Here are the lineups for Game 2 of the World Series between the Tigers and Giants, in San Francisco:
DETROIT TIGERS SAN FRANCISCO GIANTS
1. Austin Jackson, CF 1. Angel Pagan, CF
2. Omar Infante, 2B 2. Marco Scutaro, 2B
3. Miguel Cabrera, 3B 3. Pablo Sandoval, 3B
4. Prince Fielder, 1B 4. Buster Posey, C
5. Delmon Young, LF 5. Hunter Pence, RF
6. Jhonny Peralta, SS 6. Brandon Belt, 1B
7. Avisail Garcia, RF 7. Gregor Blanco, LF
8. Gerald Laird, C 8. Brandon Crawford, SS
9. Doug Fister, SP 9. Madison Bumgarner, SP
Alex Avila started against a left-hander in Game 1 for the first time since September 1, but after going 0-for-3 with a walk he’s on the bench for Game 2 versus a lefty in favor of Gerald Laird. That’s the lone lineup change from Jim Leyland, who once again has GIF-generator Delmon Young in left field to keep his bat in the lineup when the Tigers don’t have the designated hitter.
Bruce Bochy is going with the exact same lineup he used in Game 1. And why not, because the Giants beat Justin Verlander and are now facing another right-hander in Doug Fister. The big question tonight is whether the good or bad Madison Bumgarner will show up for San Francisco.
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CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman reports that the Tigers have agreed to terms on a contract with free agent starter Jordan Zimmermann. It’s a five-year deal worth around $110 million, per Jon Morosi of FOX Sports.
This should have a domino effect on a loaded starting pitching market. David Price, Zack Greinke, Johnny Cueto, Mike Leake, and Jeff Samardzija are just a few of the names still out there.
Zimmermann, 29, posted a 3.66 ERA, 1.21 WHIP, and 164/39 K/BB ratio in 201 2/3 innings this past season for the Nationals. He had a 2.66 ERA in 2014 and threw a no-hitter on the final day of the regular season.
Zimmermann’s free agency is tied to draft pick compensation because he rejected a one-year, $15.8 million qualifying offer from Washington, but the Tigers finished with one of the 10-worst win-loss records in 2015 so their first-round pick in 2016 is protected. Detroit will give up its second-round pick instead.
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Jon Morosi of FOX Sports reports that the Tigers are in discussions with free agent starter Jordan Zimmermann. His sources have told him that the talks have become “serious”.
Zimmermann, 29, has a career 3.32 ERA across parts of seven seasons in the majors. He finished fifth in National League Cy Young Award balloting in 2014, finishing with a 2.66 ERA and a 182/29 K/BB ratio over 199 2/3 innings.
Among starters who have amassed at least 1,000 innings since 2009, only Cliff Lee, Dan Haren, Madison Bumgarner, and Zack Greinke have compiled a better strikeout-to-walk ratio than Zimmermann’s 4.09. While he doesn’t have the star power of other free agents such as Greinke or David Price, the Tigers would certainly improve their rotation by bringing him on board.
Having already added Jesse Chavez and J.A. Happ to the mix and re-signing Marco Estrada early in the offseason, Blue Jays interim GM Tony LaCava said the team will continue to pursue pitching upgrades, as Sportsnet’s Ben Nicholson-Smith reports. Nicholson-Smith added that LaCava declined to comment on free agent ace David Price. It is believed that the Jays will not pursue Price and other big-name free agent starting pitchers given their November activity.
The Jays re-signed Estrada to a two-year, $26 million deal on November 13, acquired Chavez from the Athletics in exchange for reliever Liam Hendriks on November 20 and signed Happ to a three-year, $36 million deal on Friday.
Nicholson-Smith notes in a column on Sportsnet that the Jays need to address the bullpen in particular. That is especially true after swapping Hendriks, who had a career-best 2.92 ERA out of the Jays’ bullpen in 2015, for a back-end starting pitcher.