The interesting thing about the Tigers is going to be when they rest Victor and put Prince or Miggy in at DH, they will likely get more production than they get from their starter. Wisenheimers all over the blogdom will quip that’s because those two should both be DHs, but we won’t get into that. Gains in production from those two will probably be cancelled out by the rare instance where Leyland doesn’t want to mess with the “flow of the lineup” and throws Kelly or Tuiasosopo in at DH.
Hunter knows how to combat the cold, however. After all, he still says that one of the coldest games he’s ever played in was his first outdoors road opener — at Tiger Stadium in 1999.
Leyland said he was hopeful long reliever Drew Smyly could give the Tigers three effective innings, which would have carried the Tigers to the ninth, where Leyland would have chosen a closer based on matchups. But Smyly was ineffective, so Leyland was forced to mix it up.
“We did just what we told everybody we were going to be doing,” he said. “We mixed and matched.”
The International Fund for Animal Welfare issued a statement Monday decrying the team for posing with tiger cubs from the Dade City Wild Things Zoo.