OT- David Schoenfield telling us what we already knew about Leyland (but with numbers!)

Submitted by Maize n Blue on August 18th, 2011 at 8:46 PM

I have always felt that every cheer of support for Jim Leyland comes with a disclaimer.


"I love Leyland!.. butttttt he doesn't play small ball."

"I love Leyland!... but why is Craig Monroe still in the outfield?!"

And most relevant for this season:

"I love Leyland!... but why is Jhonny Peralta batting 8th today?"


In this short ESPN article, David Schoenfield addresses Jim Leyland's consistently questionable batting lineups:






August 18th, 2011 at 9:05 PM ^

In numerous Tigers threads.  I firmly believe that Leyland's batting orders have probably cost us a game or two this season, last night being pretty egregious.

I was actually kind of hoping with the Delmon Young trade that Dombrowski was kicking Leyland into gear and having him reshuffle the lineup into something like Peralta-Boesch-Martinez-Cabrera-Avila.  My hopes have been cruelly dashed.

I grant that he's probably great at holding the team togehter, I just propose that he not be allowed to determine batting order ever again.



August 18th, 2011 at 11:04 PM ^

Leyland's problem is not playing players enough.  Cabrera plays every day so why does everyone else get 3 days off a week.  If we played our lethal lineup of Boesch, Young, Cabrera, Martinez, Avila, Peralta, Betemit every night we'd have a lot more wins and not be neck and neck with Cleveland.