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Leyland says Fielder hitting 4th, Cabrera 3rd

Posted on: January 26, 2012 2:52 pm
Edited on: January 26, 2012 4:15 pm
 
Prince Fielder

By C. Trent Rosecrans


Sure it's not even February, but like the rest of us, Jim Leyland is having fun trying to figure out the Tigers' lineup with Prince Fielder.

At Thursday's press conference introducing Fielder, Leyland announced his early lineup, with Fielder batting cleanup behind Miguel Cabrera:

Prince to Tigers
Austin Jackson CF
Brennan Boesch RF
Miguel Cabrera 3B
Prince Fielder 1B
Delmon Young LF
Alex Avila C
Jhonny Peralta SS
Andy Dirks / Clete Thomas / Don Kelly DH
Ryan Raburn 2B

"Pretty hard to mess that one up," Leyland said.

Leyland also said he didn't expect to use a late-game defensive replacement for Cabrera at third base. He also said the team could still use Brandon Inge to play some at third base and DH, as well. However, the way the roster is looking, it's possible he could be released.

The team could also use Young as a DH with one of the trio of Dirks, Thomas and Kelly playing left field, as well.

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Comments

Since: May 29, 2009
Posted on: January 26, 2012 7:49 pm
 

Leyland says Fielder hitting 4th, Cabrera 3rd

The lineup around Fielder and Cabrera isn't impressive.  Jackson fell, Boesch can't stay healthy. Bat thrower Young has never turned out. Avila had one lucky season and was exposed in the playoffs. Peralta is overrated and the rest is bad.   The Tigers are overrated
GNRSOX,

From a team whose bit additions in the last couple years are 3 of the worst in the MLB (rios, dunn and peavy) -- I find it humorous to hear you say Detroit's lineup isn't impressive.
 
Jackson has scored 193 runs in his 1st two years in the MLB

Boesch has been injured ONCE while playing for the Tigers, but he is "injury prone"  LOL -- he improved on all his numbers from his rookie season in 2011 and hit .300 the majority of the year until the injury.

Young only finished in the top 10 for the AL MVP in 2010 and hit 13 hrs with 38 rbis in 49 games for Detroit last year.

Avila has had one season as a full time catcher and he was the starting catcher for the AL all-star team.

Peralta is another guy who was an all-star last year -- I guess hitting .299 with 21 hrs at SS isn't good enough for you  LOL

And oh yeah -- there is also those two little guys in the middle of the order -- they only combined for like 70 hrs, 200+ rbi's, 200+ walks, 200+ runs and a batting average of around .320  LMAO.

YEP -- Detroit sure is overrated.  HAHA!!!!



Since: Aug 24, 2006
Posted on: January 26, 2012 7:17 pm
 

Leyland says Fielder hitting 4th, Cabrera 3rd

The lineup around Fielder and Cabrera isn't impressive.  Jackson fell, Boesch can't stay healthy. Bat thrower Young has never turned out. Avila had one lucky season and was exposed in the playoffs. Peralta is overrated and the rest is bad.   The Tigers are overrated

 



Since: Jul 3, 2007
Posted on: January 26, 2012 6:38 pm
 

Leyland says Fielder hitting 4th, Cabrera 3rd

Cabrera at third base is a crazy idea, and right now I'm not sure if that's just word of media or if the Tigers and Cabrera actually plan on this, but in either event, he won't be seeing any more time at third by August. One of those guys has to DH. Brandon Inge's defensive value at third base is more than that of Dirks, Thomas or Kellys's bat. Im guessing Cabrera will play 3rd, Fielder will DH and Inge will play third.

In either case, the Tigers have built a fantasy team, a lineup with infinite pop and king-sized rotation, assuming Verlander builds' off of last postseasons' struggles. They are the December World Series Favorites? If nothing else, it means you've got ticket sales...



Since: Oct 8, 2006
Posted on: January 26, 2012 3:03 pm
 

Leyland says Fielder hitting 4th, Cabrera 3rd

So much for Inge's statement on not wanting to platoon at third with Don Kelly. His next statement should be "I will do anything to keep my job."


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