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ALCS, Game 4: Red Sox-Tigers lineups

Oct 16, 2013, 3:44 PM EDT

John Farrell, Jim Leyland AP

Lineups for Game 4 in Detroit …

Red Sox:
CF Jacoby Ellsbury
RF Shane Victorino
2B Dustin Pedroia
DH David Ortiz
1B Mike Napoli
LF Daniel Nava
C Jarrod Saltalamacchia
SS Stephen Drew
3B Will Middlebrooks

SP Jake Peavy

Switch-hitter Daniel Nava and his .322 batting average versus right-handed pitching is finally back in the lineup after Red Sox manager John Farrell repeatedly benched him in favor of righty bat Jonny Gomes. Beyond that it’s a typical Boston lineup.

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

SP Doug Fister

See, now this is interesting. Tigers manager Jim Leyland has dropped slumping leadoff man Austin Jackson into the eighth spot and moved everyone else up, which means Torii Hunter is batting leadoff for the first time since 1999 and Miguel Cabrera is hitting second. Statistical studies have shown that a team’s best hitter should typically bat No. 2, but obviously most managers don’t buy into that. Cabrera has hit second just twice in his career, both in 2004 when he was a 21-year-old with the Marlins. Jhonny Peralta is back in the outfield, with Jose Iglesias manning shortstop, and perhaps the biggest surprise of the entire lineup is that Leyland didn’t find a way to start Don Kelly somewhere.

  1. rickdobrydney - Oct 16, 2013 at 3:51 PM

    It doesn’t look good for the Tigers—- Teams that are not hitting a lick in the playoffs usually do not immediately start hitting. All the hitters look tired, and late. These last games will be close, and tightly played.

    • kruegere - Oct 16, 2013 at 3:59 PM

      Do you watch baseball outside of the postseason?

      Of course hitters who aren’t hitting can start hitting. Pitchers who aren’t pitching well can also pitch well.

      The games will be close, but not because of the previous 3 games.

    • jcmeyer10 - Oct 16, 2013 at 4:06 PM

      All it takes is one pitch my friend.

    • pastabelly - Oct 16, 2013 at 4:10 PM

      The Red Sox really haven’t hit since game 2 of the ALDS. Does it look bad for them too?

  2. cabrera24 - Oct 16, 2013 at 3:53 PM

    Why not
    1. Hunter

    • kindasporty - Oct 16, 2013 at 10:15 PM

      Why not
      1. Phillips
      2. Whittaker
      3. Fryman
      4. Fielder
      5. Tettleton
      6. Davis
      7. Gibson
      8. Gladden
      9. Trammell

  3. jcmeyer10 - Oct 16, 2013 at 4:07 PM

    So excited. This series has me wishing I didn’t have a dog in the fight.

  4. jeffchadwick - Oct 16, 2013 at 4:10 PM

    Leyland’s lineup just reeks of desperation. Doubt this series gets back to Fenway.

  5. unclemosesgreen - Oct 16, 2013 at 4:10 PM

    As a Red Sox fan I really hate this lineup change. AJax was a reliable out to start every game.

  6. pastabelly - Oct 16, 2013 at 4:46 PM

    As a Red Sox fan, I didn’t mind having Gomes and his inferior numbers in the lineup and Nava out. Gomes had a hit, narrowly missed a home run, and made a nice defensive play yesterday. He’s a smart player who never seems to hurt the Sox. If they were going to start Gomes against Verlander, why not start him against Fister?

    • jeffchadwick - Oct 16, 2013 at 4:58 PM

      Especially since Gomes had horrid numbers against Verlander when compared with Fister.

      • pastabelly - Oct 16, 2013 at 5:07 PM

        Yup, maybe last night was just a hunch and he’s going back to Nava vs righty. Oh well.

  7. aceshigh11 - Oct 16, 2013 at 5:04 PM

    Miggy batting second, huh?

    Hey, gotta shake things up I guess. A team with that much potential firepower needs to do something drastic and kick the tires.

    That said…GO SOX.

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