Walkoff Woodward

Concerning Detroit Baseball
November 14, 2012

Jim Leyland Should Play One Lineup All Year

He doesn’t like explaining his lineups, so I suggest this one neverchanging lineup considering OPS Against LHP and OPS Against RHP.

CF, RH, Austin Jackson, (L .856, R .856)

RF, RH, Torii Hunter, (L. 868, R .798)

3B, RH, Miguel Cabrera, (L .913, R 1.021)

1B, LH, Prince Fielder, (L.808, R 1.017)

DH, SH, Victor Martinez, (L .823, R .862)

LF, LH, Andy Dirks, (L .751, R .889)

SS, RH, Jhonny Peralta, (L .692, R .688)

C, LH, Alex Avila, (L .539, R .796)

2B, RH, Omar Infante, (L .872, R .656)

Besides Jhonny Peralta in general and Alex Avila against Left Handed pitching there is nothing the Tigers should move in this lineup. I’d like to see them go get another SS but there’s not much available this winter and so they may be stuck with him.

As for Avila, they could go after a right handed catcher to play against left handed pitching (for example Kelly Shoppach who can be had cheap – under $2m – and has a career .868 OPS against left handed pitching).

Huh.

Leave it alone Jim.

  • http://twitter.com/Spockmaster Joel

    I think we also need a platoon partner for Dirks (or a different full-time LF, like Victorino or someone), I still don’t think he will ever be a full-time player.

    I agree that we need to move on from Peralta but don’t really have any options and that we should sign Shoppach.

    • http://www.walkoffwoodward.com/ Josh Worn

      I like that Dirks is cheap. There’s also no guarantee that Victorino or Melky Cabrera would produce more.

      • http://twitter.com/Spockmaster Joel

        I think the best option would be a fairly cheap RH platoon partner for Dirks like Scott Hairston or Cody Ross or someone.

        • http://www.walkoffwoodward.com/ Josh Worn

          Hairston could be reasonable. I doubt they do it but it wouldn’t be a bad idea if they did.

        • verlander

          I don’t think Cody Ross will come cheap.

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