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Much like Sparky Anderson at the end of his career, Jim Leyland's pitching moves just keep getting worse.
He pulls pitchers when he should leave them in, leaves pitchers in who should be pulled and puts pitchers in situations in which they are destined to fail.
Leyland's pitching decisions started looking questionable after Al Albuquerque got hurt last year.
Without him, Leyland seemed to be at a loss for a middle relief pitcher when Joaquin Benoit was unavailable. Between Daniel Schlereth and Ryan Perry, he would put them into the tight game situations only to see them fail.
Wednesday's game Verlander was throwing an 84-pitch shutout into the 9th inning, and Leyland let his ace go after it was apparent he didn't have control of his curve or changeup.
He should have been lifted immediately for Jose Valverde, when it was apparent he was just going to throw fastballs. That, or just leave your ace in the game to clean up his own mess.
Well, Verlander was lifted, after surrendering the lead and putting runners in scoring position. Leyland went to his main man Schlereth to get out a tough lefty in Matt Joyce.
Tampa Bay switched their left-handed batter for a right-handed pinch hitter.
Here, Leyland could have brought in Valverde, who was completely warmed up, to pitch to the right-hander. It was not to be, as Schlereth walked the pinch-hitter and was immediately lifted for Valverde.
At least Ryan Perry isn't still on the team for Leyland to use.