Leyland defends lineups, lefties

With the way the Tigers rallied back to win Friday night, it was almost an afterthought when manager Jim Leyland brought up the question about his lineup usage. But the fact that Alex Avila homered for the third time in his last three games became a reference point for him, so he had admittedly overused him for a stretch this year.

“You lose when you have your regulars in there, too,” Leyland said. “That’s what a lot of times, people don’t understand. They think when you don’t play your regulars, you lose, but if you play your regulars every day, you win. It doesn’t work that way. You lose no matter who you play sometimes up here.

“I’m not making excuses. I’m just saying I’m going to have to watch [Avila], but I think he’s freshened up a little bit. But like I said, it’s my fault, because I played him into the ground prior to the [All-Star] break.”

That was a longer-term decision. The short-term decision he made Friday concerned when to get Rick Porcello out of the game. When Royals rookie third baseman Mike Moustakas came up with a 3-for-42 mark against left-handed pitchers this year, that was his time.

“I feel bad for Rick,” Leyland said. “He deserved a win tonight. He pitched tremendous. But that’s the way it goes. We got the win, and that’s the most important thing. But I did feel bad for him. …

“They had a little momentum going. The stage was set. But I chose to go to the left-hander because the young kid’s hitting .071 against left-handed pitching. Didn’t work. Wasn’t very smart. But I’d do it again if they get the momentum going like that. Late in games, when a team gets momentum going, the guy’s later into the game, even though [Porcello's] pitch count was fantastic.”

The numbers were impossible to ignore. The downfall was that Phil Coke made what Leyland called a “terrible” pitch, a two-strike curveball that Moustakas was able to pull inside first base and produce an RBI single.

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Life will be a little simpler if we can get our 3-6 hitters hitting a few balls into the gp. It just isn’t happening much in the last 10 games.
JL has to start considering playing Santiago more if Guillen and Peralta don’t start hitting with power.
Peralta does a prety nice job at short but Guillen has to be contributing offensively with RBIs and extra base hits to justify playing him everey inning.

The Granderson trade is not looking so good lately if you look at the season long performances from Coke and Jackson.
I’d like to see Dirks more against RHP. Any speed in the lineup helps somewhat.
I’d be giving Guillen a day off at least one of the next 2 days against the 2 lefties.Let Avila catch tomorrow (we need to win the series) and DH him on Sunday with the day off Monday.
Get Ramon to play 2nd pase Sunday when Fister pitches.

Leyland’s continued use of Coke with lefthanded batters just doesn’t work and has resulted in the loss of too many games, but he keeps doing it. He has made a career of being like a deer in the headlights, especially in tight situations. We are fortunate to be in first but would have a much bigger lead with better coaching by Tigers staff.

The real winner in the trade was Arizona. Ian Kennedy : 13-3. 3.17
Detroit got Scherzer too in that trade. If he pitch agains like last year. Detroit would be the winner. OFs grow on trees. Starters are like gold

Ubaldo Jiménez allowed 5 runs in five innings. Yahoo ´s headline: Bullpen spoiled Ubaldo´s debut… Star´s rules

What has transpired with David Purcey?

I can’t believe JL used the term “momentum” twice in defending his bad decision to bring in Coke. Momentum is also only as good as who you choose to get out of a situation. If it applies to your next day’s pitcher, it applies to your next pitcher within the current game too. But JL is usually full of hooey wih his explanations, we all know that.
Managers in general follow L-R matchups and statistical matchups, but those “guidelines” assume that the player in question is effective. An overblown example: my wife is lefthanded but she wouldn’t have gotten Moustakas out either. Many managers don’t seem to take into account whether the reliever or pinch hitter is any good at that moment in time. You best pitcher in that situation last night was Porcello. It’s hard to break ingrained habits.
“You lose when you have your regulars in there, too,” Leyland said. “That’s what a lot of times, people don’t understand. They think when you don’t play your regulars, you lose, but if you play your regulars every day, you win. It doesn’t work that way. You lose no matter who you play sometimes up here.”
The above is a perfect example of JL’s condescending attitude toward fans. He thinks we’re all idiots. Some are, but most are not.
That Texas-Cleveland game ended in some exciting Ty Cobb-like stuff, didn’t it? That was an excellent play by Andrus in a home game.
Looking forward to the Verlander show tonight.

Maybe next time Coke sprints in from the bullpen he should run right past the mound and directly into the dugout.
That would make JL look like a bloody genius.

ist guy—What Santiago have you been watching for 10 years???? Lastc night shows you his value as a bango hitter. Old Smokestack already rests Peralta too much. And he hit about 100 pts. higher than that stiff Santiago. Santiago can’t even get a bunt down when it counts. Where is Betimet? Kelly is another 4aaa player who will never hit MLB pitching. He also showed us his defensive acumen in the rundown v. Angels and that famous circus act in Minnesota 2 years ago when he he blew flyball in LF . Oh well, Inge will be back soon and we know he’ll be in there everyday waving at pitches 2 feet out of Kzone,missing fastballs by 5 feet, and telling eveyone how hard he hits the ball but its always at someone.

tHE 4A BRIGADE STARTED AVND SHINED AGAIN. DIRKS MADE A GREAT THROW TO THE DUGOUT,SLEEPY SANTO CONTINUED HIS PATHETIC AND FAILING ATTEMPT TO HIT OR BUNT. kELLY IS AA AND WILL NEVER HELP A TEAM IN THE CLUTCH. NO HITTING SLILLS WHATSOEVER. RAYBURN PLAYS GROUND BALLS AND FLY BALLS INTO EXCURTIONS OF FUTILITY NEVER SEEN. HE WILL GET 2 HITS AND THEN GO 3 FOR 26.FINALLY, THE TIGERS STILL LOSE GAMES AS A PUNISHMENT FOR SUCKING UP TO BRADON CRINGE WHO WEARS MC HAMMER’S PANTS BUT NEVER HAMMERS THE BALL. HE IS THE ALLTIME STRIKEOUT KING IN DETROIT, BUT SMOKESTACK AND DAVY DOMBO LOVE HIM AND WILL HAVE HIM IN THE LINEUP SO HE CAN CHALLENGE RAY OYLER’S .135 FROM ’68

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