Monday’s lineups: Tigers (with Cabrera) vs. Phillies

Not only is Miguel Cabrera back in the Tigers lineup, he’s starting at first base after leaving Sunday’s game with a left knee contusion. No major changes to the lineup or batting order as Detroit tests out its offensive resurgence against a Phillies squad that has surprised baseball by winning on starting pitching, no surprise bigger than Vince Velasquez.

On the Philly side, Ryan Howard gets the start at DH, while Tommy Joseph enters the lineup at first base. Howard, as noted in the series preview earlier today, is 2-for-31 over his last 12 games, but he’s 16-for-45 (.356) with three homers career off former NL East foe Mike Pelfrey.

UPDATE: Justin Upton was originally in the lineup, but has been scratched with right quad tightness. Steven Moya takes his spot, playing left field and batting sixth.

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  1. Ian Kinsler, 2B
  2. J.D. Martinez, RF
  3. Miguel Cabrera, 1B
  4. Victor Martinez, DH
  5. Nick Castellanos, 3B
  6. Justin Upton, LF Steven Moya, LF
  7. Cameron Maybin, CF
  8. James McCann, C
  9. Jose Iglesias, SS

P: Mike Pelfrey

phillieslogoPHILLIES (career numbers off Pelfrey)

  1. Odubel Herrera, CF
  2. Cesar Hernandez, 2B
  3. Maikel Franco, 3B
  4. Ryan Howard, DH (16-for-45, 2 doubles, 3 HR, 8 walks, 4 K’s)
  5. Tommy Joseph, 1B
  6. Cameron Rupp, C
  7. Freddy Galvis, SS (0-for-3)
  8. Tyler Goeddel, LF
  9. Peter Bourjos, RF (0-for-6, K)

P: Vince Velasquez


Fundamentals, Tigers 6th best. Phillies 2nd:

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To throw that many consecutive strikes is pretty impressive but what was not impressive was the absurdity of the pitch selection. Every single one of them was the same pitch in the same location. Pelfrey is fortunate Odubel didn’t hit one out.

Odubel is fortunate the umpire didn’t call him out on the 5th pitch which was a strike all the way

That was strike. Compensation for the Odubell non call

In fact, two strikes were called ball against Castellanos.

I didn’t see Castellanos AB…I’ll take your word for it

Pelfrey is the re-creation of Brad Penny. Drives me nuts.

Moya simply needs to hit one ball out of the park and he will be on his way.

Defense poor that inning….Ian while a tough should of been made….Moya not only double clutched he triple clutched…might have been able to get him

Clark waved him, showing he does not have thrust in Moya

Main Pelfrey´s skill.. low HR rate….

Honest to god 2nd and 3rd nobody out and come up with nothing.

Hopefully Pelfrey can get thru the 5th without giving up multiple hits again. He will not last much beyond this inning anyway. His repetiore screams “bullpen”. Not starter

My new name for Jose is “Iggy Infield”. Seems to apply both defensively and offensively.

Some of those use to be infield hits not so much anymore

Pelfrey gets hit again in the 6th inning but Ausmus leaves him in anyway.

It looks like Miggy is earning his money. Maybin is hitting .609. Listening to Dan and Jim. Oh yeah, still do not like instant replay. The games are taking over 3 hours to play but they say it is not the replays. C’mon KRod! Fulmer pitched a great game. Let’s hope Boyd and Norris can be that good.

About pace: the shift, 3B going to ,and back from, LF.
OBP: since a walk is like a single ,hitters are taking more pitches to get walks despite risking more K
FIP: pitchers that K a lot are better valued and throw more pitches.
The new rules are not enforced. Hitters back to the Yankees batting style and pitchers shaking off catchers one and again. The clock? AWOL

Well, Iron Mike almost got a win, but at least his team did. He did okay; whip is still a mess, though bb’s have really been cut down. Our guys had a decent approach to the Philly Stud, and ran him out after 4. Taters were flying all over CoPa tonight; thankfully, we had more than them:
1. When you look at the box score, Cabrera now stands at .327, and with power. Amazing stroke.
2. VMart shows emotion when driving in the go ahead run. That’s what Cam brings to the table.
3. The Pen Boys each had 2 K’s apiece, and wore their big boy pants tonight.
Kudos to Mig, Vic, Julio, and Casty. Props also to Mike for getting the GIDP’s. They saved his hide from another loss. Our guys are really enjoying the game right now. Let’s see how far we can go.

Another win for the good guys . Nice to see some key hits .

tale of two 7ths…Ausmus walks Franco to have JWilson face lefty Howard. Phils mgr allows his RH reliever to face VMartinez instead of Castellanos.

it didn’t look good when Moya stayed at 3b on that one hopper to deep SS. tough spot for him…maybe a more instinctive runner wouldn’t have gone either.

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