The lone run scored last night was an attempt by Leyland to manufacture runs through a failed sacrifice bunt by Danny Worth, but was the offense doomed to failure with Brennan Boesch (.213) batting 2nd against a lefty and Ryan Raburn (.130) batting 6th against the Mariners second best pitcher? Is that really the best possible offensive lineup Leyland has to offer? Absolutely not. Andy dirks is hitting .417 with runners on base and .333 against left handed pitchers so far this season. Brennan Boesch is hitting .262 both with runners on base and against lefty’s. Which seems like the better option to bat behind a player with a .361 OBP? to you Ryan Raburn, who was playing the position Dirks likely would have been playing if he’d been in the lineup, is batting .222 with runners on and .129 against lefty’s this season. Which players seems like the better choice offensively to you? Should Tiger’s fans be insulted by Leyland’s apparent lack of interest in putting the best lineup out on the field every game? Most times fans hear coaches and managers in any sport use the term “we’re gonna stick with the hot hand.” Why is it that the Leyland doesn’t want to use this tried and true method to win games? Leyland remarked earlier this week regarding Ryan Raburn’s continued inclusion in the line up that he’s “trying to get his (Raburn’s) bat going.” What about that spells urgency to win right now? Why exactly do those at bats need to be in the 6th spot in the lineup where Johnny Peralta (who is currently surging) or even Brennan Boesch (who is struggling a great deal less than Raburn) could slide in and provide some actual offensive help? I truly feel as though either Jim Leyland is insulting the integrity each team owes to the fans to put the best line up on the field every game, or he is truly an idiot who is not interested in winning games.
Also, last night Austin Jackson (the same Austin Jackson who stole 22 bases last season with a less than stellar .326 OBP) earned a leadoff walk in the 9th inning against Mariners closer Brandon League and went absolutely nowhere. First, if Dirks is batting there I’ll bet he doesn’t hit into a double play. Second, as even Rod Allen pointed out, League was very slow to the plate and practically begging Jackson to steal and put himself in scoring position. Why in the world would Leyland allow a guy that has been reported as being told adamantly by Tigers coaches to be patient to swing away and not call for a steal or for Boesch taking a few pitches so Jackson could steal and avoid the double play which occurred. Does Leyland just plain not care if the teams wins now? Does he think the Central Division is so weak that their isn’t urgency to win now? Is Leyland just that big of an idiot that he can’t see the possible ways he can create wins? I can’t say what it it that causes him to do these kinda of bone headed moves, but I for one feel insulted. And other Tigers fans should too.
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Written by Brett Decker
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