Saturday’s lineups: Tigers at Rays

Brad Ausmus said earlier this week he has been trying to find opportunities to give Miguel Cabrera a day off. Saturday’s late afternoon start after a night game is the day, and it’s a day totally out of the lineup rather than simply getting out of the field at designated hitter. Jarrod Saltalamacchia starts at first base, with Victor Martinez staying at DH against Rays rookie left-hander Blake Snell.

“I had told [Cabrera] I was going to give him one of these weekend days off,” Ausmus said. “I’m not worried about Miggy facing a lefty or a righty, but he’s had a little bit of success in limited at-bats against [Sunday’s Rays starter] Archer, so just went that route.”

The Rays bring back Steven Souza Jr. from the disabled list and put him in right field, moving Oswaldo Arcia to left and Nick Franklin out of the lineup. Former Tigers farmhand Curt Casali, he of the two-homer games against the Tigers here last year, gets behind the plate.

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


  1. Ian Kinsler, 2B
  2. Cameron Maybin, CF
  3. Victor Martinez, DH
  4. Nick Castellanos, 3B
  5. Justin Upton, LF
  6. Jarrod Saltalamacchia, 1B
  7. Mike Aviles, RF
  8. James McCann, C
  9. Jose Iglesias, SS

P: Justin Verlander

sunraylogoRAYS (career numbers vs. Verlander)

  1. Logan Forsythe, 2B (1-for-3, K)
  2. Brad Miller, SS (0-for-3, K)
  3. Evan Longoria, 3B (7-for-28, double, triple, HR, walk, 6 K’s)
  4. Logan Morrison, 1B (0-for-2, K)
  5. Brandon Guyer, CF
  6. Steven Souza Jr., RF
  7. Corey Dickerson, DH (0-for-4, K)
  8. Oswaldo Arcia, LF (0-for-5, walk, K)
  9. Curt Casali, C (0-for-3, 2 K’s)

P: Blake Snell




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It would behoove the Tigers to win this one today because Pelfrey’s groundball pitching style might not play too well in that “ballpark.”
Speaking of groundballs, El Tigre, those stats you mentioned in the previous post include the ones to the pitcher, right? And is that stat similar to BaBip in that it levels out over time?

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Okay, gracias El T.

I sure hope my intuitions about today’s game are wrong. This kid lefty Blake Snell profiles as just the kind of pitcher that gives the Tigers fits. I sure hope they figure him out early and Miggy can sit and watch a convincing win without having to PH late in the game.

I am listening to the Rays feed. The broadcasters noted that teams are taking advantage of the Tigers OF and running on it. As a case in point, Maybin went to his left on a grounder that should have been a single, which turned into a double and eventually a run

That said, I’ll take Maybin’s offensive production. I thought he was petering out and was headed to his norm. But, he seems to be spiking again.

Of course, I realize Maybin’s offense is unsustainable. His BABIP is .425 and the MLB average is about .300. But, I’ll take it for as long as it lasts.

I remember K-Rod when he could throw 100 and led MLB in saves with 62. But, he was tough to watch because of command issues and kept his fans on the edges of their seats. Now, he would have a tough time overpowering a HS team. But, he is really easy on my eyes and on my heart. Go figure.

It’s another win for the good guys . Verlander looked good lets get game # 4 tomorrow .

We won the series and finally gained a game. I would be hopeful about the sweep, but my confidence in Mike is nonexistent. Prove me wrong Big Mike. I’ve eaten a lot of crow in my life time. In three games thus far we’ve held the home run crazies down quite well. Take out the two Indian starts, and JV is right on top of his game; He doesn’t panic anymore, and is evolving into a solid middle age starter who can win 15-18 games per year:
1. The Wilson DP ball in the 8th.
2. JV’s K to BB ratio 8-1.
3. Scoring first again. It does make a difference.
Kudos to Ian, JV, Salty, and WilRod for the Pen job. Miggy’s back tomorrow all refreshed. A 4 game sweep on the road would be “gold”.

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