Game Four Lineups

I was shocked last night to see Quintin Berry batting second in a World Series game. After he grounded into a double play, struck out with the bases loaded, and then struck out in the seventh, everyone should be shocked that he is still batting second tonight against the Giants right handed ace, Matt Cain.

Look, there is no he should or he would here. Quintin Berry is an org player who lit a spark in a boring team when Austin Jackson was hurt earlier this year. Then the league adjusted to his weakness and since July 1, he hit .224/.285/.312 (BA/OBP/SLG), which is a fair assessment of his actual skill.

Jim Leyland knows this. He knows he struggles to get on base. He knows the guy doesn’t work the count like he should. He knows the guy isn’t going to be an everyday players. What Jim Leyland is saying is he knows all these things, but he also knows Berry has a bit of magic in him. If he can get on base, he will most likely score. Is Berry good enough to achieve this and create some offense? He sure looked overmatched yesterday and that wasn’t against a pitcher as talented as Matt Cain, who by the way threw one of the most mesmerizing perfect games earlier this year. Can Berry succeed? Of course, this is baseball. But Jim Leyland is grasping at straws here. What else is he supposed to grasp at?

Here is the Tigers lineup.

  1. Austin Jackson, CF
  2. Quintin Berry, LF
  3. Miguel Cabrera, 3B
  4. Prince Fielder, 1B
  5. Delmon Young, DH
  6. Andy Dirks, RF
  7. Jhonny Peralta, SS
  8. Omar Infante, 2B
  9. Alex Avila, Gerald Laird, C

P: Max Scherzer

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