“If you’re not going to start the game, don’t pitch him. It’s riskier to pitch him on short rest than to send out Fister on full rest,” Valenti said on his radio show Tuesday.
“I haven’t really had a lot of luck with that in my career to be honest with you, bringing a starter out, but we’ll see,” Leyland said.
The Tigers took a 1-0 lead in the best-of-5 ALDS Friday night with a 3-2 win over the Oakland Athletics.
For the past few weeks, we’ve heard far too much about what the Tigers don’t have and not enough about what they do.
In 2011 or 2012, no one would have ever thought to question whether Justin Verlander, in 2011 the most dominant pitcher and in 2012 still one of the best, would be the number one starter for the playoffs.
The Tigers set a new American League record for strikeouts in a season: 1,384.
Max Scherzer became baseball’s first 20-game winner Friday night, pitching through bad weather for six innings to help the Detroit Tigers to a 12-5 victory over the Chicago White Sox.
Anibal Sanchez, who dropped off the radar a bit when he went on the disabled list in mid-June with a strained right shoulder, has been just as good and maybe a little bit better.
If Peralta cannot play left field, Leyland told Stoney and Bill on 97.1 The Ticket, Peralta, who was given a 50-game suspension for violating the league’s performance-enhancing drug policy, will likely not be on the playoff roster.
Jon Lester outdueled Max Scherzer and the Boston Red Sox beat Detroit 2-1 on Tuesday night, ending the Tigers right-hander’s chance to become just the second pitcher to open a season with a 20-1 record.