Saturday’s lineups: Tigers vs. Royals

With Justin Upton on bereavement, Brad Ausmus said Friday he’d have to start one of his left-handed hitting outfielders against Danny Duffy on Saturday. After Friday’s performance, Tyler Collins is the left-handed bat starting, playing in left field. Steven Moya sits amidst a 3-for-26, 15-strikeout slump since the start of the last road trip June 30.

On the Royals side, Alcides Escobar returns to the leadoff spot in the order for the first time since June 29 and the second time since June 8. Whit Merrifield, who had been getting the bulk of the starts up top, is off tonight. Alex Gordon, who received a stretch of leadoff starts before the break, is batting fifth.

On the umpiring front, Vic Carapazza is behind home plate tonight. He was in the headlines a couple weeks ago with a trio of Blue Jays ejections July 1 against the Indians at Rogers Centre. This pitch and the resulting argument was the reason behind the one-game suspension Edwin Encarnacion served against the Tigers just before the break.

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

tigers1957logoTIGERS (career numbers vs. Danny Duffy)

  1. Ian Kinsler, 2B (3-for-20, HR, 2 walks, 3 K’s)
  2. Cameron Maybin, CF
  3. Miguel Cabrera, 1B (6-for-24, 3 doubles, 8 walks, 7 K’s)
  4. Victor Martinez, DH (9-for-25, double, 2 HR, 2 walks, K)
  5. Nick Castellanos, 3B (6-for-18, triple, HR, 3 K’s)
  6. Mike Aviles, RF (4-for-15, 2 doubles, 3 walks, 3 K’s)
  7. James McCann, C (2-for-8, 2 walks, 2 K’s)
  8. Tyler Collins, LF (0-for-2)
  9. Jose Iglesias, SS (2-for-10, triple,  K)

P: Mike Pelfrey

royalsbigrlogoROYALS (career numbers off Pelfrey)

  1. Alcides Escobar, SS (8-for-20, double)
  2. Eric Hosmer, 1B (5-for-12, double, 5 walks, 2 K’s)
  3. Kendrys Morales, DH (3-for-13, double, 2 K’s)
  4. Salvador Perez, C (5-for-18, double, K)
  5. Alex Gordon, LF (5-for-16, triple, 2 walks, 6 K’s)
  6. Paulo Orlando, RF (0-for-3, K)
  7. Cheslor Cuthbert, 3B
  8. Christian Colon, 2B (1-for-2, walk)
  9. Jarrod Dyson, CF (0-for-2, walk, K)

P: Danny Duffy


Don’t look at the match up numbers. Just close your eyes and cross your fingers. Or vice versa.

Pelfrey really makes me nervous. He’s pitching better, but he allows too many base runners. He’ll need plenty of run support today.

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The bad Pelfrey shows up tonight.

Miggy = rally killer. AGAIN?

The Pelfrey Fan Club needs to face reality. It’s not the hits. The free rides bury him all the time.

Well, I’ll start, since no else is stirring. What disappoints me about this game is that the outcome was revealed in the first inning. The odds of coming back from that debacle were very low. You really wouldn’t have been any worse off starting Dustin instead of Mike. The time has come when everyone knows that Mike is a groundball away from getting out of the inning. Just think what his record and numbers would be if at least didn’t have that sinker to get 10 DP’s. I mean, we need to get real folks; every start he makes puts the defense on alert, and pressures the offense to score at least five runs off a decent lefty. You know, I really do ache for this guy; he wears the old English D, which means he’s one of my heroes. But I am heroed out with Mike Pelfry starts. That’s just my opinion, and I respect any one who disagrees with sound logical evidence to the contrary. And this is an 8 M man:
1. Same news: Kinsler comes to play and truly is our MVP.
2. The Pen only gave up 4 hits and 1 run over the last five innings.
3. Lowe gets her ERA under 10.
Kudos to Ian. Rondon and Greene threw well. It’s hard to believe that we gave up more walks than had K’s. Miggy, again, has a horrid night against a lefty of all things.
McCann is sucking pond water, Victor suddenly looks warn out, and we keep rolling along. Do hope that Salty is in the lineup tomorrow to at least try to get something going. Moya can redeem himself, and maybe someone other than Kinser will show up. Very disappointed in tonight’s game.

Check Miggy’s splits. He has hit RHPs much better than LHP.s this year Historically, that has not been the case. He has been pretty even over the years.

Just saw that Upton will be back tomorrow, and Moya goes down. Guess Collins has a little better D to offer.

Moya needs to play regularly and develop He will hit much better than Collins (at any level), and possibly Upton for the remainder of this season at the MLB level. But his defense is another issue, a major one. That needs to improve and definitely can through concentration and repetition.

Just the facts… Of the 95 qualified Starters in MLB, Pelfrey has the highest WHIP (1.76) and highest BA (.332) of any. He is listed as the #2 Starter on the Tigers rotation depth chart. Of the 18 starts Pelfrey has made, 5 were of the Quality variety. However, 8 starts resulted in losses

Lets hope a better squad shows up tomorrow. Another hard to watch loss . More walks by the pitching staff and a hit batter . Miggy again looked lost at the plate . Something has to jump start this team . Not sure if you can even shame them into winning anymore .
Ned Yost had to be laughing inside after the first inning .
Maybe tomorrow lets hope so .

Tigers fans rejoice
Miguel showed his frustration . It even took the best of him for a moment. After two pretty good defensive plays, he lost concentration. No laugh, no chat, the Tigers still lost. It made no difference but you can rest assured he cares.

VS RHP is the same as ever:.324.384.575.959. He is having problems with LHP and he is unable to find why.

Joyce? Joyce ? where are you?

“Manfred said MLB doesn’t control hiring decisions made by teams, but he said it does have three hiring tools available, including the Selig Rule, which makes teams interview minority candidates, though it’s waived in-season when teams have to make quick decisions on replacements”
But Detroit media stick to the” you will get Lamont if Ausmus is replaced due to MLB rules” tale.

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