Tuesday’s lineups: Tigers vs. Twins

Phil Hughes is giving up a .354 (17-for-48) average to left-handed batters this season, compared to .270 (27-for-100) against righties. But six of his seven homers have come off right-handed bats, and his career averages point toward more damage from right-handed hitters. That was part of the reason for Justin Upton and J.D. Martinez getting the start against him. Steven Moya sits for a second consecutive night. Other than James McCann catching, the batting order stays the same from last night.

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tigerslogoTIGERS (career numbers off Hughes)

  1. Ian Kinsler, 2B (8-for-36, 3 doubles, triple, 3 walks, 3 K’s)
  2. J.D. Martinez, RF (3-for-12, double, HR, walk, 5 K’s)
  3. Miguel Cabrera, 1B (18-for-44, 5 doubles, 6 HR, 2 walks, 5 K’s)
  4. Victor Martinez, DH (12-for-40, 2 doubles, HR, 5 K’s)
  5. Nick Castellanos, 3B (5-for-14, 2 doubles, walk, 5 K’s)
  6. Justin Upton, LF (2-for-3)
  7. Cameron Maybin, CF (2-for-5, K)
  8. James McCann, C (4-for-5, 2 doubles)
  9. Jose Iglesias, SS (2-for-8, K)

P: Mike Pelfrey

twinslogoTWINS (career numbers vs. Pelfrey)

  1. Joe Mauer, 1B (3-for-6, double, K)
  2. Jorge Polanco, SS
  3. Miguel Sano, RF (2-for-2, double, walk)
  4. Byung Ho Park, DH (1-for-2, walk, K)
  5. Trevor Plouffe, 3B
  6. Brian Dozier, 2B (0-for-2, walk)
  7. Eddie Rosario, LF (0-for-2)
  8. Juan Centeno, C
  9. Danny Santana, CF (1-for-3, K)

P: Phil Hughes



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Twins are having an old friend for dinner tonight

McCann looks completely lost

Scherzer: 4.25 ERA .2 HR allowed tonight, 13 for the season. Leads MLB

McCann has been unable to hit RHP in the Minors and in the Big Show

Ummmmmm. I guess either Phil Hughes has figured his pitching woes out……or the Tigers just are that pitiful. Im thinking Tigers are just that pitiful.

This script whenever Pelfrey pitches is getting old really fast.

They give him nothing

Well, we suck. At what point do we realise continuously trying to jam the window open isn’t helping. The windows shut and locked. We need to rebuild. This is a mediocre team that isn’t getting better.

I’d like to see what a different manager can do before declaring it is over. It may well be that it is over though.

I don’t need that long. I don’t see this as a winning team regardless of what a new manager does. Obviously we’re gonna start playing better. Maybin will help, Upton won’t be this bad forever, our bullpen will have a few good moments, Moya brings a lot. We’re still mediocre though. Not to be all doom and gloom but at some point the management of this team has to be realistic about what direction this team is heading in.

Phil Hughes could pitch tomorrow with how aweful these guys are tonight….69 pitches through 6..

Nice inning boys

Ryan is the pitcher of record.

Lowe sure was pinched in the 8th. The numbers won’t look good in the box score (28 pitches and two walks) but he sure looked pretty sharp.

Offense comes alive in the 7 th. Nice to see and get another win.

What I saw was Hughes being shelled by Detroit hitters and everything being hit right at somebody. He was pulled with 75 pitches and a 2-0 lead.
I once again like what Maybin has brought the team.
I don’t give up so easily.

Me either Rich – I may turn off the game some nights and not read the blog for a while when things are bad, but I can’t ever call it a season when it is May

You’ve got to say that giving up 2 runs should have given Pelfrey a shot at his first win but there was no offense until he was gone. Wouldn’t that make you feel jinxed?

This is not a mediocre team if they continue to play like tonight. At least the part I saw. I got home in 7th and a 2-2 tie. I’ll take that. Three in a row beats one in a row anytime.

What you see different in the last three games is a sense of team, of being more relaxed, and ready to play. You also see a CF with dangly hair and a big smile, who has contributed much in two games. Even J-Up hit the ball hard tonight; the only lost puppy now is JMac who is really struggling; you could stand .220 with the solid D, but right now, I’d drop him to nine and move Iggy up one. Big Mike has proven to be a five inning pitcher in the first quarter of the season; has shown decent stuff in the last three game, but the sixth seems to be the curse. Hughes had us looking pretty rough, until the 7th. It would truly be amazing if Upton and Miggy were really into it. And Mig is slowly moving toward .300:
1. Julio continues to get his mojo back.
2. Of our 24 outs, 22 were put in play.
3. Lowe did get the squeeze on the plate, but he and the other PenMeisters came through again.
Kudos to Ian, Julio, Miggy, Iggy, Cameron, and Ryan.
Nice to score seven runs in an inning; by scoring them late, it essentially closed the Twins out. Brad put on a show last night, and his team followed with a good show again tonight. Go JV.

Based on what he has done, Maybin is on track for a .667 BA with a 1.381 OPS and 162 SBs over a 162-game projection. I love what Maybin has done, but the reality is it is just a spike. Hopefully, it lasts longer than 2 games.

Just maybe he gives the Tigers some fresh air. And something new to build on .

Verlander ERA 4.71. FIP 4.74 xFIP 4.34 9.06 K/9 Vintage K Verlander

Scherzer 4.01 FIP 4.43. XFIP 3.19. MLB leading 13 HR allowed. 30 HR allowed since the ASG. 2.01 HR /9 (Aníbal had a 1.7 HR/9 rate in 2015)

0.6 WAR/0.5 WAR. Verlander has been more valuable

Lineup vs. MIN: Kinsler 4, J. Martinez 9, Cabrera 3, V. Martinez DH, Castellanos 5, Upton 7, Maybin 8, Salty 2, Iglesias 6. Verlander 1

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