ALCS Game 5: Messing with Texas

Victor Martinez and Delmon Young are again tentatively slated in the starting lineup. Cabrera and Martinez are again batting third and fourth.


  1. Austin Jackson, cf
  2. Ryan Raburn, rf
  3. Miguel Cabrera, 1b
  4. Victor Martinez, dh
  5. Delmon Young, lf
  6. Jhonny Peralta, ss
  7. Brandon Inge, 3b
  8. Alex Avila, c
  9. Ramon Santiago, 2b

P: Justin Verlander


  1. Ian Kinsler, 2b
  2. Elvis Andrus, ss
  3. Josh Hamilton, cf
  4. Michael Young, dh
  5. Adrian Beltre, 3b
  6. Mike Napoli, c
  7. Nelson Cruz, rf
  8. David Murphy, lf
  9. Mitch Moreland, 1b

P: C.J. Wilson


It’s all about Justin Verlander today. The lineup just needs to score 4 or 5 runs.
Rich you are the eternal optimist for sure. You’re right though. It feels similar though I must admit ’68 was far more excruciating. In ’68 we had so much character on that club—not saying we don’t now but that club was a team that really knew how to play together. Much of that had to do with the longevity of their careers together.
Anyway, today’s boys seem like they have an uphill task and that they are not all pushing that stone up at the same time. A little disconnected. They just don’t seem to be on the same page to me, at least at the same time.
That being said, and keepin the vein of eternal optimism, if JV can shut them down and bolt the hatches today, everything changes. Then the Rangers will start to feel some pressure again. We have 3 pitchers who can stifle those bats. 3 good RHP who have a chance against thoe predominantly RHB.
All we can hope for is for truth to bear out the olda overused adage about good pitching beats good hitting.
And the holes in our team have become glaringly evident and need fixing for next year, whatever the outcome here.
I want my Tigers to win but I honestly don’t see this team being “great” enough to battle it’s way through this and a World Series. They are a good team and they have done very well for a team that can pretty much only go from 1st to 3rd on a double.
This is one area of drastic importance. If you have a team that leads the league in fewest stolen bases then to offset it you need a team that leads the league in homers. Hard to to do at Comerica Park. I have often said that DD has failed to build an offense that suits his home ballpark. I would expect he will be working on that.
Neither the time nor place to be talking about this, sorry.
Our pitchers need to throw the of the best games of their careers now.
They just might

Benoit and Valverde unavailable tonight. Leyland announced this afternoon. A Tiger Nation turns its eyes to you Mr. Verlander……

Valverde unavailable! Too bad he wasn’t unavailable for more than one inning last night…

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