Monday, August 13, 2012

What I'd do with the Detroit Tigers lineup tonight against the Minnesota Twins...

1. Austin Jackson, CF; 2. Omar Infante, 2B, 3. Miguel Cabrera, 3B; 4. Prince Fielder, 1B; 5. Andy Dirks, LF; 6. Jhonny Peralta, SS; 7. Alex Avila, C; 8. Jeff Baker, DH; 9. Quintin Berry RF.
A few things:
- The Tigers have more viable options now since their recent roster moves. They don't have play slumping players in what is essentially a 4-player corner outfield/DH platoon.
- Infante is an ideal two-hole hitter because he loves fastballs, and that's mostly what he will see hitting in front of Michael Cabrera. He also hits a lot behind the runner. He easily has the best major league track record among the hitters that are candidates for that spot.
- Dirks has hit well this season, including presenting a .958 OPS and a .370 batting average against right-handed pitching. Put him a spot where he might be able to drive in some runs.
- Brennan Boesch has had a good six weeks overall statistically, but his most recent four at bats the last two games have been disturbing. He's seen four pitches in four at bats, and has essentially gotten himself out in key situations. Quintin Berry hasn't exactly been Tony Gwynn lately, but he can work a walk (Twins starting pitcher, right-hander Samuel Deduno, has walked 22 in 25 innings). Berry's struggling start against the Yankees last week aside, he displayed enough earlier where its feasible he can provide production offensively with some base hits and his speed.
- Jeff Baker is a solid professional hitter. Give him a shot this one night to see what he can do against right-handed pitching. Like Boesch, Delmon Young goes incredibly hot and cold. The Tigers see a left-handed starter Tuesday. So both Young and Baker will be in the lineup then.


Blogger Barry said...

Pat, I do agree with you but I would like to see Boesch get his ABs to get his stats up for a trade chip this winter. Tigers' roster are getting set now they should be in upgrade mode. They won't be signing anymore stars or gather prospects just upgrades. Next year top 10 prospects should be better than most better think. This list also includes D Smyly

4:18 PM 
Blogger Contrary Guy said...

I think this is kind of a fruitless excercise because our manager appears to put his lineup together more by "hunch" than logic. Not a big fan of "hunch" managers.

10:37 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh wow, for once me and you see eye to eye on a topic. I always wanted to try Dirks in the 5-hole. Obviously he doesn't the bill for a traditional slugging player or big RBI guy that you want in that spot but hes been money this season and has terrific bat control (much like v-mart last season). He rarely gives AB's away.

Im sick of seeing Young in that spot because you walk Cabby or put Prince on intentionally and you know your rally is killed when Young steps up. Zero confidence. And I like berry hitting 9th to, I think the pressure is starting to get to him regardless of his limited playing time and moving him way down instead of the 2-spot lets him relax and still puts back to back speed threats in the order.

Its still going to boil down to consistently and putting quality AB's together regardless of what the lineup shakes out to be. Some games they grind pitchers down and take their walks, others they just blindly hack away at everything thrown at them.

Incredibly frustrating.

10:52 PM 

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