Spring Game 4: Phillies at Tigers
Today at 1:05pm, the Detroit Tigers play their fourth spring training game against the Philadelphia Phillies at Bright House Field in Clearwater, Florida. The Tigers have a record of 1-1-1, beating the Braves in their first game 2-1, losing to the Blue Jays in their second game 10-3, and tying the Phillies yesterday 5-5. The game will be broadcast on both the radio at 1270AM WXYT and the TV on MLB Network.
Tigers Lineup: Jackson CF, Hunter RF, Cabrera 3B, Martinez 1B, Infante 2B, Kobernus DH, Castellanos LF, Avila C, Worth SS; Drew Smyly SP
Phillies Lineup: Betancourt SS, Utley 2B, M. Young 3B, Howard 1B, Ruf LF, Ruiz DH, Mayberry RF, Kratz C, Martinez CF; Cliff Lee SP
LHP Drew Smyly is making his first spring training start as he battles RHP Rick Porcello for the fifth spot in the starting pitching rotation. Prince Fielder will get his first day off today which will allow Victor Martinez to slide from DH to 1B. I don’t know how I feel about Victor playing the field after missing all of last season with a leg injury, but if Victor is saying that he feels comfortable doing it and the skipper agrees, than I my opinion as an amateur blogger doesn’t matter. If he has to play anywhere in the field, it’s better that he plays first base than catcher, where he’d have to be crouched on his knees for 4 to 5 innings. Jeff Kobernus will also be making his first spring training start. He’s an intriguing player to watch because of his Rule 5 status; either he makes the Major League roster and stays there all year, or he gets sent back to the Washington Nationals organization where he originally came from. The utility man has been used in left field and second base already, but he will start at designated hitter today. Lastly, it’s worth noting that Nick Castellanos will once again be making a start in left field. It’s a safe bet that the top prospect has no shot at making the team out of spring training, but it will be interesting to see how the right handed hitting Castellanos handles the lefty Cliff Lee. Hopefully he actually gets to face him.