Ausmus: Tigers’ lineup change is temporary
Detroit – This lineup alteration is temporary.
“Just splitting up the lefties,” manager Brad Ausmus explained. “This probably won’t last; unless we score 10 runs.”
He moved left-handed hitting Anthony Gose into the No. 2, moving Yoenis Cespedes, Victor Martinez and J.D. Martinez all down one spot – Nos. 3, 4 and 5.
With Andrew Romine subbing for Nick Castellanos at third and first baseman Marc Krauss back from paternity leave, the Tigers started five left-handed hitters against Orioles righty Miguel Gonzalez.
“This is as many lefties as we’ve had in our lineup in one game since I’ve been here,” Ausmus said.
Gonzalez is tougher on right-handed hitters, but the splits aren’t extreme. Left-handers this season are hitting .256 against him, right-handers .240. There is a 40 point difference in OPS -- .773 against lefties, .732 against righties.
Ironically, one Tiger who has hit him hard, right-handed hitting Rajai Davis, was not in the lineup. He has three home runs off Gonzalez in 12 at-bats.
Castellanos, 0-for-6 coming out of the All-Star break, had a couple of defensive misplays Saturday. He booted one ground ball and he tried to bare-hand another after getting a slow start on it that was scored a single.
Although he had started to heat up offensively before the break (.293 in 11 games), his productivity remains down. His slugging percentage (.365) is lower than Gose (.396) and Jose Iglesias (.379).
He is last in the American League in both slugging and OPS (.648).
1. Ian Kinsler, 2B
2. Anthony Gose, CF
3. Yoenis Cespedes, LF
4. Victor Martinez, DH
5. J.D. Martinez, RF
6. Alex Avila, C
7. Marc Krauss, 1B
8. Jose Iglesias, SS
9. Andrew Romine, 3B
Justin Verlander, RHP