Sunday’s lineups: Tigers at Royals

Ian Kinsler’s rare day off avoids the matchup with Chris Young, off whom he’s 2-for-15. But then, aside from Justin Upton, the Tigers don’t have a whole lot of good numbers against Young. Mike Aviles, 6-for-22 on this trip, gets the start at second. Cameron Maybin moves up to the leadoff spot.

Those of you who were complaining about the FOX broadcast last night will be happy to have the Tigers back on FSD. Mario Impemba, Rod Allen and John Keating are back to work after a Saturday off on the road.

Gameday | TV: Fox Sports Detroit, MLB.TV | Radio: 97.1 FM, MLB Gameday Audio

1945tigerslogoTIGERS (career numbers off Chris Young)

  1. Cameron Maybin, CF (0-for-2)
  2. Mike Aviles, 2B (1-for-6, double, 2 walks, K)
  3. Miguel Cabrera, 1B (2-for-20, HR, 2 walks, 5 K’s)
  4. Victor Martinez, DH (3-for-15, double, HR, 2 walks, 3 K’s)
  5. Nick Castellanos, 3B (1-for-10, double, 3 K’s)
  6. Justin Upton, LF (5-for-15, double, 2 walks, 6 K’s)
  7. Steven Moya, RF
  8. James McCann, C (0-for-3, K)
  9. Jose Iglesias, SS (0-for-3, K)

P: Jordan Zimmermann

royalslogonotextROYALS (career numbers vs. Zimmermann)

  1. Whit Merrifield, 2B
  2. Alcides Escobar, SS (1-for-6, K)
  3. Eric Hosmer, 1B (2-for-7, 2 K’s)
  4. Salvador Perez, C (2-for-2, double, walk)
  5. Kendrys Morales, DH (2-for-6, K)
  6. Paulo Orlando, RF
  7. Brett Eibner, LF
  8. Cheslor Cuthbert, 3B
  9. Jarrod Dyson, CF (0-for-2)

P: Chris Young


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I have to wonder why (unless he’s hurt) after 2 demoralizing butt whippings you put Aviles in for Kinsler. Isn’t it kinda important to put your best team on the field?

Only team on the planet that can’t EVER his Cy Young…..and striking out at a rapid pace which he’s not known for.

Is that all who can hit today? Moya and Maybin? Don’t waste what so far has been a good effort by Zimm.

Pitch can’t hit…..hit can’t pitch

Zimm 8 innings, 93 pitches. Tiger BP going to blow this one?

Greene? Duck at a ball hit back at you?

In their hurry to get the game over with and get on the plane home they now have an extra inning game.

I know it looks like hindsight here heading into the bottom of the 10th but I screamed at Ausmus when he took Zimmerman out for Wilson in the 8th. Why not in such a close game try to squeak up at least one more inning out of Zimmerman with that pitch count?

Wagner:that was the 4th game for Rondón in 4 days. 44 pitches in the previous 3

Ausnuts pushing his luck again.

I think this game is gone. 2 on, 0 out. Can Ryan save it?

They deserved to lose. Most of the team took the day off except for Zimm and Moya and a couple relief pitchers.

Miggy screwed up….

Miggy had his head up his… you no what…this team knows how to lose, more than win…can’t blame Ryan on this one…another wasted pitching effort. I’m really
getting tired of watching this team…now, can you imagine how Ausmus feels?
My wife is getting tired of me….Get a life, she says….tomorrow is another day…

It took ’em a long time to finally come to the inevitable conclusion of this one.
So in the end the road trip is a total failure because they lost 5 of 7 division games.
If, like last year, they decide to give up at the trade deadline, it means that the season only has five weeks to go. That was quick.

2. Moya
3. Iggy(Defense)
Nothing from 2-6.
I’ve just about given up.

Missed the game today……..thank goodness. They always have trouble with Young. It boggles the mind……….

Not to say deadline trades couldn’t happen this year, but last year was very different. There were several unsignable players playing for a team that was literally performing as poorly as any in baseball after the first month of the season. Said it then and say it now. If there was to be a future, deals needed to be made. Better to lose a battle than a war. In the end, the Tigers got controllable players in Norris, Boyd, J Wilson (for Cessa) Jones and Fulmer. On top of that they saved something like $15M in salary for FAs this year, I’m not sure spending bucks on Pelfrey and Aviles was the way to go, but I still hope the Upton deal works out either through his trade or by his improved performance

Earlier watched Plays of the Week on MLB. Nick had multiple appearances.Flashy!

Why on earth would the overpay (money and duration for Lowe based on a half year of excellence at Seattle?
You can obviously hit or miss with FA signings but the contracts given out to guys of dubious potential really impact the team for more than just one year.

Most of the fans beat up DD for years for not doing anything to improve the bullpen. We applauded AA for doing something. It seems like a no win situation.

I am convinced to create a winning team, you need to create a culture of winning from the minors up. Toledo is sub 500 now, so is Erie, Lakeland is just above 500. It seems like this is going to take years to fix.

Maybin was radioactive when he was called up to the Tigers. But, it looks like he may now be playing closer to his talent level. Over the last 7, he is hitting .200, which matches his slugging percentage.

I really do believe that a proactive GM can make a difference. Avila made some moves that simply didn’t pan out but the recognition of the need and an attempt to rectify that need were at least undertaken. Now I have some problems with the kinds of contracts that these transactions were given but I do appreciate the change in philosophy form the narrow-minded DD/JL days where round pegs were constantly hammered into square holes.
Hopefully they don’t fall into the same trap on the field with guys like Lowe, Upton, Pelfrey and the ongoing litany of loser LOOGYs in the pen

Was working yesterday, but caught the 10th thru 13th inning this morning. I’m surprised there was little mention of Bruce Rondon. I nearly didn’t recognize him. He’s lost a ton of weight! Now, that shows some discipline. Congratulation, Bruce!

Upton last 22 games
256 .319 .465 .784 4 HR 18 RBI
On pace for 22 HR and 95 RBI
Career:269.348 .468 .816
He has been for almost a month the player they paid for

The current cumulative 2016 projections for Upton according to MLB are 21 HRs, 77 RBIs, 186 SOs and a .250 BA with a .744 OPS.

If those projection materialize then he will be grossly overpaid!

Please let Mario and Rod do their jobs. I DREAD seeing Kirk or Jack listed as the game announcers. Great knowledgable players but not entertaining as sports color men. Hate listening to them. Fine in highlighted snippets, but not full games.

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