Monday’s lineups: Tigers at Mariners
Cameron Maybin said Sunday he planned to try to give it a go Monday night. When he said that, though, his sprained left thumb was wrapped and still swollen. It still appears to be an issue, since he’s out of the lineup once again.
Asked Sunday if this has lingered longer than he expected when he injured it last Wednesday, he said, “Much longer. Now I’m slightly annoyed at this point. It’s part of playing the game hard and playing the game the way I play, but it’s a little annoying, especially with where we are right now. Especially like now, you feel good, you’re playing well, helping the team, everybody’s gotta do their part, but I feel like I’m a big part.
“I don’t like to use the word frustrated too much, but sometimes you gotta play through some pain or a lot of pain, but I’m just trying to make sure I’m good for my guys because I feel like I make a pretty big impact when I’m in the lineup.”
With Maybin out, Tyler Collins gets another in center. He’ll face Mariners starter Hisashi Iwakuma for the first time. Left-handed hitters are batting .288 (74-for-257) off Iwakuma this season with nine home runs and a .780 OPS. Perhaps more surprising, Iwakuma has given up 10 home runs in as many starts at Safeco Field this year, though he has allowed only one home run in his last four home starts.
All that sets up a potentially friendly opener for Victor Martinez, 6-for-15 off Iwakuma for his career. He’s batting .373 (19-for-51) over his last 15 games with two homers and nine RBIs (thanks, MLB Network research). Miguel Cabrera, 4-for-10 with two homers off Iwakuma, is batting .429 (27-for-63) over his last 17 games with seven homers and 21 RBIs.
TIGERS (career numbers off Iwakuma)
- Ian Kinsler, 2B (12-for-32, 2 doubles, 2 HR, 2 walks, 7 K’s)
- Tyler Collins, CF
- Miguel Cabrera, 1B (4-for-10, 2 HR, 3 walks, 2 K’s)
- Victor Martinez, DH (6-for-15, double, 2 HR, 2 walks, 4 K’s)
- J.D. Martinez, RF (1-for-7, HR, walk, 5 K’s)
- Justin Upton, LF (1-for-6)
- Casey McGehee, 3B
- Jarrod Saltalamacchia, C (5-for-10, double, walk, K)
- Jose Iglesias, SS (6-for-13, double, 3 K’s)
P: Michael Fulmer
MARINERS (numbers off Fulmer)
- Nori Aoki, LF (0-for-1, HBP)
- Seth Smith, RF (1-for-2, K)
- Robinson Cano, 2B (0-for-2)
- Nelson Cruz, DH
- Kyle Seager, 3B (0-for-2)
- Adam Lind, 1B (0-for-1, walk)
- Leonys Martin, CF (0-for-2, HBP, K)
- Mike Zunino, C
- Mike Freeman, SS
P: Hisashi Iwakuma