Couple thoughts on the postseason roster
A few delayed thoughts on the 25-man roster the Tigers filed for the Division Series, and what it means for manager Jim Leyland’s decisions:
- Leyland said last week one decision they had to make was whether to go with two or three lefty relievers, depending on the opponent. He also had an option in David Pauley, who held lefty hitters to a .194 average The fact that they went with two shows a ton of confidence in Daniel Schlereth as a lefty specialist. Take away some tail-end struggles, and he has earned it.
- That said, don’t be surprised if Leyland turns to Al Alburquerque against a tough lefty at some point this series. His health makes him an equalizer in this bullpen.
- Victor Martinez catching was never going to happen, not even in a pinch. The Tigers had to have Omir Santos as a backup option. The fact that they had an extra spot to play with made it a no-brainer.
- With both Andy Dirks and Don Kelly on the roster, it’ll be interesting to see what Leyland does in right field for Games 2 against right-hander Ivan Nova. He could stick with Magglio, knowing his postseason experience will give him a steady presence in the two spot, or he could play the matchups and go lefty against righty. But then, Nova has been stingier against left-handed hitters (.240 average, .681 OPS) than right-handed ones (.275, .730). Ordonez hits Freddy Garcia well, so I don’t think that will be a question.