Detroit Tigers lineup vs. Los Angeles Dodgers: Javier Baez, Miguel Cabrera move up

Detroit Free Press

Detroit Tigers (6-13) vs. Los Angeles Dodgers (13-6)

When: 10:10 p.m. Saturday.

Where: Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles.

TV: Bally Sports Detroit.

Radio: WXYT-FM (97.1) (Tigers radio affiliates).

• BOX SCORE

Weather forecast: Clear, mid-60s.

Probable pitchers: Tigers RHP Beau Brieske (0-1, 5.40 ERA) vs. Dodgers LHP Clayton Kershaw (3-0, 2.65).

Tigers lineup:

RF Robbie Grossman

SS Javier Baez

DH Miguel Cabrera

LF Austin Meadows

1B Spencer Torkelson

2B Jonathan Schoop

3B Jeimer Candelario

C Dustin Garneau

CF Derek Hill

P Beau Bries

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Game notes: The Tigers’ perceived offensive weakness entering this season was left-handers, so tonight’s matchup with three-time NL Cy Young-winning lefty Clayton Kershaw (who, yes, we’ll get it out of the way, grew up with former Lions QB Matthew Stafford) is, uh, not great for the Tigers.

Still, as bad as the Tigers have been at the plate this season, they’ve actually been better against lefties than righties. (At least before facing — and losing to — lefty Tyler Anderson on Friday night, that is.) Detroit entered Friday with a .27/.363/.347 slash line against southpaws, compared to a .213/.291/.306 line against righties. The difference is mostly the performance of Austin Meadows; the lefty is 5-for-15 against lefties, with four singles and a double. Harold Castro has excelled in his six at-bats against lefties, too, with two singles and a double.

Of course, Meadows has six at-bats against Kershaw, with one single and one strikeout to show for it. Only two other Tigers, of the six who’ve faced the career Dodger, have hits against him: catcher Tucker Barnhart has two singles in five at-bats, and Javier Baez has two singles, a double and two homers in 13 at-bats.

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On the other side, the Tigers will send Beau Brieske to the mound for his second career MLB start; he looked sharp at times last week against the Colorado Rockies, allowing three earned runs on basically two mistakes: a leadoff homer to Connor Joe and a two-out, two-run blast in the third inning by Charlie Blackmon. Brieske, who was the Tigers’ 27th-round pick in 2019, allowed just one other hit over his five innings, and walked two while striking out three. If he can produce similarly against the Dodgers — who entered Friday tops in the majors at five runs a game, then scored, yep, five against the Tigers in the series opener — the Tigers will likely be pleased, no matter how many runs the offense scores (or doesn’t).

After Saturday’s game, the two squads meet again Sunday afternoon before the Tigers return to Detroit for a two-game series against the Pittsburgh Pirates and the Dodgers host the rival San Francisco Giants.

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