When the Tigers only got 4 hits on Monday, all you could really do was shrug; it’s not like Johnny Cueto hasn’t done that before, to other teams. A different feel after a 2nd 4-hit night last night, an “oh this again feel. And it didn’t help that the Tigers made more outs on the base paths again.
Remember when the Tigers were leading the league in a lot of offensive categories? Well, they still are. They are #1 in:
- Runners thrown out at the plate (17). Castellanos leads with 3.
- Pickoffs (16). Kinsler leads with 5.
- Caught Stealing (38) Gose leads with 8.
- GIDP (111) Castellanos leads with 16.
The one bit of life the Tigers have had this series has been Jefrey Marte, who has half of the team’s 8 hits so far. Today will likely be the last day we see him for a while, since there is a tentative plan to activate Miguel Cabrera from the DL for Friday’s game in Houston. Miguel is itching to play. The question is whether he will play first or DH; Ausmus has had discussions about the possibility of playing Victor Martinez at 1st.
Today’s More Play For Marte Lineup:
- Anthony Gose, CF
- Jose Iglesias, SS
- Ian Kinsler, 2B
- Victor Martinez, DH
- JD Martinez, RF
- Tyler Collins, LF
- Nick Castellanos, 3B
- Jefrey Marte, 1B
- James McCann, C
Brad may have figured out that James McCann hits right-handed pitchers still better than does Alex Avila: Avila has only caught 4 of the last 21 games.