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Jim Leyland is a hell of a manager who should be destined for enshrinement in the Hall of Fame once he decides to finally call it a career.
But even the best managers make mistakes, and Leyland made a crucial one in Game 3 of the ALDS—one that could ultimately cost his team its season.
It was obvious to anyone watching or listening to the game that Anibal Sanchez, the American League's ERA king, was nowhere near the top of his game. He struggled with his command and racked up an incredibly high pitch count early with 64 pitches through three innings.
After allowing a solo shot to Josh Reddick and a triple to Stephen Vogt in the top of the fourth inning with the A's ahead 2-0, Leyland got Rick Porcello up in the bullpen.
But he never came to the mound to make the switch.
By the time Leyland finally did pull Sanchez an inning later, it was too late. Oakland led 6-3, as Sanchez had allowed three home runs, and Detroit never recovered.
Leyland must be quicker with his hook in Game 4, going to the bullpen if starter Doug Fister gets himself into trouble or looks like he has nothing left.
Forget being loyal to the guys who got Detroit to this point. There's no tomorrow if the Tigers drop another game.