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ALDS Game 5 lineups: Tigers vs. Yankees

Oct 6, 2011, 3:48 PM EDT

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Here are the lineups for Game 5 of the Tigers-Yankees series tonight:

1. Austin Jackson, CF           1. Derek Jeter, SS
2. Don Kelly, 3B                2. Curtis Granderson, CF
3. Delmon Young, LF             3. Robinson Cano, 2B
4. Miguel Cabrera, 1B           4. Alex Rodriguez, 3B
5. Victor Martinez, DH          5. Mark Teixeira, 1B
6. Magglio Ordonez, RF          6. Nick Swisher, RF
7. Alex Avila, C                7. Jorge Posada, DH
8. Jhonny Peralta, SS           8. Russell Martin, C
9. Ramon Santiago, 2B           9. Brett Gardner, LF

SP Doug Fister, RHP             SP Ivan Nova, RHP

Wilson Betemit is 0-for-10 in the series and rather than turn to Brandon Inge manager Jim Leyland has opted to go with Don Kelly at third base. Kelly is 3-for-7 in the series, but he’s also a 31-year-old career .240 hitter with a ghastly .285 on-base percentage and .363 slugging percentage in 287 games and has logged just 444 innings at third base in the majors. Starting him at third base in a do-or-die game is an odd move and batting him second in the order is even weirder. It also means the three guys hitting directly in front of cleanup man Miguel Cabrera had on-base percentages of .317, .302, and .291 this year.

No changes for the Yankees, who’re sticking with the exact same lineup they used in each of the first four games of the series.

  1. yankeesfanlen - Oct 6, 2011 at 3:50 PM

    Am I waiting for ARod’s big night with two men on? Yes. Yes I am.

    • proudlycanadian - Oct 6, 2011 at 4:21 PM

      Are you referring to baseball or porn?

  2. funkygoorilla - Oct 6, 2011 at 4:18 PM

    The spirits are telling me the Yanks are winning tonight. Fo show!

  3. Detroit Michael - Oct 6, 2011 at 4:20 PM

    For what it’s worth, Kelly looks quite competent to me when I’ve seen him at 3B. His Baseball Info Solutions Defensive Runs Saved is 8 runs above the average MLB 3B, but that doesn’t come close to stabilizing in just 444 innings played.

    I agree that he should be batting 8th or so in that order, not 2nd, if he is going to play.

  4. lembeck4 - Oct 6, 2011 at 5:17 PM

    I’d rather see Santiago hitting 2nd myself, but Kelly hit the ball hard last game, and he’s versatile.

    • craggt - Oct 6, 2011 at 5:29 PM

      I’d rather see Ryan Raburn in the lineup somewhere. He was one of the best hitters in the AL the second half of the season and we’ve barely seen him this series.

  5. polegojim - Oct 6, 2011 at 6:47 PM

    Lions AND Tigers AND Wings… OH MY!!!

    Detroit is going through a great sports run!!!

    Let that overhyped and inflated payroll team stay home!

    Let Go TIGERS!!!

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