Saturday’s lineups: Tigers vs. Indians

Andrew Romine gets the start at shortstop with a day game after a night game. He and Jose Iglesias have virtually the same numbers off Corey Kluber. Anthony Gose returns to the lineup after two days off. The Indians keep Carlos Santana in the leadoff spot against Anibal Sanchez, while Rajai Davis takes his once-familiar spot in left field at Comerica Park.

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1945tigerslogoTIGERS (career numbers off Kluber)

  1. Ian Kinsler, 2B (5-for-20, triple, walk, 4 K’s)
  2. Justin Upton, LF
  3. Miguel Cabrera, 1B (20-for-35, 2 doubles, 5 HR, 2 walks, 6 K’s)
  4. Victor Martinez, DH (9-for-25, 3 HR, 3 walks, 3 K’s)
  5. J.D. Martinez, RF (5-for-14, double, HR, K)
  6. Nick Castellanos, 3B (5-for-15, double, 6 K’s)
  7. Jarrod Saltalamacchia, C (0-for-4, 3 K’s)
  8. Andrew Romine, SS (1-for-6, walk, 2 K’s)
  9. Anthony Gose, CF (1-for-5, HR, walk, 3 K’s)

P: Anibal Sanchez

clevelandlogo2INDIANS (career numbers against Sanchez)

  1. Carlos Santana, DH (5-for-20, double, triple, 2 walks, 4 K’s)
  2. Jason Kipnis, 2B (3-for-22, double, walk, 6 K’s)
  3. Francisco Lindor, SS
  4. Mike Napoli, 1B (4-for-9, double, 2 HR, 3 walks, 3 K’s)
  5. Yan Gomes, C (4-for-9, triple, HR, walk, 3 K’s)
  6. Jose Ramirez, 3B
  7. Lonnie Chisenhall, RF (4-for-15, walk, 4 K’s)
  8. Rajai Davis, LF
  9. Tyler Naquin, CF

P: Corey Kluber


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Will Rajai steal 3rd base today?
If he goes for it will Casty actually catch the ball?
Or will Salty cock to throw and lose the ball from his hand?
Inquiring minds want to know.
Expect zero from our 8 & 9 hitters today. Maybe then we can come away happy with any results from them.
Will Anibal be over 90 pitches by the 4th inning?
Will anyone get thrown out running the bases for us today?
Will Upton not strike out?
Will Miggy be Miggy again?
Will we get to se KRod in this series at all?

Misery loves company and Schadenfreude:
Texas:11 outs on base , first in MLB
And Fielder rmaking the Kinsler trade one of the best ever.

ERA at 7.06.
ERA at 5.79


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For your viewing pleasure:
Also every Tiger fan knows we are going to a Cy Young version of Kluber today and not the one that hitters have clubbed this year to a tune of 0-3 and +6.00 ERA

It goes without saying

Another crappy start for a Tigers pitcher

Had Gose done his job, no runs scored.

Yes, I was just going to post that we are starting to see a little “quit” in the team. Definitely saw it on the play you mentioned with Gose. I think he sees the writing on the wall with Maybin coming back.
Poor play is contagious and can also breed complacency and dissension.
Brad needs to get on top of this club and pull the reins in.
Just as expected, The Tigers look like they are going to remind Kluber that he is an ace. They have faced beaten up pitchers this year and turned them around.

Now, It is JD. I guess ha has to field the ball by himself too

Well, this add on runs are on him

CLUNK!!! Look out below. Get out of the way, Twins. Tigers headed for the basement.

I’ve got the Cleveland feed. The announcers noted Sanchez had a problem with HRs last season and also has one this season. The interpretation of events ranged from Sanchez hanging his curve to throwing fastballs up in the zone.. As far as Gose’s play went, they didn’t feel the ball probably hung up long enough for him to get to it.

They felt the ball probably didn’t hang up long enough for him to get to it.

Gut check time.

The problem with this team is that they are more than capable of playing like this at any time during the season.
I’ll stick my neck out right now and (I am prepared for criticism and beratement):
Why not trade JUp for a quality starting pitcher? His contract has an opt out clause which actually might attract another club.
I just don’t think this guy has a positive influence on this team.

Looks like J-UP is just passing thru . But I could be wrong again .

I don’t think you are wrong Dan. But 1 quality starting pitcher doesn’t fix this team.
Right now it appears with got a 1 reliable SP and 4 unreliable starters. The position players on paper seem good, but whens the last time we saw a complete week of good at bats from everyone or a game even. It feels like the wheels are coming off. Similar to last year, except we didn’t have an excellent start and injuries.
We haven’t started the Brad bashing yet, but maybe it’s getting to be that time. This started with 1 or 2 guys struggling, now they are all struggling. I am not sure he’s made any “mistakes” but, he sure doesn’t have his guys ready to play.

Jason: Miguel Cabrera’s grounder registered at 107 mph according to Statcast

Coupled with this: Babip. 267. There is hope

What an embarrassment…….we were going to head down to the game tomorrow but I gotta tell ya I wouldn’t give this team a dime.

When your stars and highest paid players aren’t doing their jobs (ie Upton Cabrera VMART etc) it’s now trickling down to everyone. Until the big guys decide to do what they are paid to do this team will continue to look like a high school team

How embarrassingly low can we go? I must have been on drugs when I made my pre-season predictions:
1. BP pitches like a starter should.
2. Salty power.
3. Miggy and J-Up are still above the Mendoza line-Barely!
I don’t know what to say.

Kubler partook in a little “Tiger Tonic” today
We’ve been serving it up for awhile now

Wasn’t it revealed after last season that Sanchez had been pitching with an injury?
Matt Boyd scratched from his start. 1+1=?

I believe the team inherits the personality of the manager….there is no fire there….
….and that means the guy next to him as well, I mean the guy who just sits there.(Lamont).. .

What a disaster. I know it is early in the season but how soon does panic set in? If they are not going to compete for the play-offs, why not trade Upton and let Moya have his shot.? Then there are the young pitchers waiting in Toledo. How long do they go with Pelfrey, especially? Now don’t panic but is Miggy really on the downside already? As for Ausmus, I felt last year that he didn’t seem to provide that spark. At 8-8 maybe I am jumping the gun a bit here.

Boyd to the BP. They need to rest the BP. Only day off until May 19th will be next
May 2. 30 games in 31 days.Or Ryan goes down or they will go short on the bench for tomorrow

Pretty unfair
Victor OPS 764. SLG:449. Trout SLG 433 . JD 450 . His OBP is below his norm .BA ? It means nothing for a clean-up hitter, His Babip is 244. bad luck so far, since his hard hit rate is 39.5 %,career high.( as yesterday unlike the rest of the numbers) 9 RBI with 4 games less than the rest of the regular team
Upton has a track record and it is better than any Tiger´s record but Miguel and Victor. Moya will SO even more against MLB pitchers. BTW: the new hroe is closing on Upton for K%
Verlander pitched a good game yesterday. Pity if his team did not back him.
Im on record as fan of Price but his ERA is 7.09. I take Verlander 5.46
Miguel: his hard hit rate is above his career norm but well below the last 4 years. Still good enough But his Babip is pretty low: 267. He going oppo at an unusually high rate. Going oppo means less power. Despite the off-speed pitches diet, his LD% is around his norm but his GB % is way up. Going the other way, in April and hitting less FB it is not a success formula. Im not justifying him but trying to understand what is wrong
Aníbal says he is healthy. The shortened ST after months without real game action is taking its toll. Having an extended ST during the season it is not a good idea.
The team had a postgame discussion, it took too long.
The young players are not doing a good job. of course, the well paid veterans must perform but …
Gose up and downs( that why Toronto traded him. Iglesias temerity running. The Iron glove at third, the IF is a strong as the weakest link. Tyco did not profited from his opportunity.
Greene is Pelfrey younger.

Well they are .500 with 10% of the games under their belt and the only bright spots have been Kinsler, JZimm, JWilson, Casty (YOY), possibly Lowe and VerHagen.
Who would have thought your 2nd & 3rd batters would be hitting under .217 and then they told you it was Upton and Cabrera (making $50MM)! Unbelievable! I’m not usually negative about our Tigers but they are boring, unexciting and predictable. There seems to be no plan of attack offensively or from the starting pitchers until they
have setup the deficit until it is too difficult to overcome. I have read that several ball clubs are now going the route that the Royals took 3 years ago with speed, contact hitters, superb defense (3-4 GGers) and adequate starting pitching with 4-5 back end bullpen pieces that are interchangeable.
I hate to say it but I think our Tigers are also rans and will be very lucky to see 76-86 come late September. I’m glad I don’t live close and do not have tickets to this bland entertainment. I hope Avila has the wisdom to start the turnaround sooner than later
and that Ausmus can make changes to inspire the veterans.

It will be a very long season if this keeps up . Ausmus and the coaching staff need a plan b and soon . Glad we have not purchased tickets yet.

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