Critical Managerial Moves That Shifted the ALCS, NLCS

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Critical Managerial Moves That Shifted the ALCS, NLCS
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Joaquin Benoit should not have faced David Ortiz in Game 2.

Managing during the regular season and playoffs are two entirely different animals. In the postseason, skippers are constantly faced with contentious situations that not only make or break a game, but also the season.

And while the focus of the playoffs tends to be on stars performing to their regular-season accolades, the decisions managers green light often have a similarly drastic effect on a game’s outcome.

For instance, Jim Leyland should have saved dominant southpaw reliever Drew Smyly to use against left-handed hitter David Ortiz in Game 2. Instead, Joaquin Benoit served up a costly grand slam to the oft-clutch Ortiz, handing the Boston Red Sox a win that could have easily been in the Detroit Tigers' back pocket.

Read on to see the critical managerial moves that shifted the ALCS and NLCS.

 

All statistics sourced from Baseball-Reference.com and FanGraphs.com.

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