Friday’s lineups: Tigers vs. Royals

With Justin Upton now on the bereavement list, J.D. Martinez on the DL and Anthony Gose at Double-A Erie, the Tigers open the second half with a completely different starting outfield than they had on Opening Day. That includes Tyler Collins, who makes his first start since his ill-advised reaction to boos for a missed catch April 25 against the A’s.

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

tigerslogoTIGERS (career numbers vs. Ian Kennedy)

  1. Ian Kinsler, 2B (6-for-9, 4 doubles)
  2. Cameron Maybin, CF (5-for-17, triple, 5 K’s)
  3. Miguel Cabrera, 1B (4-for-10, double, triple, walk)
  4. Victor Martinez, DH (3-for-9, K)
  5. Nick Castellanos, 3B (1-for-6, 2 K’s)
  6. Steven Moya, RF
  7. James McCann, C
  8. Tyler Collins, LF
  9. Jose Iglesias, SS (2-for-3)

P: Justin Verlander

royalslogonotextROYALS (career numbers vs. Verlander)

  1. Whit Merrifield, 2B (1-for-4, K)
  2. Eric Hosmer, 1B (19-for-72, 5 doubles, triple, HR, 4 walks, 13 K’s)
  3. Kendrys Morales, DH (12-for-37, 4 doubles, 2 HR, 9 K’s)
  4. Salvador Perez, C (22-for-46, 7 doubles, 2 HR, 6 K’s)
  5. Alex Gordon, LF (17-for-82, 5 doubles, 2 HR, 11 walks, 29 K’s)
  6. Cheslor Cuthbert, 3B (0-for-2, walk, 2 K’s)
  7. Brett Eibner, RF (2-for-3, HR)
  8. Alcides Escobar, SS (13-for-70, 4 doubles, 2 walks, 7 K’s)
  9. Jarrod Dyson, CF (6-for-26, triple, 4 walks, 10 K’s)

P: Ian Kennedy


Yep…..tiger’s strand some…waste chances for more than 1 run and here comes KC.. ps Moya is a piece of crap in right. He really has no business being on a major league team. Just brutal out there

Is this the best outfield they could come up with ? Moya has to catch that ball no excuses about it .

In all my years of watching MLB, I’ve never seen worse.

Gotta appreciate an OFer like Moya. He makes Upton look better. Just like Sanchez makes Pelfrey look better as a Pitcher.

The sad thing about Moya’s butcher jobs on the fly and on his throw is Kinsler ends up with the error. And, of course, the Tigers and JV ultimately end up getting scored upon unnecessarily.

Add getting a real RF, until JD is back, to the list of things to do

I kept a distance from this mediocre “baseball” team for over 2 months because of their ineptness and inconsistencies. It appears they are starting the 2nd half of the season on the right foot as expected with errors, lack of timely hitting and wasting JV’s decent start! I wouldn’t pay for a seat to watch these bums!

Great job Miggy….coming through with bases loaded….sorry he’s been garbage….actually not sorry

Understand the frustration. Maya will get better with hard work. He’ll never be nimble with that height, but he can get better. As for Miggy, at least it wasn’t a double play. Again Victor comes through. My favorite, simply legs and all.

Gimpy legs…

My opinion on Moya. solid AAA player; will never be more than a fourth or fifth outfielder. Great power when he hits mistakes; can’t hit MLB pitching routinely. Enough said on that. Collins, who can at least play decent defense, had the biggest hit of his career. What looked like a total lack of support for JV ends up with a W. Man, without Julio and Upton, the offense really drops off. Lucky to get four tonight. JV’s evolution as a solid MLB pitcher continues. Tonight’s performance was impressive to say the least. Needed that first win for sure tonight. Tomorrow brings Mike Pelfry out to dazzle or fizzle once again. At this point, it wouldn’t surprise me if he pitched a shutout. The only other Pelfry I ever knew, was Oscar Pelfry, a snake handler, who died from a rattlesnake bite during a church service in Wise County. Maybe Mike’s been snakebit too, and continues to improve:
1. JV’s fast ball was smokin tonight.
2. Ian’s Kinsler’s homer, his bunt, and his heads up base running.
3. Wilson Rodriquez did what 8 and 9 are supposed to do.
Kudos to JV, Victor, Ian, Tyler, and Iggy’s basket catch in short center.
Miggy let us down again. I am slowly coming around to believe that this might truly be a down year. What used to be a sure thing is now a sure thing in reverse. I do hope that I am wrong, and he goes on a monster tear. Was so hoping Z would be ready Tuesday, but’s its good ole Anabal again. That’s why we need all three from KC.

One game at a time, one series at a time. Any win in the division is huge.
Did like Kinsler going all Cool Papa Bell again.
Moya is a piece of work in the OF, but he’s not THIS bad. He’s inside his own head, and probably won’t straighten out without some hard work in the minors. For now, we have to have better defense. The too often sputtering offense relies on it.
We are getting some good pitching performances.
Greg, I believe I’ve heard of your snake handler guy.

I agree with Moya needing developmental time. It is not the fault of Moya or Castellanos or Gose, or even the departed Porcello, that development had to be rushed at the MLB level. The fact is, organizational options have been slim and none other than to use those youngsters before they were truly MLB-ready for success..As gardeners know, the best rose is not necessarily the first rose to flower. And players need patience and time and proper teatment to flower maximally, just as roses do.

Todd, I pretty much agree about Moya. He is not quick, but his height translates into a long stride, which means he can cover lots of ground on OF routes in Winfield fashion. The arm strength is obviously there and that is something very difficult to create or manufacture. To me, Moya simply just needs reps and patience to develop his defensive skills. In the process, it will sometimes be very ugly. As far as offense is concerned , the guy has giant power, which again is nearly impossible to create or manufacture. Arm strength and power thus make Moya special The Ks don’t mean as much much for him as someone like Iggy. With runners on, a K is much better than a DP grounder for Moya. With Iggy ,soft contact grounders can mean base hits..The upshot is patience is paramount in order to see Moya’s flashes of brilliance turn into a more consistent shining light.

Ausmus on the over-the-shoulder catch by Iglesias: “I didn’t love it. But he caught it. He has a knack for the flair.”
Well, he is their best defensive player and more valuable than the guy never concerned by important things like the lack of bat, bad framing and inability to call a game of the “leader” behind the dish. Once and gain the pitchers, especially Verlander ,shake him off.

Boy did Collins save Moya’s rear. I do like Steven but that play could have been disastrous. Verlander gets my props for a very professional and patient reaction to the miscue. He could have made Steven feel even worse but he kept his frustration under control and then he bore down to shut down what could have been a really bad inning. Good team mate leading by example. Justin is a professional and has matured over the years. I can’t understand why Moya hasn’t figured that kind of wall play out by now. Wouldn’t that be the same play at any level of baseball? Kind of instinctual. Not sure how much more “experience” will help him. But I do like him as a player and hope he can continue to play at MLB level. He has gifted power. Regarding the “snake handler”, snake handling and church services should be mutually exclusive. It saddens me that these guys, in effect, temp God with circus antics, somehow designed to prove their faith and God’s grace. It’s idiotic at best. In my field of work I’ve captured and studied many Timber rattlers which is the species I think they generally use. Not a lover of snakes but it was one of my assigned studies. Timbers are a fairly passive species compared to their Diamondback cousins but their bite is just as deadly. These “showoffs” rely on the passive nature of timbers to, I believe in their eyes, somehow prove God’s protection. Sometimes they get bit. There are many wise Proverbs that describe what a fool is.

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