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Jim Leyland on Game 4 closer choice: “We’ll play it by ear”

Oct 18, 2012, 12:46 PM EDT

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Jim Leyland planned to rest Phil Coke last night, which may have opened the door for Jose Valverde to close out a series-ending win for the Tigers, but instead the game was rained out and now Coke is available for today’s Game 4.

However, when asked who he’ll turn to if the Tigers have a ninth-inning lead to protect Leyland said only that “everyone is available today” and “we’ll play it by ear.”

That could mean a lot of things, including a matchup-based closer-by-committee situation, but one thing it seemingly doesn’t mean is that Jose Valverde has regained the job he held for the past three seasons while converting 110 saves.

  1. darthicarus - Oct 18, 2012 at 12:50 PM

    I do hope Valverde does get a chance to pitch today. Granted the only way I want to see it happen is to intentionally walk someone while a better option is warming up in the bullpen.

  2. gigab0t - Oct 18, 2012 at 12:51 PM

    110 saves < 2 massive postseason failures

    At least, that's where my head is at right now.

  3. bennyandthemets - Oct 18, 2012 at 1:27 PM

    You mean play it by YEAR?

  4. mybrunoblog - Oct 18, 2012 at 2:43 PM

    The way the Yankees are hitting the Tigers could throw Mickey Lolich out there and get outs.

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