Leyland on Everett
Noticed a lot of questions after the game about why Leyland didn’t go with a pinch-hitter for Adam Everett with runners on second and third and one out in the eighth. Leyland pointed to Everett being 1-for-2 lifetime off Ramon Ramirez, and the fact that he felt Everett had the best chance to make contact off Ramirez.
“I thought he’d put it play,” Leyland said after the game. “I thought the worst-case scenario would be a ground ball to second maybe, get one run in. Like I said, he’s 1-for-2 off him, and there’s really no other track records. Santiago and Raburn were 0-for-1. Like I said, I thought he’d put it in play, but he didn’t.”
When asked whether he considered using Santiago as a pinch-hitter for Everett, Leyland said, “No. That guy’s stuff is not susceptible to the way he hits, in my opinion.”
Leyland said over the weekend that he didn’t consider rookie catcher Alex Avila a pinch-hitting option, because he’s the only catching option off the bench. If Avila was used up a pinch-hitter and Laird had to leave a game with an injury, that would force the Tigers to go with an emergency catcher. That would be either Ryan Raburn or Brandon Inge, and Inge has no chance of catching with his knee acting up.
Raburn is 1-for-9 as a pinch-hitter this year, but that one hit, of course, was a homer. He’s 5-for-27 with three pinch-hit homers for his career.