Monday’s lineups: Tigers at Nationals

Victor Martinez is the first of the Tigers’ big trio to sit out of the starting lineup this series. It was going to happen at some point. The interesting part is AL batting leader Nick Castellanos moving up to fill the cleanup spot with Martinez out. Justin Upton continues to bat fifth.

“When a guy’s hitting the ball well, you always have a little trepidation about moving him,” manager Brad Ausmus said. “But with Vic not playing, I felt like, the way he’s swinging, he was the best option to slide in behind Miggy.”

After Bryce Harper’s six-walk game Sunday (and 13-walk series) against the Cubs, the question came up to Ausmus whether he might do the same. Doesn’t sound like he will, but he’ll pick and choose his spots when to pitch to him.

“I think a lot of times, the game dictates whether you walk him or not,” Ausmus said. “He’s probably the most dangerous hitter in the game right now, so if you do pitch to him, you pitch to him carefully. And if you think he can beat you, you probably don’t pitch to him at all.”

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tigerroarlogoTIGERS (career numbers off Stephen Strasburg)

  1. Ian Kinsler, 2B
  2. J.D. Martinez, RF (0-for-4, walk, 3 K’s)
  3. Miguel Cabrera, 1B (1-for-4)
  4. Nick Castellanos, 3B
  5. Justin Upton, LF (9-for-31, 2 HR, 2 walks, 8 K’s)
  6. James McCann, C
  7. Anthony Gose, CF
  8. Jose Iglesias, SS
  9. Anibal Sanchez, P (0-for-4, 4 K’s)

nationalslogoNATIONALS (career numbers vs. Sanchez)

  1. Ben Revere, LF (1-for-5, walk)
  2. Anthony Rendon, 3B (0-for-2, walk)
  3. Bryce Harper, RF (3-for-9, 2 triples, HR, K)
  4. Ryan Zimmerman, 1B (11-for-48, double, HR, 5 walks, 8 K’s)
  5. Daniel Murphy, 2B (5-for-10, double, triple, K)
  6. Wilson Ramos, C (5-for-16, double, 2 walks, K)
  7. Michael A. Taylor, CF
  8. Danny Espinosa, SS (3-for-16, walk, 7 K’s)
  9. Stephen Strasburg, P (0-for-2, K)


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The Nationals were just swept in a 4-game series against the Cubs. The Cubs manager, Maddon, had his pitchers walk Bryce Harper 13, that’s right, THIRTEEN, times. Sunday alone they walked him 6 times in thirteen innings, twice with 2 runners on and two outs. Both times the next batter made the last out. It will be interesting to see how Ausmus handles Harper.

Well, that tells me my comments aren’t read. 🙂
Welcome to Washington, Tiger fans!

Injuries underperforming,aging core. OK .It is not his fault
And 2014?
He has mishandled his pitching staff.
If Avila was allowed to go over the luxury tax . Why Mr I waited until January to tell it clearly. A joke in front of the press in not enough. Price or Greinke were off limits for sure. But Samartzjia? Wang? Cueto?
Was he ready to go the full Dodgers? Cespedes could be a Tiger too.
Nobody really expected more than one of Boyd, Fulmer and Norris to join the rotation. And only Boyd has shown he is ready. A couple of good outing with The Tigers for Norris, he was not that good with the Jays
I liked the Upton signing , but the question remain. Why spend that much if the rotation is an Ace, 2 question marks, a gamble and a rookie. BTW: Zimmermann came with his red flags too. His BB/9 increased and highest career ERA.
In a couple of week, they could be above 500 and in the hunt again. But , right now, you need to be literally a fan to expect something
“All baseball fans believe in miracles; the question is, how many do you believe in?”

Great quote. I like that.
I think Fullmer will be OK. He needs to double up on that slider though.


Iglesias is a disciplined hitter. Low K rate, many BBB. Good OBP despite being unable to hit the ball hard. Gose could take a lesson

When your starter is losing it ,you send the pitching coach. Ausmus remained in the cave , looking like a deer in front of the head.lights

What inning will Brad mismanage the pitching?

Kinda figured Brad would PH for Anibal in the 7th

I guess the answer is the 7th inning

once the damage is done, of course

I’m so stupid think we had something going tonight and 7th inning goes to sh***.

Now way the Toxic Tigers pull this game out. We’ll very lucky to get out of the 7th giving up 1 run.

Heckuva job by Alex Wilson and gotta give Brad credit for the way he handled Harper/Zimmerman.

Pull him out

If Miguel goes to DL, Ausmus must be fired. It is beyond.. to leave him there

I think miggy got in there but certainly he’ll be out.


There is blood on his knee

It is hard to believe, but Sanchez is even worse this year than last. He once again cannot produce a Quality Start despite 7 opportunities and allows another homer without getting past 6 complete innings while throwing only 91 pitches.

Most games are lost , not won

“Tigers to play Washington with built-in disadvantage, Brad Ausmus argues”
Yes, their manager who played in the NL

BUMS…….a walk off homer to a guys batting .154. Jeez

This team knows how to lose. Brad brings in his most undependable reliever for the 9th. Almost seems he wants to be fired.

They had all winter to get this team fixed . We are back to square one. Some things never change.

I guess Lowe didn’t learn anything from yesterday. I don’t know what it is about a Detroit pen, they’re good and when they come here they turn to crap. They fooled us for a,while this year but in true tiger’s fashion they show their true colors.

Lowe is coming from his best season since 2011. No surprise there.

Remind me again why Mr.143 Aviles of no XBHs is on the team and being used to PH.

3 pitches. 3 strikes. Great AB.

How is Bryce Harper allowed to come onto the field after being ejected and then clearly say F^#& you! to the umpire ??? if there are no fines or suspensions then the MLB has no guts!

My beef is why didn’t Ausmus pitch run for Miguel, who is slow afoot anyway…
nearly gets thrown out on a single to right…bangs up his leg, trys to go to third on a pass ball..(out, call! What?)…I’m sorry, is this managing or what? What? and then theres’ Anibal,
who picked up the ball which is going to be foul….another blown lead…
I guess we’re feeling sorry for Minnesota, who must be lonely in the cellar.
The sad part of it is, we’re only a month and a half into the season.

Can anyone explain the logic in pinch hitting Victor in that situation? I’ve gone over all the angles and have come up empty. First base open, why not PH Salty there since they were going to walk Victor anyway?

No explanation Rich….if you can’t figure it out than nobody can

Rich, I thought the same thing as it was happening. Isn’t that what the bench coach is for.? To talk ideas and strategies through before acting…..
Managers don’t win games, but they can lose them. I don’t blame Brad for these players underperforming but I think he falls into the latter part of my statement far too much. This is getting ugly.
— Bob

Quote from Jason: “Ausmus said he figured V-Mart would get walked. Debated hitting Saltalamacchia there with a runner on, opted to bring him up with two on.”
Does that make sense? There’s a runner on second either way and Salty has to drive him in. Victor could have been spared for later. Or could have replaced the injured Miggy if need be.

The Tigers have written a best selling book, “99 Ways to Lose a Ball Game.” It’s like I said last night, losing tends to beget losing, and we are finding about every way to do so right now. Have never agreed with the MLB unwritten use of BP usage. I’m going to use the best pitcher who will pitch the best in a particular spot or situation; don’t care if you are a 6, or 7, an 8 or a closer. Bring in the pitcher who will more than likely succeed at that point in the game.
It’s always one play that makes us unravel; Sanchez blowing the bunt play opened the gate. After the tie, I knew we would lose. Odd are that Brad doesn’t make it through the weekend.
1. Julio plays well both ways.
2. Miggy’s DP.
3. Nick’s HR to give us a first inning lead.
All for naught. One final comment: The Nats Color man said that he didn’t care what the Strike Tracker said about Lowe’s strikeout pitch to get the second out; So the Ump calls a strike a strike, but this guy doesn’t agree. Sounds like today’s Youth. Doesn’t matter one bit, but I thought it was one of the most childish comments I had ever heard from a MLB announcer. I guess it shows that I’m a poor loser.

Brad has to take the blame for Lowe. It’s not like Lowe has all his pitches and ran into bad luck. He has lost 4 MPH and command. I understand you get your closer back into the fire right away after a blown save or bad outing. I get it. But not your set up man and surely when he is encumbered with a pitch arsenal that is unrefined as yet. That is just stubborn thinking.
I mentioned a possible revolving door with Toledo. Get ready because it is going to happen soon. They will try Rondon, Ferrell and Boyd. The bullpen has lost its confidence and the problem is compounded with the stigmatization that has defined it for the last 4 years.
Good to see JD play well today. The bench is a joke. Saltalamachia was out of his element with his isolated homers a few weeks ago. he is the hitter we have been experiencing lately.
I seriously would consider off-loading Upton if some other desperate GM were to come calling.
This is not a team that will benefit from his streakiness. They are a team that absolutely needs some consistency.
Anibal was somewhat encouraging as was JV but this will all be for naught if the Toxic Tigers are allowed to subvert their own cause.

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