The Tigers were able to squeak out a 1-0 game behind 6 no-hit innings from Anibal Sanchez and only allowing one hit against the best offense in the American League. But the game was closer than it needed to be if the Tigers offense were able to produce in the vital moments.
I would make a few adjustments to the lineup heading into game 2, mostly involving moving Austin Jackson down in the lineup. Jackson was very important in getting Detroit to the playoffs as he hit .272 from the lead off spot, but the postseason has been another story.
Through the six games, Jackson is hitting .120 with 15 strikeouts in 25 at bats. That can’t happen, especially not from the lead off guy who is supposed to be setting the table for Cabrera, Fielder and Martinez. So I would move Jackson down in the lineup, hopefully taking some of the pressure off of him and allowing him to get back in some sort of rhythm. My lineup would look like this:
1. Torii Hunter
2. Jhonny Peralta
3. Miguel Cabrera
4. Prince Fielder
5. Victor Martinez
6. Andy Dirks
7. Omar Infante
8 Austin Jackson
9. Alex Avila
What this does is take some of the protection away from Victor Martinez, but will give the top of the lineup more pop. Peralta, it could be argued, has been the best hitter for the Tigers in the playoffs so far, so moving him up in the lineup would help create more options for Cabrera and company to have runners on when they come up to bat.
With Peralta playing shortstop for Iglesias, Andy Dirks can fill in behind Martinez with some pop off the bench as well. This may be one of the weaker defensive lineups the Tigers have, but with Max Scherzer on the mound hopefully they won’t be tested very often.
So what do you think Tigers fans, should Leyland alter his lineup or stick with what got the team this far? Let us know at DetroitSportsBloggers.com or on Facebook and Twitter.