October 8th, 2011

ALCS Game 1: Miggy bats third

For all those Tigers fans who kept wanting Miguel Cabrera to bat third, you get your wish. With Delmon Young out, Jim Leyland opts to move the middle of his lineup up a spot rather to slide Magglio Ordonez back to his old home in the 3-hole. That means Cabrera bats third for the first time since Interleague Play.

Leyland has always entertained the discussion over where Cabrera best fits, but his reasoning for cleanup has always been to try to get as many runners on as possible in front of him. Better to risk him not batting in the opening inning, the argument went, than to have him come up with two out and nobody on in the first.

1. Austin Jackson, cf
2. Ryan Raburn, 2b
3. Miguel Cabrera, 1b
4. Victor Martinez, dh
5. Magglio Ordonez, rf
6. Alex Avila, c
7. Jhonny Peralta, ss
8. Ramon Santiago, 2b
9. Brandon Inge, 3b
P: Justin Verlander

Worth replaces Young on ALCS roster

When the Tigers were taking batting practice Friday afternoon, there were some hints of optimism that Delmon Young’s strained left oblique would allow him to play in the ALCS. Jim Leyland described him in NFL terms as “probable” and said it would be a game-time decision. The optimism apparently dissipated today, when the Tigers replaced Young on their roster for the ALCS.

Infielder Danny Worth has been added in Young’s place.

What happens to the Tigers lineup without Young around is the next issue. MLB.com’s Barry Bloom wrote a good piece yesterday detailing what Leyland could do with the lineup now that Young is out. Here’s the link: