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ALDS, Game 5: Tigers-A’s lineups

Oct 10, 2013, 4:43 PM EDT

Jim Leyland, Bob Melvin AP AP

Lineups for Game 5 in Oakland …

CF Austin Jackson
RF Torii Hunter
3B Miguel Cabrera
1B Prince Fielder
DH Victor Martinez
SS Jhonny Peralta
C Alex Avila
2B Omar Infante
LF Don Kelly

SP Justin Verlander

Tigers manager Jim Leyland has made a big change, benching slick-fielding rookie shortstop Jose Iglesias and shifting Jhonny Peralta back to shortstop after playing him out of position in left field with some ugly results. Don Kelly steps into the lineup for Iglesias, which is the latest in a long line of Leyland putting an awful lot of faith in the 34-year-old career .229 hitter. Leyland loves Kelly and has essentially chosen him over Iglesias while upgrading the outfield defense and downgrading the infield defense.

CF Coco Crisp
3B Josh Donaldson
SS Jed Lowrie
LF Yoenis Cespedes
DH Seth Smith
1B Brandon Moss
2B Alberto Callaspo
RF Josh Reddick
C Stephen Vogt

SP Sonny Gray

A’s manager Bob Melvin has also made some changes, led by benching Eric Sogard and starting Alberto Callaspo at second base. Melvin had previous said he wanted Sogard’s glove in the game and valued the impact Callaspo’s bat could make off the bench as a pinch-hitter, but apparently that changed. Yoenis Cespedes also moves into the cleanup spot, with Brandon Moss sliding down in the lineup.

  1. aceinthehole12 - Oct 10, 2013 at 4:50 PM

    I love that Alberto is starting for us..nice to have a bat down there that might be able to actually do something.

    • josem1965 - Oct 10, 2013 at 5:12 PM

      Callaspo should have started in Game four. He has much better numbers against Fister than Sogard does.

  2. Joe - Oct 10, 2013 at 5:11 PM

    Verlander figures to get a lot of fly balls, so sacrificing the infield D for a plus in the OF might be a good switch.

    I was also going to write, “and gain the platoon split,” but Don Kelly is pretty terrible at the plate no matter who he’s facing. Yes, he’s better (than Don Kelly vs. LHP) with righties on the mound, and Iglesias is worse (than Jose Iglesias vs. LHP) with righties on the mound, but there’s not much evidence that Don Kelly is better than Jose Iglesias when both are facing right-handed pitching.

    • Reflex - Oct 10, 2013 at 6:07 PM

      Agree that Kelly isn’t worth much in the OF, but the downgrade defensively from Iglesias to Jhonny is overstated, and more than made up for by the upgrade defensively in LF. Both of them are better hitters than Iglesias as well.

      This is the lineup needed to have any chance at winning, although I’d have considered Castenellos in LF, or even Dirks over Kelly.

  3. mudhead123 - Oct 10, 2013 at 6:32 PM

    Hopefully karma plays a hand in the game and the team playing a cheater loses

    • historiophiliac - Oct 10, 2013 at 7:33 PM


  4. gosuhgo - Oct 10, 2013 at 6:49 PM

    Donny. Kelly. Baby.

  5. phelbin - Oct 10, 2013 at 7:02 PM

    My prediction: Austin Jackson strikes out 3 more times to make it a baker’s dozen for the series. Sonny Gray K’d him 4 times in game 2…so I’d say this is pretty likely.

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