World Series Game 1 lineups: Tigers at Giants
Though there was some speculation that Andy Dirks would get the start in right field, Jim Leyland has expressed at other points this postseason that he preferred the right-handed bat against most lefties, that he had been starting Dirks out of a lack of other righty bats. Thus, about seven weeks after Garcia got the call to the big leagues, he’ll be starting Game 1 of the World Series.
The other call was Alex Avila behind the plate over Gerald Laird. It’ll be Avila’s first start against a lefty starter since Sept. 1, when he was in the lineup against Francisco Liriano. He went 0-for-3 in that game.
It’s worth noting As manager Jim Leyland noted, though, Avila has caught all three of Justin Verlander’s starts this postseason. It’s not that Laird can’t catch Verlander, obviously. He’s done it many times this season. But you have to figure this assignment is about not messing with a good thing.
“We just felt like the combination of Avila and Verlander [worked],” Leyland said.
Leyland also noted that with lefties starting the first two games of this series, and CC Sabathia having started Game 4 of the ALCS, Avila would go 10 days between starts if he didn’t play until the Giants trotted a right-handed starter.
- Austin Jackson, CF
- Omar Infante, 2B (3-for-20, 4 K’s off Zito)
- Miguel Cabrera, 3B (2-for-8 off Zito)
- Prince Fielder, 1B (3-for-18, HR, 5 RBIs off Zito)
- Delmon Young, LF
- Jhonny Peralta, SS (3-for-14, HR, 2 RBIs off Zito)
- Avisail Garcia, RF
- Alex Avila, C
- Justin Verlander, P
- Angel Pagan, CF (2-for-5, 3B off Verlander)
- Marco Scutaro, 2B (5-for-25, 2B, 3B, 9 K’s off Verlander)
- Pablo Sandoval, 3B
- Buster Posey, C
- Hunter Pence, RF
- Brandon Belt, 1B
- Gregor Blanco, LF (0-for-3, 2 K’s off Verlander)
- Brandon Crawford, SS
- Barry Zito, P