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We will not even count the fact that Brandon Inge is still on the roster against him. That call seems to be coming from much higher up. How he uses him though is cause for concern.
In the fourth game against the Rangers the team was in the 10th inning and needed a run to win the game. For some reason, Leyland sends Brandon Inge to the plate who promptly hits the ball to third base for an out.
Now it is not as though Don Kelly was hitting all that well. He was 0-3 on the day but his .214 average is only four times better than Inge. Unless they were going to let Inge jump in front of a pitch there was no excuse to allow him to even look at a bat, let along take one to the plate.
Also in the Rangers game he sent his newly called up pitcher, Thad Weber to the mound. Now every pitcher when called up needs to be ready to play against anyone but wouldn’t you want to protect the new kid just a little?
Instead he gets placed into his first game ever, against the best hitting team in baseball…in extra innings. Nothing like throwing the kid to the wolves. Although the winning run happened on a bad call, Weber allowed the runners to get into scoring position. It was a rough situation to put a first timer in.
Justin Verlander is the key to the team. The focus needs to be on him being just as strong in the postseason as he is midseason. In his second start of the season, Leyland left him in for 131 pitches. First off that is way too early in the season to throw that many pitches. There was no need to risk the star pitcher on a meaningless April game against the lowly Kansas City Royals.
Often he acts like he knows more than anyone else in the room. Sometimes it seems like he makes calls just to spit in his critics face. More than most managers he seems to really hate anybody questioning him and just cannot seem to fathom people having different opinions or at least being curious as to how he reaches his decisions.
Leyland has a very good team that has high hopes for the season. As long as he stays out of his own way they should be fine.