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Tigers set postseason roster: Brad Penny and Rick Porcello in, David Pauley out

Sep 30, 2011, 11:19 AM EDT

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Detroit announced its postseason roster, choosing to include both Brad Penny and Rick Porcello. That means one of them will start Game 4 against the Yankees while the other works out of the bullpen, although manager Jim Leyland hasn’t said which right-hander will fill which role.

David Pauley, who was acquired from the Mariners as part of the Doug Fister trade in July, will not be on the ALDS roster after posting a 5.95 ERA in 14 appearances for the Tigers. Pauley had a 2.15 ERA in 39 appearances for Seattle prior to the trade.

Instead of Pauley the Tigers opted for Ryan Perry as a right-handed reliever. They’ll also go with Omir Santos as their backup catcher, in part because Victor Martinez is too banged up to be even an emergency option behind the plate.

  1. Chris Fiorentino - Sep 30, 2011 at 11:23 AM

    If the Tigers are down 2-1 and they don’t start Verlander in game 4, Leyland is crazy.

    • lloydcarr1997 - Sep 30, 2011 at 11:34 AM

      You still have to win both games.

      • Chris Fiorentino - Sep 30, 2011 at 11:44 AM

        That’s true…but you also have to stay alive. Anything can happen. If he doesn’t start game 4, and you lose, then he never starts again. At least if you get it back to New York anything can happen.

      • Detroit Michael - Sep 30, 2011 at 12:12 PM

        Unless the Tigers start both Verlander and Fister on short rest, it doesn’t do any good to start just Verlander on short rest.

        Starting them both on short rest may make sense if we were talking about the World Series. It makes no sense to start doing that in the first round of the playoffs when neither pitcher is used to it. The post-season is not a sprint.

        Anyway, Leyland has already said, he’s not starting Verlander on short rest.

      • Chris Fiorentino - Sep 30, 2011 at 1:21 PM

        det michael, this is wrong. There is an off day between games 4 and 5 so it’s only one man pitching on short rest. I would rather have verlander on short rest and a well-rested fister than Penny or Porcello and Verlander. I know what Leyland said, and I think he is crazy. I’ll believe Verlander isn’t pitching game 4 when I see Penny or Porcello out there on the mound down 2 games to 1 with their season on the line.

  2. sknut - Sep 30, 2011 at 11:52 AM

    How Brad Penny still has a job is beyond me, he seems to get hard every start.

    • Francisco (FC) - Sep 30, 2011 at 12:06 PM

      he seems to get hard every start

      This little tidbit is yet another reason for an edit function. It’s kind of like Jerry Meal’s blown call that gave Atlanta that game over the Pirates. Yes, I’m saying we need an edit function as badly as MLB needs expanded replay.

    • Francisco (FC) - Sep 30, 2011 at 12:13 PM

      How Brad Penny still has a job is beyond me, he seems to get hard every start.

      You have to at least admire Brad’s enthusiasm for the game…

    • philliesblow - Sep 30, 2011 at 12:38 PM

      You’d be hard every start too if you had Karina Smirnoff waiting for you at home.

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