Tuesday’s lineups: Tigers at Twins

Cameron Maybin moves down to the ninth spot in the Tigers batting order today as Erick Aybar takes his 4-for-10 history against Kyle Gibson up to second, where he batted for much of last week before Maybin came back from the disabled list Sunday. Maybin said after his two-run single Sunday that his thumb still hurts, including when he swings, so batting lower could also be a way to conserve his swings.

Justin Upton hasn’t faced Gibson before, since Gibson hasn’t faced the Tigers since last year, but he’s 15-for-35 against Minnesota this season. J.D. Martinez has a very good history against Gibson, and he’s 30-for-68 in August. Gibson, for his part, threw a complete-game victory over Atlanta his last time out, allowing three runs on eight hits with three walks and six strikeouts.

Anibal Sanchez will try to build off the momentum of his no-hit bid last week against Kansas City. He has had quality starts in his last five meetings with Minnesota dating back to June 2014, including 10 strikeouts over six innings of three-run ball last month at Comerica Park. He’ll face a Twins lineup that scored six runs over three games against the Royals over the weekend, including an 0-for-12 series for Joe Mauer. Miguel Sano is hitless in his last 16 at-bats.

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tigerslogoTIGERS (career numbers vs. Gibson)

  1. Ian Kinsler, 2B (9-for-21, double, HR, 3 walks, 2 K’s)
  2. Erick Aybar, SS (4-for-10)
  3. Miguel Cabrera, 1B (5-for-15, double, HR, 2 walks, 3 K’s)
  4. Victor Martinez, DH (4-for-20, double, 3 walks)
  5. J.D. Martinez, RF (8-for-19, double, 2 HR, 2 walks, 5 K’s)
  6. Justin Upton, LF
  7. Casey McGehee, 3B
  8. James McCann, C (0-for-3, 2 K’s)
  9. Cameron Maybin, CF

P: Anibal Sanchez

twinslogoTWINS (career numbers off Sanchez)

  1. Brian Dozier, 2B (2-for-23, 2 walks, 6 K’s)
  2. Jorge Polanco, SS
  3. Joe Mauer, 1B (7-for-29, 2 walks, 6 K’s)
  4. Trevor Plouffe, 3B (4-for-21, HR, 2 walks, 5 K’s)
  5. Max Kepler, RF (0-for-2, walk, K)
  6. Miguel Sano, DH (1-for-3, double, 2 K’s)
  7. Eddie Rosario, CF (0-for-3, 3 K’s)
  8. Juan Centeno, C
  9. Danny Santana, LF (6-for-14, 4 K’s)

P: Kyle Gibson

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In my mind this is probably not a good sign at all.
If you think that one less AB is going to be helpful then maybe 4 less ABs would be more helpful.
Cameron seems the type to want his physical limitations known to the media and the fans. I think if you can grin and bear it then play. Lots of guys do.
To advertise this publicly seems like setting up an excuse if things don’t go well.
And, if he is truly still injured enough to not play near his potential then maybe it is best to not play him at all and play the LHB out there. Last I checked we have THREE of them that can play center.

Hopefully Anibal gets that strike zone

Well I’ve got my answer and it is no…Mauer was struck out on pitches that were called strikes to out batters but not to Mauer.

Iggy taken out for pinch-runner

Hopefully it’s just because they only wanted him to do so much and not because it’s aggravated

POP-UP Kinsler

I hope that is the case (Iggy).
Very disappointed in Ian lately. So obvious what the problem is and now it is affecting him defensively I’m afraid.

I saw something on Twitter that Iggy isn’t hurt he played what he was scheduled to play.

Aybar may not be what he once was, but he is a huge upgrade over Aviles.

Yes what a upgrade that was much needed .

Just maybe Sanchez has turned the corner this August. At first glance, his 10 ERs in 25 IP entering today’s game looks horrid, but throw out the clunker in his 4 starts and it’s only 2 runs in 21 IP. Then factor in Anibal’s performance this evening and he has 4 QS in 5 tries. This guy is now giving the Tigers a chance to win.

Speaking of Aybar, when Iggy returns, I would slide him over to third. He’s more versatile with the bat, and he’s a switch hitter; we really need a bonafide lefty swinger.
Collins and Moya are not the answer. Good finish to the game; ;we have to beat the Twins. I will say this about their team; get them a rotation and they would be very adequate with all the young talent they are developing:
1. 3-6 all hit the ball tonight.
2. Anabal started out just so so, but finished very strongly in the last three innings.
3. No walks from Tiger pitching.
Ian is really swooning right now; Cam still has that energy.
Kudos to Miggy, Victor, Julio, Upton, Aybar, and the 8-9 Mopheads. 6up/6 down.
Anabal has stabilized his season and hopefully contributes all the way to the end. Maybe we can finish this season like we started ’84– 35-5. Wouldn’t that shake it up a bit. Boyd steps up to continue a good stretch of starting pitching.

Good outing for Anibal and the bats come alive . Look like the Tribe will lose in Oakland . These west coast games are keeping me up way to late.

Better give Ian a day off tomorrow (if not another one tonight).

Let’s not get too critical of Ian. Just a while ago someone was talking about him as MVP. He has done more than his share but he may be tired. Try resting him a little more.

I believe I said the same thing as you did Illini.

I thought so, too. And, I agree with you both. So, apparently does Ausmus. Kinsler gets the night off.

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