Wednesday’s lineups (updated): Tigers vs. Twins

Today might have been the day to rest Justin Upton in favor of Steven Moya, Brad Ausmus admitted, if not for Upton’s game Tuesday night — not just the ground-rule double to the depths of Comerica Park, but the earlier drive to center that Danny Santana ran down in the gap. So aside from the catching spot, the Tigers have the same lineup as the first two games of the series.

UPDATE: Moya ends up in the starting lineup anyway. Ausmus made a late decision to get Victor Martinez an extra day of rest. Moya enters lineup at DH, batting sixth. Nick Castellanos and Justin Upton move up in batting order.

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84tigerslogoTIGERS (career numbers off Ricky Nolasco)

  1. Ian Kinsler, 2B (7-for-20, 3 doubles, 2 K’s)
  2. J.D. Martinez, RF (5-for-18, walk, 3 K’s)
  3. Miguel Cabrera, 1B (4-for-14, double, 3 walks, 7 K’s)
  4. Nick Castellanos, 3B (3-for-11, double, 2 HR, 2 K’s)
  5. Justin Upton, LF (5-for-17, 2 walks, 5 K’s)
  6. Steven Moya, DH
  7. Cameron Maybin, CF (4-for-5)
  8. Jarrod Saltalamacchia, C (1-for-9, 3 K’s)
  9. Jose Iglesias, SS (4-for-5, double, walk)

P: Justin Verlander

twinsoldtimelogoTWINS (career numbers vs. Verlander)

  1. Joe Mauer, DH (24-for-68, 5 doubles, 3 HR, 12 walks, 11 K’s)
  2. Eduardo Nunez, SS (4-for-11, double, HR, 2 K’s)
  3. Miguel Sano, RF (1-for-2, walk, K)
  4. Byung Ho Park, 1B
  5. Trevor Plouffe, 3B (7-for-34, 3 doubles, 9 K’s)
  6. Brian Dozier, 2B (4-for-17, double, 3 walks, 5 K’s)
  7. Eddie Rosario, LF (1-for-3)
  8. Kurt Suzuki, C (11-for-36, 2 doubles, walk, 4 K’s)
  9. Danny Santana, CF (3-for-9, triple)

P: Ricky Nolasco


Just when Moya seemed to be settling in, Ausmus has benched him 3 games in a row.

Moya to DH for V-Mart.

No reason given.

What do you think about Nick in the 2 hole and Julio Daniel clean up?

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Even though Nick can hit to RF, he is still a plodder and is showing a power bat.So, I’m negative on hitting him second I like JD in the 4 spot. His small sample stats for this season are very good there. And as I commented a few blogs back, JD’s 2015 stats were were very, very good based upon over 200 ABs batting 4th.

I am really glad Brad changed his mind on today’s lineup. Three hits on Sunday then 4-5 days off isn’t right.

Wow! Maybin 3 stolen bases. We haven’t seen much of that this year. Does 3 tie the whole team total so far? LOL.

I can’t understand why Iggy doesn’t have more?

Maybin remains on pace for 162 SBs over a 162-game season.That slightly eclipses his high of 40 SBs in 2011 and his 23 of last season.

2000 career K for Justin Verlander

way to go JV!

I wonder how much thought BA gave to Iggy bunting Maybin across.

BP time

Tigers PR: “Ian Kinsler is the first Tigers leadoff batter to homer in 4 straight games since Dick McAuliffe (4 straight games, 4/24-4/29/1969).” Way to remember him

Iglesias: 3 SB. His OBP is below 300.

Bad move

Like in 2015. High IR %

5 for 10 IR scored

Wilson. Neither him nor VerHagen are reliable with IR

Too bad we can’t play the twins every day….only team they can beat

Another fine performance by JV. He and JZ are now tied for QS with 7 each Greene and Pelfrey have 1 apiece. The rest of the staff has none.

I hope everybody out there now sees just what a quality ball player Ian Kinsler is. I never fully appreciated his talent until I watched him day in and day out. He is our MVP by far. He’s giving us so much energy from the top. Thanks Ian.
JV now knows how to pitch and be effective. He can be a solid 15 game winner into his late 30″s. He’s still stubborn on wanting to stay in. Bring Wilson in to start the 8th., and I bet the Twins don’t score anymore. I’m also glad we are getting to enjoy Maybin, even if it’s 10 years later. Iggy’s defense is becoming superior, and his attitude is so much improved. Julio has now adjusted to the two, and Miggy is just a hair under .300. Oh if we could get James on a roll. Upton is getting lucky hits, which will soon lead to legitimate ones. Nick is steady as she goes 40 games in:
1. Gettting that lead early and adding on.
2. JV’s 10 K’s plus his pitching command; threw right at 70% strikes.
3. The Miggy sacrifice fly; it’s nice to score some without the taters.
Kudos to Ian, Julio, Cam, and Frankie. Also JV has pitched three straight very effective games. By the way, I’m in favor of a rule change where the starter would only be charged for a runner on second or third. The reliever would be charged if a runner on first scored; just an opinion, but it usually takes a big hit to score all the way from first, and sometimes that runner might have gotten on due to an error. That’s unfair to the starter, so only charge him for runners half way home. Bring on the Rays.

I have always thought Kinsler was a good player . It was a trade we did not know would work out . It however looks like it did .

Nice win today going into the weekend . Lets hope the tigers are back on track .

Well Joe Jiminez is sure on track. 13 games 20 some strikeouts no runs and a 0.67 WHIP
Let’s hope the FO moves him up where he can be challenged and developed.

According to some sources, they are waiting a warmer weather before moving him up to Erie

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