Granderson leading off, Kelly bats third

The days of Curtis Granderson batting fifth might well be over for a while. Jim Leyland said this afternoon that he will not bat Josh Anderson leadoff again.

“Some guys just feel comfortable and know what to do in that situation,” Leyland said. “Some guys got a knack for that. Some guys don’t.”

Anderson, despite his speed, does not, according to Leyland. Curtis Granderson does. And since Leyland said he does not have any other guys he considers leadoff hitters, the days of Granderson batting fifth appear to be over for now. However, Leyland said he thinks Granderson has made the transition to being able to hit fifth if the Tigers needed him there.

As for the third spot, that belongs to Don Kelly tonight. Leyland said he didn’t really know where to hit him, so he put him in the spot where he would’ve batted Clete Thomas if he were here.

TIGERS

  1. Granderson, CF
  2. Polanco, 2B
  3. Kelly, LF
  4. Cabrera, 1B
  5. Ordonez, RF
  6. Inge, 3B
  7. Laird, C
  8. Santiago, SS
  9. Porcello, P

PIRATES

  1. Andrew McCutchen, CF
  2. Nyjer Morgan, LF
  3. Freddy Sanchez, 2B
  4. Adam LaRoche, 1B
  5. Andy LaRoche, 3B
  6. Brandon Moss, RF
  7. Jason Jaramillo, C
  8. Jack Wilson, SS
  9. Ian Snell, P

7 Comments

JL didn’t really know where to hit Kelly so he puts him where Thomas was? That’s managing? Dear God. JL, how’s about putting some thought to this. Maybe move him to Razor’s spot and put Razor at the 3. Any strategizing going on there?

Another single to right by Mags. At this point if the opposing manager is not putting on the “Ordonez Shift” (everyone loaded on the right side of the infield) then they are doing themselves a disservice. I have some thoughts on this but will keep it to myself.

The best Ordonez Shift would be the one where he changes to a fly-ball power hitter rather than the double play machine he is at this stage of his career.

That’s a little severe, Dan, although I understand your frustration with Tiger hitting. For God sake, the only two RBIs so far today are from the pitcher! I think it’s a little to easy, thought, to bash Ordonez from your armchair.

Not for me.
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I call ‘em as I see ‘em. Ordonez is not supplying any kind of production that you need from a middle of the lineup hitter. Not even close. He is one-dimensional and that one dimension has been seriously eroded this year. Not his fault. He is aging and it is happening faster than he or management expected. Would it have been a good idea to trade him last year or after the batting title? You bet.
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You can call it bashing but I call it “open up your eyes JL and recognize the trend”.
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I do agree that with Anderson, Thames, Raburn, Thomas, Larish and now Kelly not able, or unproven, as replacements there is not a lot of options. If the RBI production doesn’t pick up and the DP potential gets worse then at some point a dramatic change is neccessary.
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I’ve seen this happening with Maggs for quite awhile now. I’m not bashing, I’m only giving you my observations.

Another Tigers win!!!

What I want to know is how much longer is it before Detroit fires its batting coach? The way I see, the entire team isn’t hitting. There’s only one hitter batting over .300 and he’s been in a prolonged slump with his average dropping 50 points in two weeks. It’s time to start looking at the bigger picture. I think you have to start looking at the batting coach. If it had been me, I would’ve made a change there a month ago.

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