It's been a while since we've had a Tigers game thread. Today is a fairly big game. Win and its a 3-1 road series win. Lose and its a 2-2 series tie. The Tigers have been dominant in the central and I think it's important to keep that going.
A couple things for discussion; today's lineup:
|A. Jackson CF||0-1|
|B. Boesch LF||1-1|
|M. Ordonez DH||0-1|
|M. Cabrera 1B||0-0|
|V. Martinez C||0-0|
|J. Peralta SS||0-0|
|R. Raburn RF||0-0|
|W. Betemit 3B||0-0|
|R. Santiago 2B||0-0|
Leyland always catches slack for his lineups and who he rests and when. Today he's resting two: Avila and Guillen. I actually like this lineup. We know Avila was going to rest for a day game after a night game. SOP. With Ordonez back it gives the flexibility of giving Avila the full day off instead of DH'ing. This lets Raburn stay in the lineup - we know of his second half streaks and after a homer two days ago, I like getting him in the lineup. Santiago for Guillen is a fairly seemless move. We lose the big bat, but Santiago may be able to play some small ball in the nine hole and will be a defensive upgrade.
In short: I thought it was worth commending Leyland's lineup today, since most people bash it routinely.
Anyway, Porcello needs a good start. Tigers get a couple on in the first, but nothing doing.