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Tigers' flaw exposed?

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07:30 AM ET 10.14 | Red Sox fans who went to bed early Sunday missed a dramatic comeback from the home team, which until rallying had accumulated one hit in their first 45 ALCS at-bats. In any case, the Tigers suddenly have a problem. Yes, momentum in baseball rests with the next day's starting pitcher, and [Justin Verlander] is fully capable of serving as his own closer in Game 3. But the Tigers' lack of a left-handed counter to [Jacoby Ellsbury and David Ortiz], other than [Drew Smyly], figures to be an issue again in this series. And most of their other relievers are too volatile to be trusted. On the flip side, the Tigers are getting hot offensively -- Victor Martinez hit two doubles Sunday night, Alex Avila had a homer and three RBI, Miguel Cabrera mashed one homer and nearly another.

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October 14, 2013  08:04 AM ET

What a great game! Not a fan of the Bosox but I'm rooting for them way more than Detroit. Detroit is going to need those starters to go DEEP into the games or that bullpen is going to cough it up and get them knocked out of the playoffs.

October 14, 2013  08:12 AM ET

It's a beautiful day in the neighborhood!
Go Sox!
Go Pats!

October 14, 2013  08:37 AM ET

The way Torri Hunter overran the ball was hilarious. A riotous flip into the abyss for great dramatic effect

October 14, 2013  08:40 AM ET

My wife suggested that I switch over to the baseball game from the football game before turning in for the night. I said why bother, knowing they were losing 5-1 in the 8th. For once, I'm glad I listened to her.

October 14, 2013  08:47 AM ET

Tiger's starting pitchers deserve better relief help. Red Sox pitchers deserve better team hitting.
Exciting play-off series.

October 14, 2013  09:21 AM ET
QUOTE(#5):

Tiger's starting pitchers deserve better relief help. Red Sox pitchers deserve better team hitting.Exciting play-off series.

October 14, 2013  09:33 AM ET

The biggest problem was the way that Leyland over-managed the game. Did it on Saturday as well, but got away with it. There's no need to change pitchers for every batter once you get to the bullpen.

October 14, 2013  09:37 AM ET
QUOTE(#7):

The biggest problem was the way that Leyland over-managed the game. Did it on Saturday as well, but got away with it. There's no need to change pitchers for every batter once you get to the bullpen.

Problem is, there is nobody in that pen he trusts.

October 14, 2013  09:44 AM ET
QUOTE(#7):

The biggest problem was the way that Leyland over-managed the game. Did it on Saturday as well, but got away with it. There's no need to change pitchers for every batter once you get to the bullpen.

Leyland spent too many years watching LaRussa do that with his bullpen.

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October 14, 2013  09:46 AM ET
QUOTE(#10):

Francona went mad with that strategy with the Indians in September and it worked out kinda alright for them.

I watched Dusty Baker employ a similar strategy in the 2002 World Series to less than stellar results.

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October 14, 2013  10:23 AM ET
QUOTE(#7):

The biggest problem was the way that Leyland over-managed the game. Did it on Saturday as well, but got away with it. There's no need to change pitchers for every batter once you get to the bullpen.

Jeez, can't Scherzer just throw 150-160 pitches? Forget the pen, just go all Christy Mathewsom on them.
I guess Anibal Sanchez wanted to let the Bosox know they should have kept him in the first place.

October 14, 2013  10:39 AM ET
QUOTE(#7):

The biggest problem was the way that Leyland over-managed the game. Did it on Saturday as well, but got away with it. There's no need to change pitchers for every batter once you get to the bullpen.

Depends on whether or not you have a bullpen you have some confidence in, doesn't it?

October 14, 2013  11:05 AM ET

A good comeback game.

October 14, 2013  11:10 AM ET
QUOTE(#14):

Depends on whether or not you have a bullpen you have some confidence in, doesn't it?

Seems to me, if you don't trust your bullpen, trotting every member of it out into the game is a recipe for disaster.

October 14, 2013  11:12 AM ET
QUOTE(#16):

Seems to me, if you don't trust your bullpen, trotting every member of it out into the game is a recipe for disaster.

I would agree with this.

October 14, 2013  02:00 PM ET
QUOTE(#16):

Seems to me, if you don't trust your bullpen, trotting every member of it out into the game is a recipe for disaster.

Perhaps he tried to match whatever strength a reliever has to the batter stepping in the box; different for each batter.

October 14, 2013  10:24 PM ET

Well......just look at Detroit at last seasons WS....go Giants in 2014!!!!!!!!!

 
October 15, 2013  07:39 AM ET

The biggest flaw with the Tigers is having Jim Leyland coach the team. Dombrowski should've booted the crusty old cob after that epic 2009 collapse ~~

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