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Postby Slow Pitch » Wed May 28, 2008 11:29 pm

To bat MCab in the 3 hole?

This is where the guy has hit his whole career. He is struggling a bit so why not have him in front of Mags to make sure he gets good pitches to hit to try & bust him out of it. Instead he keeps a really really struggling Sheffield or a guy like Thames in the 3 hole over Miggy...come on.

I realize Thames is going off tonight, but that is irrelevant.

I think its a crime they wont put him in the 3 hole.
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Re: Why does Leyland refuse...

Postby Midnight_Toker » Wed May 28, 2008 11:43 pm

Agreed 110%.

The Tigers offense has been wildly inconsistent. And let's face it .... despite what Thames is doing tonight .... he isn't a better hitter than Cabrera and honestly should not be hitting in the 3 - hole over M - Cab. I don't know, it looks Leyland is just too damn stubborn and is going to leave Cabrera in that 5 - spot. :-t
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Re: Why does Leyland refuse...

Postby Slow Pitch » Wed May 28, 2008 11:47 pm

Well the Tigers have a whole heckuva lot more invested in MCab than Leyland....

It's really just stupid at this point. Your highest paid player, the offensive cornerstone of your franchise & he is being mishandled.
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Re: Why does Leyland refuse...

Postby mtxdevil » Thu May 29, 2008 12:09 am

<--- Really frustrated Miggy has only batted 3rd ONCE, if I recall correctly. WHY NOT PUT HIM THERE AND SEE WHAT HAPPENS? :-?
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Re: Why does Leyland refuse...

Postby silverZ » Thu May 29, 2008 1:13 am

I was thinking this earlier tonight. I can't think of a single reason to put Thamas in the 3rd spot instead of MCab. Makes no sense. :-S
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Re: Why does Leyland refuse...

Postby cards05 » Thu May 29, 2008 1:18 am

I'll join the party. Leyland is crazy for batting him 5th. Even when Sheff is out of the lineup, he never bats Miggy 3rd. I don't get it.
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Re: Why does Leyland refuse...

Postby jlm53089 » Thu May 29, 2008 6:56 am

Leyland always seemed kinda like a smart guy, but come on there is only so much a baseball community can take.
Putting MCab in the 3 hole cant hurt right now...
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Re: Why does Leyland refuse...

Postby dillpickle » Thu May 29, 2008 7:47 am

I was surprised when they started the season with Cabrera batting 5th and not 3rd. It got to a new low a couple nights ago, when Leyland batted Joyce (240 hitter) in the second spot and Polonco in the third spot in the order. Now that is just plain dumb.

I compare it to when I coached a bunch of six year olds. The first couple games, I just decided to bat everyone alphabetically based on their last name. After not scoring any runs for a couple games, because the good hitters were so spread out in the lineup that my team couldn't string together enough hits to score runs, I decided to group all the good hitters together. Ended up scoring some runs because the team could string together some hits rather then the hit, out, out, hit, out. Now batting a .240 hitter in the #2 hole makes ZERO sense, if it can at all be avoid. And sure enough, the Tigers have the proto-type #2 hitter in Polonco already on the team. Someone please try to explain that move to me.

It is becomeing more and more apparent that Leyland is just a flat out bad manager. I really am starting to understand why the Pirates of the early/mid 80's couldn't win a World Series title with some very, very good talent on the rosters.
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Re: Why does Leyland refuse...

Postby Slow Pitch » Thu May 29, 2008 8:20 am

It seems so simple to me:

1. Granderson
2. Polanco
3. MCab
4. Ordonez
5. Guillen
6. Sheffield/Thames
7. Renteria
8. Joyce
9. Pudge
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