Thursday, May 19, 2011

Albeit hindsight being 20-20, here's second-guessing Jim Leyland

Hindsight is always 20-20 after a loss. That much is understood. But in the aftermath of the Tigers' 1-0 defeat to the Red Sox in soupy Boston Wednesday night, there were a couple items that left manager Jim Leyland open to second-guessing.
- Why wasn't Andy Dirks in the lineup? He is a left-handed hitter. Clay Buchholz, who dominated the Tigers, is a right-hander. And why not use Dirks as a pinch hitter late in the game rather than just running him? While it's true Buchholz has been slightly better against left-handed hitters than right-handed hitters this season, that hasn't be the case throughout his career. Right-handed hitting Ryan Raburn was completely overmatched by Buchholz and Jonathan Papelbon, the right-handed closer for Boston. Raburn was 0-for-3 with runners in scoring position. And I'm sure Raburn isn't in the lineup for his superior glove work in left field.
- OK, Leyland didn't bring back Phil Coke, who hadn't thrown that many pitches, after the rain delay. But why pull Ryan Perry after just two hitters in a tie game? He got those hitters out easily. Daniel Schlereth, who replaced Perry, was a disaster.



Blogger Joe Nagy said...

I'm convinced Ryan Raburn has pictures of Jim Leyland and Dave Dombrowski. I just don't get it.

11:39 AM 
Anonymous Michael C said...

Leyland makes a lot of weird lineup decisions. My guess as to why Raburn in the lineup is because he was 3-5 against that pitcher prior to that game, or something like that. He puts too much stock in really small sample sizes from years ago.

1:57 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Raburn has to be almost at the end of his rope. Dude is hitting .098 in May. They cannot continue to carry him. He is an automatic out right now and just killed us last night.

2:58 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Need a hitter? Matt Joyce, Andres Torres, Placido Polanco, and uh, yeah some guy named Granderson.


8:17 PM 
Blogger Lynn Benoit said...

Leyland loves to play that stupid lefty vs righty nonsense. Perry was doing just fine but he pulls him to let Schlereth debacle it.

8:50 AM 
Blogger Pat Caputo said...

Joe Nagy,
I thought Raburn would be a better hitter this season. He needs to turn it around or Dirks may get his spot.

9:54 AM 
Blogger Pat Caputo said...

Michael C,
That part is true. Raburn had a couple hits off Buchholz in the past, including a home run, the only one the Tigers have ever hit off him in his five appearances and 32 innings against them.

10:04 AM 
Blogger Pat Caputo said...

At least they have an option. Dirks made a nice play last night and had a nice hit on a tough pitch off Beckett.

10:05 AM 
Blogger Pat Caputo said...

It's amazing how well some of the ex-Tigers are doing on other teams lately.

10:07 AM 
Blogger Pat Caputo said...

Lynn Benoit,
In that case, it might have worked out better if he followed a "it's not broke, don't fix" philosophy.

10:09 AM 

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