Tuesday’s lineups (updated): Tigers vs. Phillies

Justin Upton is out for a second straight game after being scratched from last night’s lineup with right quad tightness.

“He’s day-to-day,” manager Brad Ausmus said of Upton. “We’ll probably hold him out tomorrow, too, just with the off-day coming up.”

That seemed to be it for the Tigers’ injury concerns, until Ian Kinsler was scratched with flu-like symptoms. That led to a ripple effect up and down the lineup. Cameron Maybin, who has stayed sixth or seventh in the batting order since returning from the disabled list last week, moves up to leadoff. Mike Aviles, who was going to start in Upton’s place in left field, moves to second base, still batting eighth. Steven Moya, who filled in for Upton last night, gets the start again.

The Phillies flip some guys around in their batting order for Justin Verlander. Freddy Galvis and Cesar Hernandez swap spots. So do Tommy Joseph and Ryan Howard, whose three-pitch strikeout against Justin Wilson followed an intentional walk to Maikel Franco.

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tigers1957logoTIGERS (career numbers off Jeremy Hellickson)

  1. Ian Kinsler, 2B Cameron Maybin, CF
  2. J.D. Martinez, RF
  3. Miguel Cabrera, 1B (4-for-11, HR, 2 K’s)
  4. Victor Martinez, DH (2-for-6, double, 3 walks, K)
  5. Nick Castellanos, 3B
  6. Cameron Maybin, CF Steven Moya, LF
  7. Jarrod Saltalamacchia, C (8-for-25, 3 doubles, 3 HR, 5 walks, 8 K’s)
  8. Mike Aviles, LF 2B (3-for-12, double, K)
  9. Jose Iglesias, SS (0-for-3, walk, K)

P: Justin Verlander

philliesbirdlogoPHILLIES (career numbers vs. Verlander)

  1. Odubel Herrera, CF
  2. Freddy Galvis, SS
  3. Maikel Franco, 3B
  4. Tommy Joseph, 1B
  5. Ryan Howard, DH (0-for-3, K)
  6. Carlos Ruiz, C (0-for-2, walk)
  7. Cesar Hernandez, 2B
  8. Tyler Goeddel, LF
  9. Peter Bourjos, RF (1-for-8, walk)

P: Jeremy Hellickson


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If the bottom of the lineup gets even ONE hit, I will be surprised. Salty will go down K-ing at least twice. Iggy 3 ground outs and Aviles will remind everyone that he is a back-bench player

I thought someone said the Phillies’ starter would be RH. Why isn’t a LHB Moya in there? They are just not giving him a full shot. I have to agree with Dan about Aviles.

Moya is back in LF Ilini. Kinsler out Aviles to 2nd.

Moya could solve a couple of problems for Detroit if he fulfills his potential.
Youth, salary, LH power bat, are just a few of them. Upton has been so bad I actually think he needs a change of scenery if he to ever get it going.

He hasn’t been as bad as Adam Dunn was a few years back for the White Sox. That being said I like Moya over Upton. But, I think we need to hope for Upton success in order to make him movable for pitching.


They need to get J-UP back to where he should be . Another bad contract that was handed out . He looked lost at the plate .

Good move with Moya. I agree he might be an answer for them but they bring him up, play him a few games, then sit him for 4 games. I know they paid mucho bucks for Upton but until Upton starts producing, they could at least use a platoon in LF or give JD a day off once in awhile. I hope this is just a break for Kinsler and he’s not injured in some way.

Keep it going JV
Minor leage brass needs to get jac jones some reps at short
Other than Machado the middle infielders are pretty long in the tooth
Jac Jones is a rising talent that shouldn’t be blocked positionally

Time to take JV out
Great job but there comes the right time and this is it
Thanks JV

Why don’t they teach Moya to play first base. He could give Miggy a day off. Than VMart also. I totally agree with you guys about Upton they should let him sit a bit. Furthermore Brad should stay with a set line up.

Been saying that for a year now.
He’ll be sent down soon now.
Congrats to KRod.
Fantastic job by JV

Keep it going Tigers. Suddenly starting pitchers are improving. Your turn tomorrow, Anabal.
1. The Wise Old Sage continues to impress.
2. The Aviles great/lucky catch was critical.
3. First inning runs make winning easier. Nice to get more than one, but it helps regardless.
Kudos to JV, Miggy, and even Frankie for his 400th career save.
9 of 10 at home would be a wonderful gift to Tiger Fans.

Upton is third among Tigers and already 6th in TB. His K rate is trending down. Soon,he will prove doubters wrong.
Verlander is showing he still have a Tiger in the tank
And Kid is the most, sometimes, sole, dependable piece of the BP
C remain the big question, one cant hit, the other cant defend

Congrats to K-Rod, that is quite a feat and to JV for a really solid game. The big boys are doing what they are supposed to do.

Count me in as a solid doubter then. I just don’t like what I see and what I see is at best a dramatically inconsistent hitter. At worst, a team “bummer” in the middle of the lineup. I can’t imagine him here 6 years and blocking development for guys like Moya, Gerber, Stewart, Jones, McVaney etc.
My theory is “everyone” in baseball figures he will snap out of it hence you might get almost equal value for him if you pull the trigger now. It will no longer be an anomaly after the ASG.

Pretty much what I said several posts ago. But, I figure his performance so far has devalued him to the worth of a dependable starter rather than an ACE.

I was talking about Upton.
I think this is a very important game for Steven Moya. He needs to show better at bats again if he wants to be given more of a chance. They have given him a better run at it than I expected they would. I do believe that all he needs is one big dinger and he will be on his way. He’s ready.

So was I.

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