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.

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

84tigerslogoTIGERS (career numbers off Iwakuma)

  1. Ian Kinsler, 2B (12-for-32, 2 doubles, 2 HR, 2 walks, 7 K’s)
  2. Tyler Collins, CF
  3. Miguel Cabrera, 1B (4-for-10, 2 HR, 3 walks, 2 K’s)
  4. Victor Martinez, DH (6-for-15, double, 2 HR, 2 walks, 4 K’s)
  5. J.D. Martinez, RF (1-for-7, HR, walk, 5 K’s)
  6. Justin Upton, LF (1-for-6)
  7. Casey McGehee, 3B
  8. Jarrod Saltalamacchia, C (5-for-10, double, walk, K)
  9. Jose Iglesias, SS (6-for-13, double, 3 K’s)

P: Michael Fulmer

oldseattlelogoMARINERS (numbers off Fulmer)

  1. Nori Aoki, LF (0-for-1, HBP)
  2. Seth Smith, RF (1-for-2, K)
  3. Robinson Cano, 2B (0-for-2)
  4. Nelson Cruz, DH
  5. Kyle Seager, 3B (0-for-2)
  6. Adam Lind, 1B (0-for-1, walk)
  7. Leonys Martin, CF (0-for-2, HBP, K)
  8. Mike Zunino, C
  9. Mike Freeman, SS

P: Hisashi Iwakuma


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Not feeling it tonight…..

Maybe if Iwakuma is pulled? Seattle BP?

Hopefully…….but bats weren’t very good yesterday either… maybe hot bats cooling off? Hope not

Good outing for Fulmer . Tiger bats almost silent . Lets get some runs .

10 HR in 22 with McCann
1 in 13 with Saltalamacchia

And Lowe…..I thought he was going to possibly have a nice inning but…,.nope. Although probably doesn’t matter since our hitters have taken night off.

Lowe 11 MM for nothing. A wasted spot in the roster

No didn’t matter …hitters waste two good pitching outings in a row. Not going to get easier….better figure out how to hit the ball.

Who are these relievers for the Mariners? 100 plus seemed the norm and the back end guys both hit 102.

And they threw strikes!

Very nice finish for the Mariners’ relievers to a guy who knows how to pitch. At the end of the game, the balls coming up to the Tigers’ hitters must have looked like peas.

The batting or lack thereof is really reflected by the injuries now. Very thin without Nick and Cam, meaning the big guys can’t take any time off. Henning said the pitching would carry us as long as it held up; like GK said, two really good pitching performances reflect two losses. I give Seattle’s guy credit tonight; he really had us swinging poorly:
1. Fulmer gives you every chance in the world to win.
2. The Thee DP’s, especially the Miggy one.
3. Cano held in check again.
Kudos to Michael; Kinsler did have the one 11 pitch ab. Other than that, it was jet lag soup. Moonbeam starts tomorrow; let’s hope something doesn’t get strained or pulled.
Best news is that the Indians play the Nats tomorrow. Might keep us from drifting too far.

Henning writes dribble. You bloggers and Beck provide more intelligent, well thought out comments and insight into the game.

Another definitely cold hitting streak. Only one run in 22 innings.

Read where Lowe was “happy” about his inning last night.
He is a player whose stats are actually completely indicative of his performance.
He is a 9.00 ERA type and was again last night.
Actually in the major leagues late inning relievers can’t really afford to give up runs much at all.
Nothing changes the fact he has lost his fastball. Yes, he is throwing more strikes but he is one of those guys that simply has to have 96 in his back pocket.
Ausmus cannot rely on him in close games. I hope he understands that.

Does not mean I am blaming Lowe for losing the game. As pointed out above the hitters pooped the bed.
Let’s hope they can rediscover plate discipline and squaring up the ball again.

The “TEAM” cannot afford to squander pitching performances such as the last two they got from their rotation. Got to find a way to stay and/or get back in the game when your guys are keeping it close. When the hitters stop hitting then the energy guys have to find the way.

George Sipple ‏
Gose is batting .343 over last 10G. Not enough to go back to AAA. Dave Littiefield: “We need to see Gose show consistency at the plate.”

Collins is doing OK but Gose does have more MLB experience. Jacoby Jones is struggling and would likely struggle even more in the bigs. Will be next year (if he can stay out of trouble) for him at best.
I guess they stay with Collins though they have been lucky so far as he is not a natural out there.
I do think it is very likely Maybin hits the DL

Prince Fielder retiring from the Rangers

Rosenthal “To be clear: Prince Fielder is not retiring. He is medically disabled and doctors will not clear him to play, sources say”
Still owed 24 MM for the worst contract in the history of the team. And it is not only the money but the consequences.

Wonder if there will be enough left to pay Donn Roach?

Talk about FRAGILE Maybin back to DL. Guess what if you can’t stay healthy for more than a few weeks at a time it doesn’t matter how good you’ve been. Pretty much losing my patience with him

I know it’s been said a few times but I still cannot believe these guys let Anibal’s 1 run gem and Fulmer’s 2 run gem go down as losses! You don’t have to score 11 every time out and win a slugfest (Fenway type duel) although its fun to watch! They definitely miss Cam and will miss Casty soon too. If Anibal can string together a couple of more confidence builder games, he could help them down the stretch.
Here’s hoping for health the remainder of the season!!

Quick and quiet…….

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