Saturday’s lineups: Tigers vs. Red Sox

Justin Upton returns to the Tigers lineup after three games, including a total game off Friday night. He returns amidst a 1-for-31 skid, but with some success in limited at-bats against Red Sox starter Drew Pomeranz. Andrew Romine makes his fourth consecutive start in center field, while Erick Aybar makes his third consecutive start at shortstop, this one against the lefty.

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

tigerroarlogoTIGERS (career numbers vs. Pomeranz)

  1. Ian Kinsler, 2B (0-for-3, K)
  2. Erick Aybar, SS (2-for-10, 2 K’s)
  3. Miguel Cabrera, 1B (1-for-1, 2 walks)
  4. Victor Martinez, DH (0-for-3, 2 K’s)
  5. J.D. Martinez, RF (2-for-2, double)
  6. Justin Upton, LF (2-for-7, 2 walks, 3 K’s)
  7. Casey McGehee, 3B
  8. James McCann, C (0-for-2, K)
  9. Andrew Romine, CF (1-for-2)

P: Daniel Norris

redsoxlogoRED SOX (numbers against Norris)

  1. Dustin Pedroia, 2B
  2. Xander Bogaerts, SS (1-for-2)
  3. David Ortiz, DH (1-for-3, HR, K)
  4. Mookie Betts, RF
  5. Hanley Ramirez, 1B (2-for-2, double)
  6. Jackie Bradley Jr., CF (1-for-2, K)
  7. Aaron Hill, 3B
  8. Andrew Benintendi, LF
  9. Bryan Holaday, C

P: Drew Pomeranz

23 Comments

Has anyone heard possible start time?

J-Up,you were supposed to hit the RESET button not the REPLAY button.
BTW, Cleveland will not let the Tigers catch them so all that is remotely possible is a wild card berth. And contrary to semi-popular belife that the Tigers need J-Up to carry them I say that is balderdash.
They need MIGGY to carry them. He needs to go on one of those unbelievable streaks that inspire his teammates. The difference between carrying a team and inspiring them is in his hands. Not Uptons.

Norris better get that slider working or he is toast

Wow–not sure if anyone in baseball does that play any better than Kinsler does.

Figured the Tigers will lose (again they are not hitting) but now with the uncanny Ortiz putting ANOTHER one out. (How do they get this guy out?). It’s about dead certain they lose another

Miggy is hitting .339 with a .985 OPS in August That is excellent. It is time for F-Up to step up, along with the rest of the Toledo Tigers.

If F-Up did anything close to what Miggy has done, I would consider him a carrier. Instead, he has been something like 2 for 2 weeks. F-Up has been a submarine. And if Upton had acted like a carrier, then I bet the Tigers would be looking straight into the eyes of the Indians at this point. In no way or fashion does Miggy deserve criticism for his performance.

Also, just to put things into perspective, Ortiz has been fabulous in August with a .294 BA and a.942 OPS.BUT, Miggy trumps him. PLUS, Miggy gives solid and sometimes spectacular defensive play.

So then, here is the F-Up non-prduction stat line. In August, he has a .130 BA with a .320 OPS.

THE STRATEGY IS ALWAYS THE SAME WITH THIS TEAM…NONE!
THEIR ALWAYS GOING FOR THE BIG INNING AND IT’ NOT WORKING….JV
SEEMS TO BE THEIR ONLY OFFENSE WITH A OCCASSIONAL HR HERE OR THERE….BUNT , DO SOMETHING THE OPPONENT DOESN’T EXPECT…
ENOUGH!

Have 2 players on this team batting over 250 in the last seven days and their names are Martinez and Martinez……everyone else is not pulling their weight right nowm

Might have been misunderstood. I certainly did not mean to say or imply that he wasn’t hitting, producing or playing well.
What I am saying is that his personality and ability to transcend the normal parameters that other baseball players have—he is the type of player (and the other players on this team need it) that can actually inspire other players to play better. Bit many players can do that.
That is MORE than “carrying” a team. Apparently Upton can “carry” a team. For a brief spurt (I don’t think he will ever do it here this year) but he definitely does it with a more individual feel to it. He does not transmit energy to his teammates.
If he is able to do that the team has a chance at a wild card.

Sorry by “he” in my last sentence I mean Miggy.
Upton will not even marginally help this team the rest of the year.
Miggy can transform it

Why would Ausmus PH Collins there instead of Salty???
Wasted a bench player

Miggy with a big hit NOT

If we keep it to 1 run I sure hope Victor gets a bit more unselfish than he was last AB.
If they shift him try to get onby hitting to LF and let JD do his thing.
Could have worked last time up.
Let Ortiz hit into the shift Vic–just get on.

While I am at it–why would Aybar swing at the 1st pitch with men on?
The guy had just walked Kinsler and McCann a couple of batters before that.

1-4 did crap tonight….last night for that matter.

Upton almost had that one, he just can’t catch a break.

Man O Man, what the hell has happened to our hitting?

Looks like the hitting took a vacation . The Toledo players will follow but not lead.

The whipping Boy is cursed beyond measure; hit’s the cover off the ball for a trying tater, that misses by 2.2615 inches of going out; that’s when you know your toast with Casey at the bat. Not a thing against him; he’s an adequate fill in with one XBH and maybe one RBI. This is one of many reasons why our season is done. The starting pitching was okay; I believe I had posted earlier to walk Papi anytime there was a runner on base. He has killed us for the last 10 years. So what is the problem now?
1. Ian,at leadoff, not taking a pitch but trying to launch one. His average has fallen 20 pts in the last 10 days.
2. Aybar, an upgrade over Aviles, but still a retread.
3. Miggy, hot for 6, cold for 7.
4. VMart, following in Miggy’s footsteps.
5. J-Up, a total mess.
6. Casey, already alluded to, another retread.
7. McCann,gets one bif hit off the lefty, goes to sleep for the night.
8. Romine,if a walk or hit batter were needed, he’d answer the call.
9. Collins,looks more like Olive Oil than Popeye.
10.Salty, no big bomb in a good while.
11. Presley, go back to Graceland.
And there’s Julio, who missed 7 weeks of playing, and hasn’t missed much of anything since coming back.
Three things to like:
1. The last 15 Red Sox didn’t leave home plate.
2. Kinsler’s defense has not taken a vacation.
3. Julio has a sweet sing.
Kudos to Alex, Justin, who finally looked himself, and Green who most of the time comes through. Also to Julio and J-Up for the two hits. By this time tomorrow night, we will probably be tied for second by the Royals. In summary again, this team has caused more grief and hearache to Tiger Fans than any in past memory. 10 days ago we were 12 over .500, and now we head back to the norm.

Maybin activated–Machado down

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