Wednesday’s lineups: Tigers vs. Marlins

Steven Moya returns to the Tigers lineup, his sore knee feeling good enough to play again. He takes his usual spot. Meanwhile, Jarrod Saltalamacchia gets one more start against the team that paid him to go away last year. He hit a grand slam in Miami back in April.

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84tigerslogoTIGERS (career numbers off Tom Koehler)

  1. Ian Kinsler, 2B
  2. Cameron Maybin, CF (3-for-8, 2 doubles, K)
  3. Miguel Cabrera, 1B (2-for-3)
  4. Victor Martinez, DH (0-for-1)
  5. Nick Castellanos, 3B
  6. Justin Upton, LF (6-for-16, triple, HR, 2 walks, 5 K’s)
  7. Steven Moya, RF
  8. Jarrod Saltalamacchia, C
  9. Jose Iglesias, SS (0-for-2)

P: Daniel Norris


  1. Ichiro Suzuki, DH
  2. Martin Prado, 3B
  3. Christian Yelich, LF
  4. Marcell Ozuna, CF
  5. Giancarlo Stanton, RF
  6. Chris Johnson, 1B (1-for-1, walk vs. Norris)
  7. Derek Dietrich, 2B
  8. Adeiny Hechavarria, SS
  9. Jeff Mathis, C

P: Tom Koehler


Last 28 days
25 and 28 games. 1/3 of the season.

His defense, career worst .Supposedly. DRS 0. Trout -1. UZR -6.3 Trout 7.2
Guillén thinks that is on the OF coach. (When he was speaking of the Fowler´s surge in defense ) . JD was at his career worst too -12

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Nice first inning…
Every single pitch to Dietrich in 2nd ump called a ball was a,strike. Tight strike zone

Norris letting ’em right back in here.

After 46 pitches, it is normal for a pitcher to struggle a little.He cooled down a little

Norris’s pitch counts is out of control too

Good to see Norris pitch with confidence today.
Moya (I hope) is a keeper.
McCann will become a consistent .260 – .270 hitter eventually.
Young guys coming up will transform the team in a year.

Wearin’ those hittin’ shoes today.
A nice goal would be 3 or 4 games out by the ASG, but these two 4-game series on this road trip make 6-5 maybe the best they could do.

M & M boys used to be Mantle and Maris but I’m very happy with Maybin and Moya. Just how much worse is Salty than Avila defensively because I think he has hit better than AA. Miggy has become very streaky. Can he be more consistent? Even though Upton has had some moments, I don’t think they have been enough.

Miggy wakes up in Miggy fashion! The Sticks are sizzlin”. Norris shows nice potential.We won handily and the only 1-2-3 was the 9th. We won handily and gave up 14 hits. We didn’t make an error. We struck out 12 Fish. Great way to finish the home stand:
1. Back to back Taters by 7-8.
2. Add on runs closed the door on the Marlins.
3. Anabal finished with a f pitch ninth.
Kudos: Ian, Cameron, Miggy, Victor, Moya, Salty, and Ryan. Need the big dudes to pitch well against the Rays. Ian’s baserunning the whole game was top notch.

Re 3. (5 pitch inning)

A well played victory for the Tigers . I sure don’t think we could have expected more . The bats came alive at the right time . The fish head out of town fried.

As framer, Saltalamacchia is better:

“previously that the White Sox have pitched to the least favorable strike zone in the majors to date.” thanks to Alex Avila and Dioner Navarro

What is there to do about Upton? Over the last 7, he is 3 for 26 with 0 HRs and only 2 RBIs. His BA is .115 with a .207 OBP and a .154 SLG.

Just off the top of my head, trade him for a pitcher, keep Moya, and bring up Gose for extra OF defense after JD comes back.

Tigers are 2 games out of the last wild card spot currently held by Toronto. that Jays series could be more important for the Tigers’ playoff hopes than Cleveland rematch.

I’m all over that idea Rich. I actually think there will be GMs out there who would want Upton too. Possibly, Detroit would have to eat some salary but this is a player who needs a change of scenery.
Really nice article by Henning today on Castellanos.

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