Jim Leyland is mulling over batting order changes as he seeks to make a sputtering offense generate more runs on a more consistent basis.
Leyland said Martinez would go back into the fifth spot in the batting order, but the issues are what to do with the third and sixth batters.
Brennan Boesch did well as the sixth hitter when Martinez was healthy and during the first week Martinez was on the disabled list. Now Leyland is thinking of putting him ahead of cleanup hitter Miguel Cabrera, presumably figuring the outfielder would see more fastballs.
"I'm probably going to bat Boesch there," Leyland said Tuesday before Detroit won for the first time in a week, beating the Yankees 4-2. But he added, "If Magglio (Ordonez) gets going like Magglio, you probably want him up at the third spot."
The possible drawback to Boesch hitting third is that in the last week, he has gone into a slump as pitchers have worked around Cabrera. Leyland may decide to keep Boesch sixth for the comfort factor.
He could only do that by keeping Ordonez third. And until Detroit snapped its seven-game losing streak, Ordonez was hitting more line a sub than a No. 3 hitter, with his average just .169.
Ordonez had two hits in Detroit's win, but neither was a missile. One was a soft liner pushed into right field, while the other was a ground single in the hole to left. One the other hand, they were hits, and Ordonez finally hit a solid liner into the gap Monday night, a ball that was run down by one of the few left fielders in the game who could catch it, Brett Gardner.
Guess that's why managers get paid that good money.
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