Saturday’s lineups: Tigres vs. Mets


Not a typo in the headline; it’s Fiesta Tigres night at Comerica Park, so the Tigers are bringing out the Tigres script uniforms that set the Twitter spelling police alight. You’ve been warned.

Other than Cameron Maybin being 0-for-1 against Logan Verrett, there’s no history in this pitching matchup. And Maybin is out of the lineup for a third consecutive game with a sprained left thumb. He said after last night’s game there was still some swelling and that he remains day-to-day.

On the Mets side, Curtis Granderson turns back to the clock to the days when he roamed center field at Comerica Park.

With no matchup data, here are some statistical trends from our friends at MLB Network research:

  • Miguel Cabrera is batting .455 (25-for-55) with seven home runs and 18 RBIs over his last 15 games.
  • Victor Martinez is 11-for-24 with six RBIs over his last seven games.
  • Jay Bruce is just 2-for-15 with four strikeouts in as many games for the Mets since his trade from Cincinnati on Monday.
  • Wilmer Flores, who turned 25 today, is batting .348 (24-for-69) with seven homers off left-handed pitching this season, compared to his .209 average off righties.
  • The Mets are batting .205 with runners in scoring position for the season. Not only is that worst in the Majors this year, it would be the third-lowest single-season mark in MLB’s expansion era (since 1961) if it holds. The 1969 Padres (.201) hold the standard for RISP futility, surpassing the 1968 Mets (.204).

tigerroarlogoTIGERS

  1. Ian Kinsler, 2B
  2. Tyler Collins, CF
  3. Miguel Cabrera, 1B
  4. Victor Martinez, DH
  5. J.D. Martinez, RF
  6. Nick Castellanos, 3B
  7. Justin Upton, LF
  8. Jarrod Saltalamacchia, C
  9. Jose Iglesias, SS

P: Matt Boyd

metsblacklogoMETS

  1. Curtis Granderson, CF
  2. Ty Kelly, LF
  3. Neil Walker, 2B
  4. Jay Bruce, RF
  5. Wilmer Flores, 1B
  6. Travis d’Arnaud, C
  7. Kelly Johnson, 3B
  8. Rene Rivera, DH
  9. Matt Reynolds, SS

P: Logan Verrett

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First Harrell, now Váldez. Players that find it when they leave the Tigers

Darn shame that Magglio couldn’t make it. I was truly looking forward to seeing him.

Victor looks like he’s in pain.
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Maybin is a real difference maker for this team. I miss him when he’s not in the lineup.

Yes the first thing I do is look to see if Cam is in the lineup . He has been worth his weight to the Tigers .

Thank you, Salty!

Crap
Casty out now just when we get to full strength
McGehee has been hitting all year
This game is far from over
They are pounding AW

Non-displaced fracture to Nick’s hand reported by Jim and Dan.

“Nick Castellanos left with non-displaced fracture of fifth metacarpal of his left hand” McGhee out of the game at Toledo

I surely hope Nick is okay.Mostly, because he is person with physical and emotional feelings with a family, just like us. And of course, beause I think he is important to the Tigers.

Just heard Nick sustained a fracture. I know for certain there are certain commenters who feel Nick is close to worthless, and I have repeatedly argued against that position this season. In any event, the Great Aviles gets to do what he can do, at least in the short term. That should make some folks happy. In the long term.maybe a call-up and a chance for McGhee to help the team. Maybe I am one of only a few, but I’m concerned regardless of who subs in.

You know, I think either Nick or Romine would have made the play on Walker that Aviles just blew. Hope it doesn’t lead to more.

So now Aviles boots another play to let Walker score.

PRICELESS. Aviles was a bad sign from the get-go. He has had a few moments just as Gonzo did before his release. But just like Gonzo, Aviles had some good career years. But, he’s done and needs to go.

Dan & Jim: Zimmerman to DL. Norris will pitch Tues.

BP seems to be getting overworked? The Wilsons and Greene seem to be in every game lately. Can F-Rod pitch again tonight?

Only 8 pitches by Greene. Can he pitch the 9th if F-Rod is not available?

He probably can, but will Ausmus let him? I don’t think Frankie will pitch because of so many pitches last night.

I’m wrong.

Here he is. I hope I am wrong about going with Greene.

JD Martinez. Thank God!

JD comes thru with a great throw to he plate . Tigers squeak out another one.

Can they give a save to an outfielder? F-Rod almost did blow it. Maybe the grass would have been Greene-r?

JD & Salty!!!! Terrific way to end the game.

Got lucky on a very nice throw by JD. Bruce blew it and didn’t hit the plate. So, PAPA K-Rod gets another save. He must be living right

We got a bit lucky tonight
Playing like they were going to find a way to lose
Frankie is muddling through lately. I hope they keep a close eye on him cause hitters are just taking a “sit back and slap” approach on the endless litany of change-ups
Can’t afford any more injuries or Aviles replacing them
Collins is playing as well as anybody on this team rift now
Big game (personally) for Anibal tomorrow

Another series win but can they sweep? Facing another Mets’ long-haired phenom named deGrom Sunday. (Hmmm, maybe I should have tried poetry.)

KRod has pitched 42 games. has allowed a run in 8. Faced the minimum or make out all the batters he faced in 23
He has allowed a run in two games since June 13 (2 unearned runs in one of those games)
13 cleans saves including one 4 outs save facing 4 batters, one week ago.
2 games are not the end of the world.

That Third baseman who refuses to take a walk worked another 10 pitch walk, then went on a fastball to his hand for at least a month. I know the Mets have a boat load of guys on DL, but we surely have been snakebitten as well. Will we ever see the Intended Starting 8 and the Intended Rotation at any time during the regular season? The odds don’t look so promising. For us to make the playoffs now, three things must happen immediately:
1. Upton has got to catch on fire for 6 weeks.
2. Salty needs to catch at least half the remaining games.
3. Norris must pitch with urgency and remain injury free for the next 6 weeks.
Amd I might add that Boyd has got to extend his outings to at least 6 or 7 each time out. If not, we will have fried Greens and Cooked Double Wilsons.
Three reasons I remain cautiously optimistic:
1. Julio appears to be back in form and contributing daily.
2. Mig and Vic seem to have gotten a second wind, and are ready to carry the team through Sept.
3.Ian remains a very valuable lead off hitter, and Cam’s reinsertion into the line up should energize the offense even more.
Three things I liked about tonight’s win.
1. With all its woes, the Pen did not issue a single walk. Would have been a disaster on top of all the other misery.
2. We made three errors, gave up five runs, and still won the game.
3. Crooked run scoring innings are essential for most wins.
So Nick is gone for at least 25 games; Casey comes up; my advice is to release Aviles, and add Jones, who can play infield and outfield also. I am with Darlene; have been a Nick supporter since his arrival; he has made great strides this year, and we will miss him. Others need to step up in his stead.
Kudos to Miggy, Julio, Salty, and especially Collins who had 4 solid plate appearances tonight. We have the series. A good outing from Anabal would be icing on the cake.

Back on the grid. Good to see ElTigre back. I agree with Darline and Greg regarding Nick. Don’t distress. I think there are quite a few others here who appreciate his contributions as well. 4-1 while I was away…….yippee! Who could ask for more! I would think a lot of other teams are just as beat up at this point in the season. Who wants it more? You’re killin’ me Monk.

Thanks

YOU BLOGGERS DON’T GIVE UP DO YOU? i REMEMBER LAST YEAR YOU WERE READY TO DUMP IAN, ..AND COSTELLANOS…AVILLES HAS DONE
A GOOD JOB CONSIDERING HIS PART TIME STATUS…HE MADE TWO GREAT PLAYS TONIGHT(NO APPLAUSE) THEN A BALL THAT WAS SCALDED AT HIM(BAD HOP) AND YOUR READY TO SEND HIM DOWN ON THE FARM…NICK
WASN”T THE GREATEST FIELDER EITHER AS YOU ALL CAN REMEMBER….BY THE WAY, NO MENTION OF MIGGY’S THROW…..EASE UP…AVILES IS DOING THE BEST HE CAN….NEXT YEAR YOU WON’T HAVE HIM TO KICK AROUND
ANY MORE….I ADMIT I HAVE BEEN CRITICAL OF CERTAIN PLAYERS AND AT
TIMES WISH I HADN’T….BECAUSE WE ALL MAKE MISTAKES, DON’T WE?
THE TIGES ARE PLAYING WELL…..LETS SUPPORT THEM, REGARDLESS
EVEN UPTON…..THE MAN IS GETTING A TON OF MONEY….THEY SAY HE CAN CARRY A TEAM FOR WEEKS….WELL??????? AND YOU PICK ON AVILES?
i WISH SALTY WOULD PLAY MORE….THATS ALL FOR NOW….

Not sure how everyone here can be painted with the same brush given all our very different opinions about the composition and management of this team but I will say that I doubt anyone here blames Aviles for anything.
Aviles is a redundancy on the team. And I think for short stints he fills in well enough but when you start talking about regular play, division championships and playoffs he is not going to be the kind of replacement that gets you there.
It is frustrating to now have to deal with another injury that impacts the whole lineup. We are losing a guy who is likely to be a name that will be remembered in Tiger lore for years to come. Let’s hope for a successful recovery and a smooth transition back into the lineup at a time when it will be much needed.
McGehee hit very well at AAA. No idea how he fielded his position but I suspect he was at least adequate. He seems to be the logical choice over a guy like Jones who would be learning a new position wherever he plays.
And yeah, it is high time that Justin Upton steps up and plays like he has been paid too. Especially in RBI situations. All this while starters like Zimmermann, Pelfrey and Sanchez punctuate a glaring problem developing in the rotation
The next few weeks will really challenge the mettle of this team.

At Fangraphs:
“Reynaldo Cruz and Jorge Ebro spoke at SABR 46 and both had strong words about baseball coverage in Cuba. Based on their experiences — Cruz is based in Cuba, Ebro in Miami — propaganda is rampant. The mainstream media is unwilling to criticize the Cuban national team, which Cruz grew up believing “was better than the major leagues; if we ever played against major leaguers, we would steamroll them.”
Add money poured on them by MLB , the kind of money hey never pay to a Dominican, Mexican or Venezuelan ,and you can understand some recent events.
Nothing new for me but

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