Leyland: Valverde could close tonight

The first question asked of manager Jim Leyland Tuesday afternoon was whether Jose Valverde would be the closer for Game 3 if the situation warranted. The answer was maybe.

It could simply be managerspeak, leaving the opposing team guessing how his bullpen would unfold. Nevertheless, he wouldn’t rule it out.

“I’m going to wait and see how things play out,” Leyland said. “It could happen. I’ll wait and see how things play out, how the lineup looks, who’s coming up.”

Later, Leyland said he had “two or three plans in place” for how he’d go in the ninth inning. Valverde is part of at least one of those plans.

“I can tell you right now I don’t have a definite closer etched in stone tonight,” Leyland said.


I get a kick out of the Valverde reading. They are trying to spin this as having to do with the slowness of his delivery. And that he could pitch if Leyland is happy with the “tweaking” they have done there..
That may or may not be “A” problem but I am sure it is not “THE” problem.
Jose a multitude of deficiencies that conspire against him at this stage.
JL has every right and, I guess, obligation to use him, but only with prudence not prejudice.


Gardner and Chavez in—A-Rod and Swisher out.

Just leave him on the bench, please. He won’t be in Detroit next season anyway, imo.

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