Tuesday’s lineups: Tigers vs. Athletics

In a move that is less than shocking, Anthony Gose is back in the Tigers starting lineup in center field, replacing Tyler Collins. Ian Kinsler, who was scratched from last night’s lineup with flu-like symptoms, is back in the lineup, leading off. Jose Iglesias moves back down to the ninth spot against former University of Michigan standout Rich Hill.

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tigerroarlogoTIGERS (career numbers off Hill)

  1. Ian Kinsler, 2B
  2. Justin Upton, LF
  3. Miguel Cabrera, 1B
  4. Victor Martinez, DH
  5. J.D. Martinez, RF
  6. Nick Castellanos, 3B
  7. Jarrod Saltalamacchia, C
  8. Anthony Gose, CF
  9. Jose Iglesias, SS

P: Mike Pelfrey

elephantlogoATHLETICS (career numbers vs. Pelfrey)

  1. Billy Burns, CF
  2. Chris Coghlan, 3B (4-for-18, double, 2 triples, 3 walks, K)
  3. Josh Reddick, RF
  4. Jed Lowrie, 2B (2-for-8, double, walk)
  5. Stephen Vogt, C (1-for-2, K)
  6. Coco Crisp, DH (1-for-2, HR)
  7. Khris Davis, LF
  8. Yonder Alonso, 1B (0-for-1)
  9. Marcus Semien, SS

P: Rich Hill


Interesting that Schierholtz is starting in CF for Toledo tonight, with Bernard shifting to left. With Maybin’s return on hold, the Tigers may now be thinking of the right-handed hitting Schierholtz, with over 2,000 MLB ABs behind him, as a short-term platoon partner with Gose. Bernard has not yet adjusted to AAA pitching. A problem however would be making room on the 40 man roster.

That’s easy given what Tyco did to himself.

Sure would be nice to see someone like Gose realize this is pretty much his last chance at a premium position regular job with a contending type major league team.
My guess is he just can’t do any better than we have seen.
As to Collins, I feel kinda sorry for him. He was out of his depth, out of his position and quite literally out of his league. He was shaky on flies hit out to him before that.
CF is for China shop employees not rodeo riders.
Miggy reminded us of who he is. Let’s hope this continues. There is a distinct relationship with him playing well and the Tigers winning.

playing CF at the MLB level is a tough job. Collins, with his inexperience there, not being put in a position to succeed, which a manager would like to do with most young players. Seems the pressure is just getting to him.

Please no Nate in CF. That is about as bad as Collins and Gose.
Just wrap Maybin in bubble wrap and wait till he is healthy.
He is NOT a great solution either but at least he will attempt to steal a base.

if Avila had known it was going to take this long for Maybin to return, he likely would have made a minor deal at the end Spring Training. he still might because it seems that Maybin is at best, unlucky, at worst, fragile.

Boy are the going to give Pelfry any run support tonight…..ZERO runs yet this year!

Oh Jose….two plays in a row gotta do better than that

Really? Zero run support for Pelfrey this YEAR? I knew it wasn’t good but I didn’t realize it was ZERO?

Yep zero runs of support and has given up 10 earned runs in 4 games. And you could argue that a couple runs wouldn’t have scored today if he’d had better defense by iglesias and Castellanos.
By the way that’s good for 2nd best era on team among starters

11 earned runs….

The way Pelfrey pitches you may as well save your runs for another pitcher.
Yeah, I know it doesn’t work that way but this guy is the worst starter Detroit has gone after since Brad Penny.
Joe Jiminez gets a clean save again tonight. 2 Ks and 11 strikes/3 balls.
When do we hear again from KRod? I hope this emergency does not become an issue for our ball club.

This team is way more pathetic than last year’s. At least they could hit a bit. Th


Pelfrey will carry the distinction of the guy who pitched an entire MONTH without his team scoring any runs. Next start in May.
And this defense is terrible.

Certainly sloppy isn’t it? I have never seen anyone drop thrown balls like Casty does. Doesn’t matter if they are long, hops, short hops or directly to him. He really is brutal.
I do believe he is physically ball-shy but I think there are some mental things going on with him with distraction and fear of making a mistake.
Not trying to heap on him just an observation.
JUp and Gose are both adventures out there.
Now we need to get JD going too!
How these experienced hitters could not find it in them to sit on one of those long curves from Hill I’ll never know.
The guy threw very well but he should have been hit harder than that.

Last 14:209.300.302.602 JD Martinez with his usual slow start
Victor with good baseball card numbers:281/.339/.526/.865 11 RBI. BA means nothing, OPS does

Something has to light a fire under this team . Last night they just showed up .

Yes, I remember JD struggling so bad last year the BLOG was talking about sending him down to Toledo.
Victor is hitting the ball hard. I’ll give him that. And he absolutely needs to to justify taking up a spot in the lineup.
You can get Pelfrey 4 or 5 runs and still not get a win.

Sorry Brad, but AUSBOT 3000 probably needs to go. Although I will not be as hard on him as I was last year. I do not place all the blame on him, he is not on the field. But I think Larry in previous post said it perfectly. Brad just isn’t the type to get these guys pumped up, the cheerleader, just not his personality. The teams just shows up, just like their manager, expecting Miggy & Martinez brothers to carry them every night.

I agree lefty, Brad is boring. Just like Jimmy Smokes but at least Leyland had the respect and I bet he could get real fired up behind closed doors. We will see where we are at after the 30 game mark.

This isn’t college football, you don’t need to hype these guys up. But, it would be nice that come out and do their jobs. Field their positions consistently, take good at bats consistently. That’s were I think this team is being mismanaged.

TigersFanInSLC: You are right, i also agree they shouldn’t need any hype, but i’m starting to think that we are too old school for this new breed of athlete. At least they respected Jimmy Smokes, almost like they didn’t want to disappoint their own dad. He also got fired up and showed tons of emotion and probably even more personable in private. Perfect example, Joe Madden and the Cubs. Everyone on this blog would take Madden in a heartbeat over AUSBOT. Same reason I bet about 30 other teams would take Madden if they had the chance. He tries to keeps things fresh, thinks outside the box. Seems to be working…

I agree, I’ve never really been an Ausmus fan. I don’t think he’s a “bad” manager. The first couple of years, he made a lot of strategic mistakes. This year, I don’t think he has a team where the mistakes are so obvious. I don’t think he has the intangibles to push this team to and through the world series. Though, Jimmy Smokes didn’t either the last few years, he admitted it and that’s why he retired.
My main point its hard to get hyped in day in day out for 120+ games. It’s like your job I imagine. Some days are better than others, and we all have extra-curricular crap we are dealing with. But, that doesn’t mean we don’t show up and do our best most days. Right now it seems very few of the Tigers show up and do their best on a day to day basis consistently.
The TyCo blowup might just be a view into the dysfunction this team has under Ausmus. Or it could just be an immature kid feeling pressure because he is getting a shot and not handling it well. But, even that I think is a reflection on the manager. Lefty, I like your take. In the place of someone inspiring them to do their jobs, they may need a father figure they don’t want to disappoint and let down. I imagine Ausmus comes across more of that cool fun laid back Uncle.

Brad does have to accept some blame. Two years now we have been conditioned to believe the team is concentrating on fundamentals. Especially base-running. The “speed” is non-existent both literally and virtually. The guys that have speed do not use it. Gose’s only claim to fame is his speed and yet he has just as many stolen bases as Miggy and VICTOR!.
Going from 1st to 3rd is as problematic as it was last year.
Hitting and running is not happening.
Bunting of any kind is frowned upon.
Two strike hitting approaches are not being taken.
Hitting to the off-field is minimal.
Rich Dube has not convinced his starters that they need to get ahead in the count.
(Which is pretty stupid since there are no true strikeout guys any longer on this staff.)
Brad has been about impressive to me as he was last year.

Sometimes, I buy a stock, and think this is the one; after dropping 20% in the first month, I come to the conclusion that I have a loser. I sell, and take the loss, and use what’s left to reinvest in something else. I realize that I’m talking chump change, but my biggest gripe with our team is to hold on and hold on to a worthless stock(ie Gose,
Pelfrey, etc.). Before 30 games have passed, maybe we could utilize someone else. Of course the Marlins sold their worthless stock(Salty) and we got the capital gain on that transaction. All of this was meant to say, I agree with everything you say Dan, but you can’t put Pelfrey on Brad. Avila says the scouts made a convincing case for 2yr/16M. Hope they have a backup plan.

Hi Greg,
I totally agree about Brad not being responsible for Pelfrey. That was a GM mistake. I never understood why they would ante up so much for a .500 (at his very best) starter when the division was obviously going to be a very strong one.

Ausmus has moved JD-up to 2nd and dropped J-down to 5th.

My own unprovable opinion is that analytics leads to as many hits and misses as the old eye test does.

Most RBI come from the second and 4 th spots. So JD while struggling is the best option. Far better than Iglesias
BTW: Madon and Francona batted struggling hitters lead-off to start then on

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