ALCS Game 2 lineups: Tigers at Yankees

Well, the easiest decision of Jim Leyland’s day is done. We know who’s starting Game 2. Who’s closing it if the Tigers have a lead in the ninth is another matter, and we won’t have any better idea on that until Leyland talks this afternoon before the game.

The Yankees pretty much move a bunch of hitters up in Derek Jeter’s absence. Jayson Nix starts at shortstop, batting ninth.

TIGERS

  1. Austin Jackson, CF
  2. Quintin Berry, LF
  3. Miguel Cabrera, 3B
  4. Prince Fielder, 1B
  5. Delmon Young, DH
  6. Andy Dirks, RF
  7. Jhonny Peralta, SS
  8. Alex Avila, C
  9. Omar Infante, 2B

P: Anibal Sanchez

YANKEES

  1. Ichiro Suzuki, LF
  2. Robinson Cano, 2B
  3. Mark Teixeira, 1B
  4. Raul Ibanez, DH
  5. Russell Martin, C
  6. Alex Rodriguez, 3B
  7. Curtis Granderson, CF
  8. Nick Swisher, RF
  9. Jayson Nix, SS

P: Hiroki Kuroda

7 Comments

I just knew jason would start a new thread after I was the last poster. Enjoyed reading all the comment as I watched the game with no computer. I like Smoltz. Dave, Interesting comment about Miguel and Jose. I was glad to see that temporary emotion from Cabrera. Richard, any comments on Leyland? Go Tigers!

DB…JL? The big picture is he has been successful and is respected by the baseball community, as well as in the clubhose. He is a potential HOF candidate. In terms of decisions, lineups and general strategy, I secondguess JL like most others. And I hate him for being stubborn in the face of what appear to be obvious personnel decisions, but I love him for the loyalty it engenders in his players.

And you?

Thanks Richard. You are one the the few who do not want his “head” As I have said for over 5 years on this blog, I just do not agree with his R/L theory and all the line up changes, his refusal to bunt, etc. I liked it when he was first hired, but the game has passed him by. His emotions on winning the Central were priceless and I wish him the best in his retirement next year. I hope he can modernize his game for the rest of the Tigers run to the World Series!

The best pitcher against the Yanks this year with 8 IP, 3 hits and 0 runs…Drew Smyly! Smyly should have been up with Dotel in the 9th to pitch to Ibanez. NO RH reliever should pitch to Ibanez again in this series.

Interesting comments from last night. I apologize to all for my repetitive and vitriolic posts. My excuse? Too much Canadian Club was consumed during the course of that game.
I do think it is clear that JL simply can’t resort to using Valverde to close again. No one can be that stubborn or dense.
That in itself may not solve the problem we have in that situation but at least it won’t exacerbate it.
Haven’t read the “papers” yet. I’m sure there will be some interesting opinions there.

DOK…As you noted, VV has had a very nice career. He has led his respective leagues in saves 3 of the last 5 years and, of course, was perfect last year. This year has been a different story and your observations are well received. I would add that VV has always struggled somewhat with control, but maintained a high K ratio (historically over 1 k per inning, as opposed to his current regular season mark of only 48 Ks in 69.0 innings) to get out of jams, He has not been right for some time and is just awful of late, for whatever reason(s).

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