worse. My third question is,” will we ever get a bona fide closer in Detroit?” Thought Frankie was the answer; my confidence is wavering:
1. We led all the way; a must when you face the Royals.
2. Kinsler shows why he is Tiger MVP.
3. Iggy’s defense, not his base running, were critical to the win.
Kudos to Tiger MVP, Ian, Jordan, LoweWilson, and Victor. A really tough win: as I said in a previous post, this might be all, unless Mike Pelfrey goes through a total transformation against the Royals. Unlike us, they have no really weak links in their line up.

Well, for me the biggest stat for a close is saves per save opportunity. So far our closer is 3 of 4. Maybe he will notch it up to a higher level and start cursing through the 9th soon. I hope so.

Somehow Tigers get the win. Is this the same K-Rod that pitched for the Brewers and Mets ??

oops, meant to say cruising, as he was definitely cursing today…

I’m not sure I totally disagree with you. K-Rod has 4SVs in 5SVOs, an 80% Save Rate. By comparison, the much maligned Nathan had an 83% Save Rate (35 of 42) in his last full season with the Tigers. And the possibly even more maligned Papa Grande had a 1000% Save Rate (49 of 49) in 2011, followed by an 87.5% Save Rate (35 of 40) in 2012, Papa was released with a 75% Save Rate (9 of 12) in 2013. The point is, I think most fans are looking for more than Saves/Rates in Closers.

When Papa was released he couldn’t throw his dominant pitch anymore and his other pitches he couldn’t throw for a strike without it getting launched.

We expect more from K-Rod, he expect more from himself. You don’t want to see him struggle to throw strikes. And you don’t want to see him hit hard. If some good hitters beat you occasionally, it happens. But, I think it’s clear 2 of his outings he pitched below expectations and that can’t continue.

Per Mr. Beck on Twitter…K-Rod: “It’s just giving way too much credit to hitters. Walking the tying and go-ahead runs is something as a closer you cannot let happen.”… Even though I still got the job done, it’s quite embarrassing. It’s as simple as that.”

At least K-Rod stood up and said it like it is No excuses and no mitigating statements. Kudos to him.

It was not Iglesias´ fault. Vizquel sent him to second
A 50/50 share of catching duties. Saltalamacchia defense is not good enough, McCann bat neither

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