March 25th, 2011

Friday: Tigers at Braves

When Brandon Inge batted ninth last night, Leyland wasn’t really saying much about where he might bat in the lineup come regular season. There’s a point of view, there’s an advantage of having someone with at least some speed — not great speed by any means, but still better than Alex Avila — batting at the bottom of the order. That’s something Jim Leyland has talked about in the past.

It doesn’t really apply today, since the Braves wouldn’t agree to use the DH. Thus, the pitcher’s spot is open, which could make it interesting if Leyland wants to get Adam Wilk, Enrique Gonzalez, Brayan Villarreal and Daniel Schlereth multiple innings each. Some pitcher might get to stand at the plate and hold the bat.
  1. Austin Jackson, CF
  2. Will Rhymes, 2B
  3. Magglio Ordonez, RF
  4. Miguel Cabrera, 1B
  5. Victor Martinez, C
  6. Ryan Raburn, LF
  7. Jhonny Peralta, SS
  8. Brandon Inge, 3B
  9. Adam Wilk, P
  1. Alex Gonzalez, SS
  2. Jason Heyward, RF
  3. Chipper Jones, 3B
  4. Dan Uggla, 2B
  5. Eric Hinske, 1B
  6. David Ross, C
  7. Joe Mather, LF
  8. Matt Young, CF
  9. Brandon Beachy, P