Monday’s lineups: Tigers vs. Royals

Weather permitting, Dixon Machado will return to the Tigers lineup tonight against Ian Kennedy, who has put up 19 1/3 innings of two-run ball over his last few starts but has never earned a win over Detroit. Miguel Cabrera and Ian Kinsler have owned Kennedy in small sample sizes. Casey McGehee has not, but all but one of his at-bats against Kennedy happened in 2014 or earlier.

In case anyone forgot over the last few weeks, Salvador Perez is 16-for-39 with four doubles, three homers and 10 RBIs in as many games off Tigers pitching this season.

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tigerroarlogoTIGERS (career numbers vs. Ian Kennedy)

  1. Ian Kinsler, 2B (7-for-12, 4 doubles, HR, K)
  2. Tyler Collins, CF (0-for-2)
  3. Miguel Cabrera, 1B (5-for-12, 2 doubles, triple, 2 walks)
  4. Victor Martinez, DH (3-for-12, K)
  5. J.D. Martinez, RF (0-for-3, K)
  6. Justin Upton, LF (3-for-11, HR, 3 walks, 3 K’s)
  7. Casey McGehee, 3B (1-for-12, 3 walks, 3 K’s)
  8. James McCann, C (0-for-2)
  9. Dixon Machado, SS

P: Daniel Norris

sluggerrrrROYALS (career numbers off Norris)

  1. Paulo Orlando, CF
  2. Cheslor Cuthbert, 3B
  3. Lorenzo Cain, RF (2-for-3, double)
  4. Eric Hosmer, 1B (1-for-3, double)
  5. Kendrys Morales, DH (0-for-4, walk)
  6. Salvador Perez, C
  7. Alex Gordon, LF
  8. Alcides Escobar, SS (1-for-3, triple)
  9. Raul Mondesi, 2B

P: Ian Kennedy


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Tigers didn’t bring their bats so far….hopefully

Putting out an APB on tiger’s bats

Upton…More of a submarine than a carrier. He makes Delmon look extraordinary.

Great job….Indians lose so you put up a lackluster performance….lethargic ..unimpressed uninspired…..typical
Another hurt player…fragile

The Jekyll and Hyde story continues.
Salty looked horrible at 1st.
Miggy: exactly what Cleveland’s doctor ordered.
Upton: C’mon—really?
Collins is very comfortable (and good) in CF.
And more than a little temperamental.
A lot of temper and a little mental.

Man, McCann, JD, Zim, Casty, Iggy, Maybin injuries have really hurt.
And F-Up —–healthy as a horse. Go figure eh?

Here’s something to consider. Whipping boy Simon had 13 wins and 12 QS in 187 IP last season. This season combined, Pelfrey and Sanchez have 10 wins and 9 QS in 226 IP. Simon cost $4M(?). Sanchez and Pelfrey cost $24M(?).

Gotta get healthy and fast.

This team is a piece of work! Can’t hit, get injuries, can’t save the late innings, base running errors but, they have the youngsters (Fulmer, Boyd, Norris) pitching really well right now! I predict they miss the playoffs entirely O’s/Jays/Red Sox/Astros beat the Tigers out for the final 2 slots. Too many injuries and terrible signings (Upton!!)

The only positive tonight is that they didn’t lose ground for the division, even though it’s becoming a longshot; still play the Tribe enough to catch them if you took nearly every game left with them. But you also have to beat KC. And that seems to be more difficult as the season progresses. Duffy tomorrow night without Cabrera is pretty frightening. But who know? Maybe Miggy heals overnight and is the the lineup tomorrow. Or Maybe McGee hits two homers, or maybe Upton hits anything.
Funny that our problem suddenly is not starting pitching, but hitting for the most part
1. Collins roaming in centerfield is a plus. His mouth at home plate could have negated that seriously.
2. Rondon’s good strong inning.
3. The Kinsler play on Morales with two RISP’s. Kept us in the game.
Kudos to Julio; Norris wasn’t bad; it was more bad luck than bad pitching. Salty did freeze on the bunt, but I’ll give him a pass.We couldn’t hit Kennedy at all. Lineup is really on the weakside, and if Miggy is out for more than two games, this will probably be the final nail on the coffin. Tomorrow night will tell us if JV’s season is real or not.

Baseball should shorten the season to 100 games.
This would help to avoid the rash of serious injuries.
Anybody want to mention that to the commish and the owners?

Just a thought(If I may) Upton should loosen up….he looks like, may I say “tight ass”….up at the plate….If you all noticed..Machado looked very good in his first game..what does Asmus do? he sits him out for two games? If that doesn’t instill
confidence in a player, nothing does…he looked a little overmatched tonight.
In defense of Salty’s play…com’on whoever you are,give the guy a break…It’s
a difficult position to play ….who else did want to replace an injured Cabrera…
Good night!

Something wrong with commenting on a professional baseball player’s performance or abilities?
Salty WAS horrible. Giving him a break has very little to do with anything.
What it does do though is give us some foreshadowing of what he might do in the future. Better off with Romine there though I certainly understand Ausmus’ thinking in terms of pffensive HR potential in replacing the Big Man in a tight game.

Watching Aviles and Machado stumble around at bat and in the field made me appreciate Iggy even more. I guess the same can be said for Salty and Miggy.

Dan, I’m not shy about criticizing a player’s performance especially with what they are paid. Salty’s moment was critical, but having him at replace Miggy was IMO the best option. He has much more power than Romine, and he’s hit a big one for us on multiple occasions this year. If he makes the play at home which was not guaranteed, if the scenario plays out in the ninth, KC ties the game, Tyler is tossed, and moves have to be made anyway. I gave him a pass based on those many criteria, plus the fact that we hadn’t done squat offensively all game long. Again, this is why I love the blog; one can express an opinion without fear of having his house set afire.

I agree he was the option at the time. Just saying from what we saw there (there were a lot more mistakes than just that bunt) he would be a liability to play there in the future.

Ian Kennedy has been pitching great. Ran into him at the wrong time. I guess we needed 3 shut outs in a row.

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