Leyland: Rotation choice was Verlander or Sanchez for Game 2
It seems like a while ago now, but all the speculation about the Tigers postseason rotation — once Rick Porcello was clearly not part of it — centered around whether Max Scherzer or Justin Verlander would start Game 1. Manager Jim Leyland said today that wasn’t the question. It was Game 2.
Leyland said he watched a postgame show Friday night, with pundits talking about him sleeping better with his decision after Scherzer’s gem, and didn’t take it well.
“If the truth be known, in my mind, I thought it was a no-brainer, the first game starter,” Leyland said. “I thought the second game starter was a tough one, because you could’ve had Sanchez or Verlander. I picked Verlander simply because he’s been on this big stage out here. I thought it would be good for him. He’s shown that he can do it.”
Sanchez’s strength at home also played a part. The debate over whether Leyland made the right choice in Game 1, however, flummoxed him.
“Sleep better? I thought it was a no-brainer,” Leyland said. And now everybody’s saying, ‘Boy, he made a good choice.’ I made a good choice whether he did good or bad. I mean, I made a good choice now because he did good? It was the right choice.”