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Jhonny Peralta is starting in left field for the Tigers tonight

Sep 27, 2013, 5:40 PM EST

Jhonny Peralta‘s Biogenesis suspension is over. The Tigers have clinched the division. So it’s experiment time:

And it’s a pretty smart experiment. Jose Iglesias is a great gloveman at short and there’s no sense in depriving the Tigers’ pitchers of that in the playoffs. Left field, in contrast, has been pretty darn bad for Detroit, with Andy Dirks‘ OPS+ of 86 leading the way thus far. If Peralta’s bat isn’t rusty, and if Peralta can keep from embarrassing himself in left, the Tigers will have a nice upgrade.

And even if Peralta can’t handle left, having him around as a bench bat, a pinch-hitter for Iglesias if needed and a potential replacement for Miguel Cabrera if the banged up MVP can’t go for some reason would be a nice luxury.

As for you who disapprove of the recently-suspended Peralta being activated by the Tigers:

 

Someone hand me a tissue. I can’t help but hear “The Battle Hymn of the Republic” playing over Leyland’s words and I can’t keep from getting weepy.

  1. historiophiliac - Sep 27, 2013 at 5:48 PM

    Meh, shoulda gone with Jobu Bless America.

  2. ckhoss29 - Sep 27, 2013 at 5:59 PM

    Let’s see how he does if he’s clean now.

  3. Reflex - Sep 27, 2013 at 6:02 PM

    The only reason this makes sense is because LF is such a hole for the Tigers. If they had someone even league average they’d be much better off with Peralta at SS, despite the mild downgrade defensively.

    • whammy24 - Sep 27, 2013 at 6:31 PM

      Dirks/Tuiasosopo have combined for 2.8 fWAR this season. League average would be a downgrade.

      Also, I know you keep saying that Iglesias isn’t the defender everyone makes him out to be, but let’s not use the defensive metrics as gospel quite yet. Besides, his wRC+ is 107, so even if he *is* more sizzle than steak, his bat still plays.

      • Reflex - Sep 27, 2013 at 9:37 PM

        His bat really doesn’t play though, that’s the thing. He is very unproductive, with a OPS+ of only 88.

        And I agree the defensive metrics don’t say a lot yet, except that in four seasons in the minors they weren’t any better.

  4. joestemme - Sep 27, 2013 at 6:50 PM

    Shame on the Detroit Tigers.

    Shame on them.

    • frank433 - Sep 27, 2013 at 7:25 PM

      Why?

      • joestemme - Sep 27, 2013 at 10:00 PM

        What joapiwedsf said:
        “It’s disgusting that MLB timed the suspensions to make the cheaters eligible for the playoffs. They don’t deserve any breaks.”

    • lazlosother - Sep 27, 2013 at 8:09 PM

      Yeah, imagine those guys. Investing in the team, putting a good product on the field and now they welcome back a good player who could increase their chances in the playoffs.

      Bastards.

  5. grumpyoleman - Sep 27, 2013 at 8:21 PM

    Looks like the karma gods are having a say early in the game. Then again it could be the lineup smokey is playing tonight. The fielder family reunion was nice to see though

  6. joapiwedsf - Sep 27, 2013 at 8:33 PM

    It’s disgusting that MLB timed the suspensions to make the cheaters eligible for the playoffs. They don’t deserve any breaks.

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