Sunday’s lineups: Tigers vs. Rays

After debating a day off for Justin Upton for the better part of a week, Brad Ausmus pulled the switch Sunday. Steven Moya gets the start in left against Chris Archer, whose struggles this season have actually come more from right-handed batters (30-for-114, 8 HR) than left-handed hitters (20-for-80, 1 HR). Andrew Romine gets his first start since May 10 in Washington, giving Jose Iglesias the day game off after a night game.

The Rays start Desmond Jennings in center today in their first game without Kevin Kiermaier (broken hand), but they move Steve Pearce back to a more natural position at first base. Tim Beckham gets the start at second, while Logan Morrison is the DH, with Corey Dickerson on the bench.

Today is the second meeting between Jordan Zimmermann and Steven Souza Jr., whose diving catch finished off Zimmermann’s no-hitter in Washington on the final day of the 2014 regular season. Souza singled and doubled off of him last June at Nationals Park.

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tigers1957logoTIGERS (career numbers off Archer)

  1. Ian Kinsler, 2B (1-for-15, double, walk, 6 K’s)
  2. J.D. Martinez, RF (3-for-13, HR, 4 K’s)
  3. Miguel Cabrera, 1B (2-for-8, 2 walks, K)
  4. Victor Martinez, DH (1-for-9, 3 K’s)
  5. Nick Castellanos, 3B (2-for-10, 4 K’s)
  6. Steven Moya, LF
  7. Cameron Maybin, CF
  8. Jarrod Saltalamacchia, C (0-for-7, walk, 4 K’s)
  9. Andrew Romine, SS (3-for-6, 2 walks, K)

P: Jordan Zimmermann

sunraylogoRAYS (career numbers vs. Zimmermann)

  1. Brandon Guyer, LF (0-for-1)
  2. Brad Miller, SS
  3. Evan Longoria, 3B (1-for-5, 2 K’s)
  4. Steve Pearce, 1B (4-for-9, 2 doubles, 2 HR, walk, K)
  5. Steven Souza Jr., RF (2-for-3, HR)
  6. Logan Morrison, DH (3-for-18, double, 2 HR, walk, 8 K’s)
  7. Desmond Jennings, CF
  8. Tim Beckham, 2B
  9. Curt  Casali, C (2-for-2, HR, walk)

P: Chris Archer


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Note to Dan: Victor rolled his right ankle on a swing (not sure I’ve ever seen a hitter do that) so I assume he’s good hitting from the left side at the least.
I have a feeling Mr. Archer is going to “get well” today.

Ausmus said V-Mart was fine. I didn’t see him getting any wrap on the ankle, for what it’s worth.

Thanks. And yes, it does seem that the really good pitchers who are struggling seem to find their stuff again when they oppose us. Kluber comes to mind.
Glad to see Moya in the lineup and I hope he pops a couple out today to create some challenging decisions.

.063 .250 .063.313

But do you need two of them when one is a far better fielder wherever he plays?
Zimmermann is a great guy to have in our rotation but he is very hittable at times. I guess most pitchers are but we do need to keep in mind he has lost something off his fastball and needs to be able to pitch around that fact. Being a strike thrower will help with that.
Any teams looking for a power hitting OFer with a long contract?

Zimmermann HR/9 back to his career avg. Still below his peak, 1.1 in 2015

Good to hear about Victor. He is so confident at the plate right now and hitting the ball as hard as anybody in baseball

I guess the news of the demise of Miguel´s power were greatly exaggerated

Lets hope they Can hold the 6-2 lead . Archer does not have his best stuff today .

Not sure why more of us have not been talking about the significance of Fullmer’s performance yesterday. That was almost electrifying. And what I like about the guy is he looks to be the kind of intense guy who wants to get better.
I think he just might stick and may be joined in the rotation eventually by Matt Boyd.
Sanchie or Pelfrey (probably Pelfrey) ending up in the pen.
Actually I think a guy like Pelfrey would really benefit from a relief role. He has good stuff but is a tick or two off with being effective with his fastball. Coming out of the pen he could be very intimidating.

GK, where are you? This umpire is brutal!!

Okay now, a good lead. Hold them off, Zimm. Romine did what Iggy doesn’t seem able to do. Maybin Wow! Who was that other CF again?

It is not the umpire. Casali is a good framer. While Saltalamacchia is bad, close to the worst

Zimm injured?

Tigers PR Jordan Zimmermann left today’s game with a right groin strain.

Why is he with the team instead of Hardy? 7.23 ERA/ 6 of 9 IR scored. Clean slate, runners on. Equally unreliable

Verhagen just doesn’t throw enough strikes to keep hitters honest. Great curve and decent 4 seamer. Gotta throw strikes though.

How comes? both Ryan and Wilson( J) are killed by LHB

Always scary when Brad goes to the pen

The match-up was the losing strategy vs Ryan

I’d be thinking very hard of swapping out Verhagen.

Hey Dan, with no cable tv I listen to Dan and Jim. They could not say enough good things about Fullmer.

Thanks DB I was more wondering about here on the BLOG.
Victor tortured the ball today.
If Pelfrey bombs again they should think about sending Drew down, call Boyd up and put Pelfrey in the pen.
That being said he has thrown better his last two starts but every time he pitches he taxes the bullpen. He can’t go even 6 IP.
Pelfrey would help the pen simply by not being a starter and giving them a break.
He could be their long guy. Or maybe the guy to get a DP in the 6th or 7th

VerHagen optioned, Farmer called up. 2 down

I wasn’t available to comment after yesterday’s game but obviously Fulmer showed what he is capable of. I’m not sure the Rays hitters, with their approach, are a real test, but I expect good things from Fulmer. One could even envision a scenario where Fulmer, nearing his innings limit later this year, becomes a reliever for the time being if the Tigers are in the race. He’s already got the two outstanding pitches (changeup improving) and could be a huge bullpen upgrade if necessary.
Sending VerHagen down the right move. A reliever has to throw strikes.

Another week of 6-1. Now I hope they don’t go in the opposite direction like they did before after a 6-1 week. Monday doesn’t look good on paper. Phillies’ VV is 5-1 vs Pelfrey. Maybe no Miggy in the line-up. I thought for a few seconds they were going to lose Maybin after he crashed into the wall.

Cam has decided that he’s not sharing CF with Gose or anyone for that matter. The guy has had a super debut for us and really created an infectious energy for the team. Sad to say, Z went down after another strong performance; hopefully can miss just one turn without the DL. Miggy will be okay; he keeps reminding doubters including me that he is the one and only Miggy:
1. Great add on homer for Victor to seal the deal.
2. Solid approach to knock out Archer after three.
3. Casty defense in the ninth says, don’t take me out Brad.
Kudos to Miggy, Cam, Andrew for the big 3bie,Victor, and the 7-8-9 Pen. Glad to see Verhagen go down; still see a great arm, but lack of command is a killer. Farmer has been improving so I like that move. Philly will be tough, but these guys are getting a little more grit with each game. We can’t afford to lose Z or Miggy for long spells, but I’m cautiously hopeful that these are not long term problems, especially with Z.

It is time for a change …of name:
Melvin Upton:.259 .337 .429 .766 .
Jokes apart, Cafardo thinks a player could take up to a year to adapt to a new team and park

That happened to them with Hanley Ramirez. Many priced FA are struggling

Good-send him to Boston then!

Illitch doesn’t have the luxury of waiting a year for these big transactions to materialize.

Note to Jose: Please don’t become Mario Mendoza

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