October 3rd, 2013

Tigers roster is set for AL Division Series

This time, the Tigers did not wait until game day to set their Division Series roster. When asked about Jhonny Peralta’s status, Jim Leyland pretty much revealed the remaining decisions for the team.

Peralta is on the team. So is Hernan Perez, presumably as a pinch-running specialist to run for Cabrera or Victor Martinez in the late innings. Matt Tuiasosopo is out.

In the bullpen, Jose Alvarez grabs the second left-hander spot over Darin Downs. Luke Putkonen grabs the spot that would’ve gone to Bruce Rondon if he was healthy.

So to recap …

PITCHERS

  • Rotation: Max Scherzer, Justin Verlander, Anibal Sanchez, Doug Fister
  • Bullpen: Joaquin Benoit, Jose Veras, Drew Smyly, Al Alburquerque, Jose Alvarez, Luke Putkonen, Rick Porcello

POSITION PLAYERS

  • Catchers: Alex Avila, Brayan Pena
  • Infielders: Prince Fielder, Omar Infante, Jose Iglesias, Miguel Cabrera, Ramon Santiago, Hernan Perez
  • Outfielders: Austin Jackson, Torii Hunter, Andy Dirks, Jhonny Peralta, Don Kelly
  • DH: Victor Martinez

Wait on start times for Detroit games might be a while

A lot of people are asking when start times will be released for Games 3 and 4 in the Division Series this weekend. The answer is that it might not be until Friday night at the earliest.

The reason they can’t schedule them far in advance is that Game 3 for the two AL Division Series falls on the same day as Game 4 (if necessary) of the two NL Division Series. There could be anywhere from two to four games going on that day. One of them (barring sweep) will be a West Coast game with the Braves against the Dodgers. Another could end up on MLB Network. The overall goal, however, is to have at least one game on in prime time on TBS.

In other words, there are a lot of moving parts going on. If both NL series are 1-1 after the first two games, it becomes easier to set the slate, knowing there will be four games. If one or both go 2-0, you could end up seeing conditional times released, with day games that could end up night games if another series ends in a sweep.

Game 4 on Tuesday is a lot easier, since no NLDS games are scheduled. One would figure on that either being a late afternoon (4:30 or 5pm-ish) or evening (8-8:30pm or thereabouts) start.

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