Giving a Brazilian a Try - Game Preview & Lineups 4/23

The matchup can’t be any worse than Leesman v. Verlander now can it? Andre Rienzo’s got an inning’s worth of work this season for the White Sox, not much to go on, but his 13 innings in Charlotte are not encouraging. He’s allowed 15 hits and 7 walks in that time for an ERA of 4.85 that almost exactly matches his short-sample ERA in the big leagues last season of 4.82.

Drew Smyly could be considered the weak link of the strong Tigers staff. He could also be the man that they felt made Doug Fister expendable. In 2014 Smyly has 3 appearances, only one of which was a start, but all 3 were 3 innings in length with the start being the worst. All four of his earned runs came 5 days ago against the Angels in that start. Two-thirds of his walks and hits were also earned that day leaving me sitting here hoping he has a sudden aversion to starting.

Paul Konerko and Miguel Cabrera had little renaissance’s of sorts last night. Cabrera recorded his first homerun since the beginning of April and Konerko more modestly achieved his first hit in roughly the same span of time. Konerko’s feat may have helped get him a start to build off of that success while Dunn rests against a lefty, despite pulling lefty Phil Coke deep into the right field stands in last night’s contest.

Today’s Lineup:

  1. Semien – 3B
  2. Leury Garcia – 2B
  3. Abreu – 1B
  4. Viciedo - RF
  5. Konerko – DH
  6. Ramirez – SS
  7. De Aza – LF
  8. Flowers – C
  9. JorDanks - CF

Andre Rienzo - SP

Tigers Lineup:

  1. Kinsler – 2B
  2. Kelly - RF
  3. Cabrera – 3B
  4. Victor Martinez – DH
  5. JD Martinez - LF
  6. Jackson – CF
  7. Castellanos – 2B
  8. Avila – C
  9. Romine - SS

Drew Smyly - SP

Where to Watch:

Today’s game will be broadcast on CSN+ and Fox Sports Detroit. 6:08 Central start time.