There were some good things about yesterday’s game—the middle of the lineup showed up, with long balls from Cabrera and Upton, and Jimenez had a good debut out of the bullpen (and is now back in Toledo). Then there was Anibal Sanchez, who for some reason was brought in in a crucial situation to replace Zimmermann, and who made all future game situations, well, non-crucial. What to do? It seems like their choices are to dump Sanchez and pay him, or pay him and use him as a human surrender flag. Or, I suppose, fix whatever is wrong, but that is looking less and less likely.
Today the Tigers start a series in Cleveland that is being called critical, which is sort of silly at this point in the season. But then again, after what happened against Cleveland last season…a series win would sure be nice and help us all forget last year.
Today’s Announced Way Early Lineup:
- Ian Kinsler, 2B
- Nick Castellanos, 3B
- Miguel Cabrera, 1B
- Victor Martinez, DH
- Justin Upton, LF
- Tyler Collins, RF
- Alex Avila, C
- JaCoby Jones, CF
- Jose Iglesias, SS
Pitching: Daniel Norris vs Trevor Bauer
Alex Avila? Well hey he is batting .600 so far this year, so there’s that.
The lineups used to be announced about an hour before game time; this year they have come out much sooner than that—today’s at about 2:45. I wonder if this is a MLB thing, or a Tigers thing, or a media thing. Are they submitting them sooner, or publishing them sooner. It makes putting up the posts much easier though.