Friday’s lineups: Tigers at Blue Jays

Mike Aviles gets the start in right field against Jays starter J.A. Happ, who has actually allowed a higher average agianst left-handed hitters this year (.275) than righties (.236) and is just about even from either side for his career. That said, with right-handers Aaron Sanchez and R.A. Dickey looming the next two days, this is Ausmus’ chance to get Moya out of the lineup this series if he wants him to sit a game.

As for the pitching staff, Bruce Rondon seemed to be feeling better today after being sent back to the hotel with illness yesterday. No word yet on his availability for the game tonight, but it would seem like a decent shot. Also, no word on Tigers starters for Saturday and Sunday yet. Hoping to get info on that after the game, or at least before first pitch on Saturday.

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

tigerslogoTIGERS (career numbers against Happ)

  1. Ian Kinsler, 2B (4-for-13, triple, HR, walk, K)
  2. Cameron Maybin, CF (3-for-9, double, 2 walks, K)
  3. Miguel Cabrera, 1B (0-for-8, K)
  4. Victor Martinez, DH (2-for-10, double, 2 walks, 2 K’s)
  5. Nick Castellanos, 3B (4-for-8, double, triple, walk, K)
  6. Justin Upton, LF (4-for-6, triple 2 HR, 2 walks)
  7. James McCann, C (3-for-6, double, HR, 2 K’s)
  8. Mike Aviles, RF (0-for-4, 2 walks)
  9. Jose Iglesias, SS (1-for-5, double, walk)

P: Mike Pelfrey

jayscanadalogoBLUE JAYS (career numbers off Pelfrey)

  1. Ezequiel Carrera, RF
  2. Josh Donaldson, 3B (1-for-4, HR, K)
  3. Edwin Encarnacion, DH (2-for-13, HR, 6 walks, K)
  4. Michael Saunders, LF (0-for-2, walk, K)
  5. Russell Martin, C (3-for-4, walk)
  6. Troy Tulowitzki, SS (7-for-20, double, HR, 2 walks)
  7. Justin Smoak, 1B
  8. Kevin Pillar, CF
  9. Darwin Barney, 2B (0-for-3)

P: J.A. Happ


What I don’t understand….if lefties hit him better…why not put a lefty in?


Joe West’s strike zone very inconsistent so far in favor of the home team. Saunders and Martin both should of been called out on strikes.

Yes, Jason. that would be nice to know which TBA brother will be the starter before the first pitch is thrown Saturday. LOL
Meanwhile, both starters tonight already have high pitch counts. 7 of the 9 Tigers have already stranded a runner.

Hate when they play bad baseball. Kinsler not getting Iggy over; Iggy going for 3rd with one out and already in scoring position with Miggy up. Pelfrey over-nibbling when his fastball is actually working. Etc.

Bad baseball …..yep
It doesn’t appear tigers are going to score tonight……had opportunities and the middle of the lineup fails again

Victor last 30 games….. .245. 17 rbi
Miggy last 30 games…… ..268 19 rbi
Kinsler last 30 games…..246 19 rbi
Maybin. 308…. 17 rbi
Castellanos….292. 18 rbi
Upton …246 21 rbi
McCann. 250 13 rbi

Once again the team has instantly transformed from a well-playing team with motivation and momentum to a team that makes you wonder how they cn win at all. This has happened at least 4 or 5 times this year already.
The bullpen continues to be a very troublesome department. Shake it up. Untested kids can do better than AW, Ryan and Rondon. Just from the “unknown” factor alone.

I honestly posted that before EdWing mashed it.

Turning this one off….I just had zero belief they could score 2 or 3 let alone 5. Pelfry was good 1-9 pathetic.

Same here taking the dog on a walk. This game is over.

Brutal bull pen

They are going to be swept 0-4 in this series? Pathetic.

The way this bullpen has been crafted infuriates me.
Gone are the days and the mentality that you can just put 7 arms in the pen and count on your starters. It is possibly the 2nd most important facet of the construction of a winning team

They aren’t good enough. They are fooling themselves to think otherwise. The 1-11 record against Cleveland is the big blemish. But look at the record against teams that are over 500. I have no desire to do the research but I bet it won’t be pretty.
Dan, the reason they go from good to bad is because they go from playing bad teams to good teams. The think they are a good team and they have the payroll of a good team. But they are not good enough. Do they have a winning record against any team with a better record then them? I would bet no.
I will still cheer them on and hope for a miracle. But they have killed the optimism in this usually positive fan.
– Bob

Once a ballplayer leaves Detroit….ref Rjah Davis…Carrera…they seem to fit in
with other teams beautifully…..the guys we have in their place are inferior….what
are coaches looking at while they have these players? Victor appears to be tired…
swinging at a lot of bad pitches…Ian doesn’t appear to look comfortable at the plate.
looks like another sweep….poor Pelfrey…pitched good enough to win.

They’ve checked out and now so have I

Back to outcome predictions in the fourth inning. An amateur can predict what will happen in Tiger games. When you don’t have a run by the 6th, odds are you will lose. It didn’t matter that the Jays had only one. One sleeping giant controlled(Donaldson tonight), and another one rises up(Encanarcion). Why in heavens name would you bring in Parnell to face Edwin? Retreads don’t get the job done. When the break comes we will be 9 or 10 out on the lost side:
1. Eating crow again re Mike.Terrible WHIP; still gave us a chance to tie.
2. Three induced DP’s by Mike keeps him humming.
3. Nick’s defensive stop.
No kudos. Toothless team again; could have won the first two; sadly we won’t win the final two either.

All signs point to a sweep but, with baseball being what it is, a win could be scratched out which would, oddly enough, give them a 6-5 road trip and that would be considered successful, I guess. And that is the rare five-comma sentence I just wrote.
The thing is, this team doesn’t have the depth to play over injuries. They can’t lose a JD or 40% of the starting rotation and still compete at a high level. And if anyone is thinking of deadline deals (either buy or sell), remember that those would be done by the same guy who put this club together over the winter. That can be taken any way you like.
Myself, I’m just looking for entertaining baseball.

You said it earlier this spring….a .500 team is frustrating. This team is frustrating and underperforming.

Aviles and Saltalamacchia are FA after the season. The team has option for KRod and Maybin and the payroll is already at $176.2M. Picking the optioon188,2 M. Add the arbitration raises and they are above 200M.
The team you are watching are the 2017 Tigers too. But they are not getting younger. If they stand pat, be ready for one more year of this.
They are 3 games back of the WC. It is now or never
JD season long:286 /.358/.520 /.878 Upton last 28:248./319/.465./784. He replaced JD. The problem is Upton was replaced bay a basketball player. Moya is the worst player I have ever seen in a MLB team. And The Tigers think Kose and Birdman are worse or they would be with the team
Zeke and Davis. The difference? patience. Zeke was with Detroit was he has been with Toronto an OF that can do once and again circus plays but once in while he tries impossible plays and fails badly. Remember that play against Jeter at Yankee Stadium, Jeter was “Wow”. But a couple of games later he dived for an easier play and missed converting a single into an XB ( that why Jackson never dived). But like with Suárez, one strike and out.
Davis has been awful with the glove but the Tribe´s OF was expected to be a minus with the bats and with playing time ,Davis has been hitting against both LH and RH at home.
KRod will be well rested today

Avila is new at the job but he replaced the guy that as a rookie traded away Randy Johnson

Oh boy.Aaron Sanchez today (9-1 with a sub 3 ERA). At least he’s not a lefty!

Tigers 6th on IP. AL
5.7 IP/GS average AL. Tied for 10th with Texas. KC 5.4 , NYY 5.8. 3 teams with 6 or more: Tor, CWS and Cle
It is the new game. 6 IP by the starter then a BP of 13 or shuttling arms up and down
They are playing like KC as fans asked.

For sure Moya is a gangly, inexperienced, awkward, starstruck 24 year old. But far from the worst in baseball:
Over his last 15 games he is .275 with 5 homers and 9 RBIs
By comparison, Miggy is .254 with 3 homers and 12 RBIs over his last 15 games

Joe Jiminez gave up 2 runs last night, didn’t strike out a hitter and got charged with a loss. Tiger brass will probably finally take notice and demote him.

Sorry, 10 RBIs for Miggy over the last 15 not 12.

Victor tagging up on a shallow fly???

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