Friday’s lineups: Tigers (with Kinsler) vs. Royals

UPDATE: Salvador Perez has been scratched from the Royals lineup with a sore right knee. Drew Butera gets the start behind the plate.

As expected, Ian Kinsler is back in the Tigers lineup, having passed the concussion protocol today with no symptoms following his baseball activity yesterday. He’s back in the leadoff spot.

The one guy getting a day off after the late-night travel back from Minnesota is catcher James McCann. He’s 3-for-17 with seven strikeouts for his career against Royals starter Danny Duffy. Jarrod Saltalamacchia has just three at-bats against the lefty, but two of them are home runs. It’s not a big enough sample size that Saltalamacchia would’ve played regardless, manager Brad Ausmus indicated, but it presented an opportunity for McCann to get a day off with a quick turnaround from night game to day game.

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tigerslogoTIGERS (career numbers off Duffy)

  1. Ian Kinsler, 2B (6-for-28, double, 2 HR, 3 walks, 4 K’s)
  2. Cameron Maybin, CF (1-for-3, K)
  3. Miguel Cabrera, 1B (7-for-30, 3 doubles, 8 walks, 8 K’s)
  4. Victor Martinez, DH (10-for-33, double, 2 HR, 3 walks, 4 K’s)
  5. J.D. Martinez, RF (3-for-20, double, HR, 2 walks, 8 K’s)
  6. Justin Upton, LF (2-for-9, HR, 4 K’s)
  7. Erick Aybar, 3B (3-for-6)
  8. Jarrod Saltalamacchia, C (2-for-3, 2 HR, walk)
  9. Jose Iglesias, SS (4-for-13, triple, walk, 2 K’s)

P: Michael Fulmer

royalslogonotextROYALS (numbers vs. Fulmer)

  1. Jarrod Dyson, CF (1-for-5, walk, K)
  2. Whit Merrifield, 2B (1-for-3)
  3. Eric Hosmer, 1B (2-for-9, HR, walk, 2 K’s)
  4. Kendrys Morales, DH (3-for-7, 3 walks, K)
  5. Salvador Perez, C Paulo Orlando, RF (3-for-8, double, walk, K)
  6. Alex Gordon, LF (2-for-6, K)
  7. Alcides Escobar, SS (0-for-8, K)
  8. Cheslor Cuthbert, 3B (4-for-8, 2 doubles, 2 K’s)
  9. Drew Butera, C

P: Danny Duffy


“…it presented an opportunity for McCann to get a day off this series with righties coming up the next two days and a quick turnaround from night game to day game.”

I’m sorry, this makes no sense… it sounds like McCann is getting rested now, so he can play against the two righties? Am I reading that right??

McCann is unplayable against RHP, so if you’re going to rest McCann, why do it against the only lefty in the series? McCann shouldn’t be playing against RHP at all, ever. Out of the 259 players with 220 PAs against righties this year, McCann ranks DEAD LAST in offense with a 32 wRC+. So he’s not just bad, he’s literally the worst.

I was just going to post pretty much the same comment. At least the bafflegab given up about resting him. Shocked not to see him against the lefty. Salty is a pretty lousy hitter whatever side of the plate but worse against southpaws.
So what sense does any of that decision make?

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So far, so good.

Still learning how to use my phone.

Iphone 7? you are not alone

Not a 7. My laptop is getting a tune-up so I switched to my phone.

Good start. Two runs in the 1st instead of the usual one run. They made Duffy throw 35 pitches. Fulmer only 12. JD in a hitting slump? Could anyone else besides Victor have scored on J-Up’s double? Now keep them shut ou in the 2nd.t

9 SO in last 20 ( plus 1 erased)

Reggie Upton

I’m at the game, picked a good one.

Magglio is there and will be in the booth with Mario & Rod.

Enjoy the moment Kate! Lucky you. Some day I hope to get there as well. Never been.
Salty drives me crazy.
Apparently Brad is unconcerned that he can’t hit even his mother’s weight.
Jut gotta get JD engaged again. Especially when the other guys in the middle of the lineup are dangerous.

That is on Fulmer, fundamentals

Nice to see Magglio

Still watches the HR. “Unforgettable moment.”

9.1 Innings to win the ERA title

Victor has “fixed” himself. Beautiful hit in the hole.
Tigers ahead 6-0. Victor dealing with wobbly pins.
Take him out for a PR and show you are a manager with some visionary skills.

Next order of business–wear the bullpen out as much as possible to impact the next two games.

OK Brad–use your head.
You are obsessed with Fulmer’s innings.
Well how about getting him out after 6, or if you are at all willing to be “visionary”, right now after 5.
Keep the between game routine stable and limit the innings.

He learns fast

or not

That’s a whole bunch of crap

3.In the case of a play that results in a third-out call, a Manager must immediately run onto the field to notify an Umpire that the Club is contemplating challenging the play (and in all circumstances must be on the field in less than ten (10) seconds from the Umpire’s third-out call), and in such cases the Crew Chief shall hold the defensive players on the field.

“The Manager will have no more than thirty (30) seconds after entering the field to notify an Umpire that he is invoking a challenge”
Sorry, this was missing.
Yes, he takes longer, The reliever was already warming up

Thanks El T. Seems like they may have blown that call then.
At any rate. It is high time to replace Fulmer with a reliever.
If he comes out for another inning I have to question management about what it is they are exactly they are trying to accomplish with Fulmer.

I have been highly critical of Upton over his earlier performance this season. But, he has been dynamite for the last month. Upton is now at .239 with 27 HRs and 81 RBIs. By comparison, Heyward, the preferred FA choice of many is at .230 with 7 HRs and 45 RBIs. Even the oft criticized McCann has better run production stats in far fewer ABs than Heywrd with his 12 HRs and 47 RBIs.

I really didn’t have much of a problem with Fulmer thru 6. He was throwing well and showed no evidence of physically struggling. But, I’ll cave in to the pitch count and innings fans now..7 innings and 100 pitches is enough.

Tigers get the much needed win . Well played game . Too bad Snakes coughed up the lead in Baltimore. This next week will test your nerves for sure.

Welcome back Kotter(er Ian). It was great to have you in the lineup and scoring three runs. The lineup, with the help of some KC blunders, had Duffy on his backside early and often. Three nice taters against him, and he was pretty much done in the 4th. I’m not going to delve into Brad’s thought process right now; Tigers are winning, in various ways, so ride it to the end if possible:
1. ROY Fulmer has no walks against s KC lineup that torments opposing pitchers.
2. The Iggy unassisted DP was very nice. Hope the hand is just sore enough to take no time or no more than one game off.
3. Whippin Boy, Magic Legs, and Oven Mitt Fingers, all stroke some big ones.
Kudos to Ian, Cam, JUpton, Victor, and Michael. Am amzed every time Whippin Boy hits a long one; the bat speed and power are truly amazing. He’s finally over .300 for OBP, and at the norm for Homers and Ribs. I think he likes being a Tiger. Liked the Hardy 8th; Lowe took a step backwards, and we come out on top with little from Miggy and Julio. Different folks each night; what ypu have to have to win. Hard to believe that we are depending on young 20 somethings to pitch us to the playoffs. Thanks again Dave D. Wouldn’t it be nice to beat KC’s Prima Dona tomorrow night. Haven’t done it yet in three years.

Greg, I like Fulmer and was talking not long ago, when he was 10-3(?) and leading the AL in ERA, about him possibly earning Cy Young votes. Now, I’m not even so sure he will be ROY. NYY Sanchez has been getting a tremendous amount of support on various sports programs and has been compared favorably to Roger Maris and Babe Ruth. In fact the MLB website recently posted ‘#AwardWorthy: Vote Sanchez for Best Rookie’ in its LATEST NEWS segment That’s tough stuff to overcome.

Sanchez has to prove he doesn’t have the Chris Shelton Syndrome. Lot’s of guys coming up late or starting early fizzle over a long period of time. Not to take anything from Sanchez, but Michael has faced the tough opponents of the league, and though he has slowed down some, he has top of the rotation stuff. Your comments are well taken, and could be true; I guess we’ll find out soon enough.

Anything that requires voting is a total crap shoot.

I guess Cabrera’s hand is ok because little comment about it postgame. He’s been quite an effectively daring baserunner recently. There might be a point of diminishing returns in regard to injury risk with his freewheeling approach though.

One of the stranger bits of baseball superstition this season involved the Royals, who adopted a praying mantis as a mascot of sorts for awhile. Other than Joba and the midges, I’m at a loss to come up with another occurrence of a team considering bugs as either an omen or charm.

The ongoing saga of playing the catcher with the least chance of hitting vs opposition pitching.
Why McCann against the tough RHP today and not yesterday?
Is it all because of who’s catching who? If so didn’t James catch those games that led up to Fulmer going 10-3?
At least we have Iggy and Romine manning the left side of the infield today. Glad to see that.
Baltimore game last night was interesting and all of the Wild Card teams played hard last night. Only Houston lost.

Perez catching today. Can Daniel can control Hosmer/Morales/Salvie?
That may be the key. Bottom of the lineup for KC looks week today.
Ventura needs to be jumped on and if it takes some self-sacrificing small ball they had better do it.

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