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Tuesday’s lineups: Tigers at Mariners

As you probably heard by now, Cameron Maybin is headed to the disabled list with what the Tigers are calling a grade 2 sprain of his left thumb (second opinion pending to make sure). No word yet on who would be called up, other than manager Brad Ausmus reportedly saying it’ll most likely be a position player. For today, it means Andrew Romine gets the start in center against Mariners left-hander Wade LeBlanc.

The M’s, meanwhile, return shortstop Ketel Marte from the disabled list. He’s batting ninth tonight in a quite different lineup compared to last night’s series opener.

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tigers1957logoTIGERS (career numbers vs. LeBlanc)

  1. Ian Kinsler, 2B (1-for-2)
  2. Jose Iglesias, SS
  3. Miguel Cabrera, 1B
  4. Victor Martinez, DH
  5. J.D. Martinez, RF
  6. Justin Upton, LF (2-for-19, double, 4 walks, 5 K’s)
  7. Casey McGehee, 3B (3-for-4, double, HR)
  8. James McCann, C
  9. Andrew Romine, CF

P: Daniel Norris

oldmarinerslogoMARINERS (career numbers off Norris)

  1. Guillermo Heredia, LF
  2. Franklin Gutierrez, RF (1-for-3, K)
  3. Robinson Cano, 2B (1-for-5, double, 2 K’s)
  4. Nelson Cruz, DH (1-for-2, HR)
  5. Dae-ho Lee, 1B (0-for-2, K)
  6. Kyle Seager, 3B (0-for-3, K)
  7. Chris Iannetta, C (1-for-2, HR, K)
  8. Leonys Martin, CF (1-for-2, HR)
  9. Ketel Marte, SS

P: Wade LeBlanc

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

Sunday’s lineups: Tigers vs. Mets

Ian Kinsler gets a rare day off, his first game out of Detroit’s starting lineup since June 19. Casey McGehee, meanwhile, is in a Major League lineup for the first time since the Marlins’ season finale last October 4. McGehee bats seventh behind Justin Upton, while Tyler Collins — making his fourth consecutive start in center in place of injured Cameron Maybin — moves up to leadoff and Jose Iglesias slots into second.

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

tigers1927logoTIGERS (career numbers vs. Jacob deGrom)

  1. Tyler Collins, CF
  2. Jose Iglesias, SS
  3. Miguel Cabrera, 1B
  4. Victor Martinez, DH
  5. J.D. Martinez, RF
  6. Justin Upton, LF (2-for-12, 6 K’s)
  7. Casey McGehee, 3B (3-for-11, double, walk, 2 K’s)
  8. James McCann, C
  9. Andrew Romine, 2B

P: Anibal Sanchez

mrmetlogoMETS (career numbers off Sanchez)

  1. Curtis Granderson, RF (2-for-7, HR, walk, 3 K’s)
  2. Alejandro De Aza, CF (4-for-12, 2 doubles, 2 walks, 4 K’s)
  3. Neil Walker, 2B (4-for-17, double, HR, walk, 4 K’s)
  4. Jay Bruce, DH (2-for-8, 2 K’s)
  5. James Loney, 1B (5-for-15, triple, walk, 2 K’s)
  6. Michael Conforto, LF
  7. Travis d’Arnaud, C
  8. Kelly Johnson, 3B (5-for-29, double, triple, HR, 2 walks, 4 K’s)
  9. Matt Reynolds, SS

P: Jacob deGrom

Saturday’s lineups: Tigres vs. Mets


Not a typo in the headline; it’s Fiesta Tigres night at Comerica Park, so the Tigers are bringing out the Tigres script uniforms that set the Twitter spelling police alight. You’ve been warned.

Other than Cameron Maybin being 0-for-1 against Logan Verrett, there’s no history in this pitching matchup. And Maybin is out of the lineup for a third consecutive game with a sprained left thumb. He said after last night’s game there was still some swelling and that he remains day-to-day.

On the Mets side, Curtis Granderson turns back to the clock to the days when he roamed center field at Comerica Park.

With no matchup data, here are some statistical trends from our friends at MLB Network research:

  • Miguel Cabrera is batting .455 (25-for-55) with seven home runs and 18 RBIs over his last 15 games.
  • Victor Martinez is 11-for-24 with six RBIs over his last seven games.
  • Jay Bruce is just 2-for-15 with four strikeouts in as many games for the Mets since his trade from Cincinnati on Monday.
  • Wilmer Flores, who turned 25 today, is batting .348 (24-for-69) with seven homers off left-handed pitching this season, compared to his .209 average off righties.
  • The Mets are batting .205 with runners in scoring position for the season. Not only is that worst in the Majors this year, it would be the third-lowest single-season mark in MLB’s expansion era (since 1961) if it holds. The 1969 Padres (.201) hold the standard for RISP futility, surpassing the 1968 Mets (.204).

tigerroarlogoTIGERS

  1. Ian Kinsler, 2B
  2. Tyler Collins, CF
  3. Miguel Cabrera, 1B
  4. Victor Martinez, DH
  5. J.D. Martinez, RF
  6. Nick Castellanos, 3B
  7. Justin Upton, LF
  8. Jarrod Saltalamacchia, C
  9. Jose Iglesias, SS

P: Matt Boyd

metsblacklogoMETS

  1. Curtis Granderson, CF
  2. Ty Kelly, LF
  3. Neil Walker, 2B
  4. Jay Bruce, RF
  5. Wilmer Flores, 1B
  6. Travis d’Arnaud, C
  7. Kelly Johnson, 3B
  8. Rene Rivera, DH
  9. Matt Reynolds, SS

P: Logan Verrett

Friday’s lineups: Tigers vs. Mets

Cameron Maybin remains out with his sprained thumb, giving Tyler Collins another start in center. Interestingly, though, Collins moves up to second in the batting order against Noah Syndergaard, who’s allowing a .284 batting average and a .729 OPS to left-handed hitters compared to .220 and .562 against righties.

The Mets have a retinkered outfield with Jay Bruce on board and Yoenis Cespedes on the DL, but Curtis Granderson gets a game at designated hitter. Alejandro De Aza is in center.

“It’s been a while since I’ve got a chance to face him,” Granderson said of hitting against Verlander. “But if anything, he’s very competitive and he’s very confident and he’s one of the top guys in that rotation for a reason. He’s been there for a very long time. He’s one of the last guys on that ’06 team that’s still here, so the fans definitely love him and he feeds off of it.”

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

tigerslogoTIGERS

  1. Ian Kinsler, 2B
  2. Tyler Collins, CF
  3. Miguel Cabrera, 1B
  4. Victor Martinez, DH
  5. J.D. Martinez, RF
  6. Nick Castellanos, 3B
  7. Justin Upton, LF (0-for-6, 4 K’s vs. Syndergaard)
  8. James McCann, C
  9. Jose Iglesias, SS

P: Justin Verlander

metslogoMETS (career numbers vs. Verlander)

  1. Curtis Granderson, DH (5-for-25, 2 doubles, triple, HR, 4 walks, 9 K’s)
  2. Alejandro De Aza, CF (9-for-40, double, triple, 2 HR, 2 walks, 11 K’s)
  3. Neil Walker, 2B (2-for-12, double, triple, 4 walks, 5 K’s)
  4. Jay Bruce, RF (1-for-3, double, 2 K’s)
  5. James Loney, 1B (3-for-7)
  6. Kelly Johnson, 3B (0-for-14, 6 K’s)
  7. Brandon Nimmo, LF
  8. Rene Rivera, C (0-for-4, walk, 3 K’s)
  9. Matt Reynolds, SS

P: Noah Syndergaard

Thursday’s lineups: Tigers vs. White Sox

Two notable absences from Detroit’s day-game lineup: Cameron Maybin is out with a sprained left thumb suffered in Wednesday’s win, and Victor Martinez is a late scratch for what the Tigers are calling an extra day of rest. No word whether the scratch was related to that foul ball he took off his foot last night that had him limping around, or the slide into home plate. Martinez was originally in the lineup, then lifted, causing a shuffle that sent Andrew Romine from center field to first base. Maybin is considered day-to-day.

On the White Sox side, Adam Eaton is batting third today for the first time in his Major League career. Tim Anderson and Melky Cabrera move up in the order.

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

tigers1957logoTIGERS (career numbers off Jose Quintana)

  1. Ian Kinsler, 2B (12-for-39, 2 doubles, walk, 5 K’s)
  2. Jose Iglesias, SS (5-for-16, 2 doubles, 4 K’s)
  3. Miguel Cabrera, DH (13-for-37, 5 doubles, HR, 5 walks, 6 K’s)
  4. Nick Castellanos, 3B (9-for-29, walk, 6 K’s)
  5. J.D. Martinez, RF (6-for-22, triple, 3 walks, 8 K’s)
  6. Justin Upton, LF (3-for-8, double, walk, 2 K’s)
  7. Tyler Collins, CF
  8. Jarrod Saltalamacchia, C (0-for-2, K)
  9. Andrew Romine, 1B (1-for-4)

P: Jordan Zimmermann

whitesox70slogoWHITE SOX (career numbers off Zimmermann)

  1. Tim Anderson, SS (2-for-4, 2 doubles)
  2. Melky Cabrera, LF (1-for-8, double, 2 K’s)
  3. Adam Eaton, CF (2-for-7, triple)
  4. Jose Abreu, 1B (2-for-5, double)
  5. Justin Morneau, DH (2-for-6, K)
  6. Todd Frazier, 3B (2-for-10, walk, 4 K’s)
  7. Avisail Garcia, RF (3-for-5, K)
  8. Omar Narvaez, C
  9. Tyler Saladino, 2B (1-for-6)

P: Jose Quintana

Wednesday’s lineups: Tigers vs. White Sox

J.D. Martinez is back on the active roster, but he’s not in the Tigers lineup just yet. Essentially, the plan remains to get Martinezback into the lineup Thursday, but Mike Pelfrey’s back injury led to him returning  a day early. Mike Aviles gets the start in right field against Chris Sale, who barring anything else crazy will pitch tonight.

The White Sox recalled J.B. Shuck from Triple-A Charlotte with Charlie Tilson placed on the 15-day DL, but Adam Eaton gets the start in center field, with former Tiger Avisail Garcia in right against Michael Fulmer after hitting two home runs in the later innings Tuesday night.

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

tigerpitcherlogoTIGERS (career numbers off Sale)

  1. Ian Kinsler, 2B (7-for-34, double, 2 HR, 5 walks, 7 K’s)
  2. Cameron Maybin, CF (2-for-7)
  3. Miguel Cabrera, 1B (9-for-38, 2 HR, 10 walks, 13 K’s)
  4. Victor Martinez, DH (18-for-36, 3 doubles, 4 HR, 3 walks, 5 K’s)
  5. Nick Castellanos, 3B (2-for-22, walk, 10 K’s)
  6. Justin Upton, LF (1-for-3, 2 K’s)
  7. Mike Aviles, RF (7-for-37, HR, 2 walks, 3 K’s)
  8. James McCann, C (3-for-13, double, walk, 5 K’s)
  9. Jose Iglesias, SS (7-for-17, double, HR, K)

P: Michael Fulmer

whitelogo1939logoWHITE SOX (career numbers vs. Fulmer)

  1. Adam Eaton, CF (0-for-2, walk, K)
  2. Tim Anderson, SS (0-for-3)
  3. Melky Cabrera, LF (2-for-3, double, K)
  4. Jose Abreu, 1B (2-for-2, double, walk)
  5. Justin Morneau, DH (1-for-2, HR)
  6. Todd Frazier, 3B (0-for-3, 2 K’s)
  7. Avisail Garcia, RF
  8. Dioner Navarro, C
  9. Tyler Saladino, 2B (0-for-2)

P: Chris Sale

Tuesday’s lineups: Tigers vs. White Sox

Nick Castellanos gets the day off for Tuesday’s series opener. He’s 1-for-16 with six strikeouts against James Shields. Andrew Romine is 1-for-8 with two strikeouts off Shields, but with lefties Chris Sale and Jose Quintana coming up Wednesday and Thursday, Romine’s best fit for a spot start was tonight.

The White Sox swapped outfielders on their roster, calling up just-acquired Charlie Tilson to take the place of just-optioned J.B. Shuck. Tilson, acquired from the Cardinals for Zach Duke, makes his Major League debut, batting eighth and starting in center field. He was batting .282 at Memphis with 16 doubles, eight triples, four homers and 34 RBIs.

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

tigerslogoTIGERS (career numbers off Shields)

  1. Ian Kinsler, 2B (16-for-61, 2 doubles, 5 HR, 4 walks, 4 K’s)
  2. Cameron Maybin, CF (5-for-15, walk)
  3. Miguel Cabrera, 1B (22-for-60, 9 doubles, 3 HR, 6 walks, 11 K’s)
  4. Victor Martinez, DH (14-for-49, 4 doubles, HR, walk, 9 K’s)
  5. Justin Upton, LF (0-for-5, walk, K)
  6. Tyler Collins, RF (1-for-1)
  7. James McCann, C
  8. Andrew Romine, 3B (1-for-8, 2 K’s)
  9. Jose Iglesias, SS (2-for-8, K)

P: Anibal Sanchez

whitesox1959logoWHITE SOX (career numbers vs. Sanchez)

  1. Adam Eaton, RF (6-for-14, 2 HR, walk, 5 K’s)
  2. Tim Anderson, SS (2-for-4, 2 K’s)
  3. Melky Cabrera, LF (15-for-34, double, triple, 5 K’s)
  4. Jose Abreu, 1B (8-for-14, 2 doubles, 2 HR, 2 walks, K)
  5. Justin Morneau, DH (7-for-25, 2 doubles, walk, 4 K’s)
  6. Todd Frazier, 3B (1-for-7, 4 K’s)
  7. Dioner Navarro, C (4-for-13, K)
  8. Charlie Tilson, CF
  9. Tyler Saladino, 2B

P: James Shields

Saturday’s lineups: Tigers vs. Astros

The catching rotation turns back to James McCann tonight against Mike Fiers, who has allowed 13 runs over 14 innings in his last three starts but has been the beneficiary of 26 runs’ worth of support. He allowed four runs over 5 2/3 innings in a 5-4 win over the Tigers on April 17 in Houston.

Alex Bregman continues his quest for his first Major League hit. He’s 0-for-13 since being called up for his big-league debut on Monday.

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

84tigerslogoTIGERS (career numbers on Fiers)

  1. Ian Kinsler, 2B (2-for-8, HR, walk, K)
  2. Cameron Maybin, CF (3-for-9, double, HR, K)
  3. Miguel Cabrera, 1B (2-for-8, double, triple, walk, K)
  4. Victor Martinez, DH (2-for-9)
  5. Nick Castellanos, 3B (0-for-5, 2 K’s)
  6. Justin Upton, LF (0-for-4, 2 walks, K)
  7. Tyler Collins, RF (2-for-3, double)
  8. James McCann, C (1-for-2)
  9. Jose Iglesias, SS (1-for-6, walk)

P: Justin Verlander

astrosoldlogoASTROS (career numbers vs. Verlander)

  1. George Springer, RF (4-for-6, HR, 2 K’s)
  2. Preston Tucker, DH (1-for-6, K)
  3. Jose Altuve, 2B (4-for-8, double, walk)
  4. Carlos Correa, SS (1-for-3, 3 walks, K)
  5. Colby Rasmus, LF (2-for-14, double, 2 walks, K)
  6. Alex Bregman, 3B
  7. Tyler White, 1B (1-for-3, HR, K)
  8. Jason Castro, C (0-for-9, walk, 6 K’s)
  9. Jake Marisnick, CF

P: Mike Fiers

Could Tyler Collins stick around?

A week ago, the idea of Tyler Collins as anything more than a placeholder for the outfield spot that belongs to J.D. Martinez sounded too laughable to seriously consider. Collins, a .214 hitter at Triple-A Toledo this year, was seemingly doomed in Detroit after his infamous outfield gesture in April until Steven Moya’s struggles earned him a return. Even when Collins started playing semi-regularly, the progress Martinez made over the past week put a countdown on his starts in right field.

Martinez is expected to give the Tigers a major boost when he returns. But the more plays Collins makes this week — from Wednesday’s throw from center field to home plate in Boston to Friday’s three-run homer — the more he makes a case to stick around as an extra outfielder off the bench. It appears to be a growing consideration for manager Brad Ausmus.

“The better he plays, the more we have to think about keeping him,” Ausmus said. “It’s a simple fact. He seems to be learning to slow the game down a little bit.”

There are two logical ways for the Tigers to keep Collins: Either shed a utility player (unlikely), or cut down the bullpen from eight pitchers to seven (more feasible). They’ve carried an extra reliever for the better part of two months, giving them extra depth while the bullpen was struggling and starters were struggling to pitch deep into games. That’s not as big of an issue now, evidenced by the fact that Dustin Molleken’s appearance Friday was his first in 13 days and his second in three weeks.

Still, the Tigers have to decide the benefit, if there’s enough playing time available for Collins to make it worth keeping him around. If Cameron Maybin’s injuries remain a concern down a stretch, or if J.D. Martinez’s arm is iffy enough to make Ausmus prefer a defensive replacement late in games, then there might be a place for Collins on the bench.

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