Tigers' lineup shuffle pays off in Game 4 win over Red Sox

Jose Iglesias of the Detroit Tigers slides into home during Game Four of the American League...

Jose Iglesias of the Detroit Tigers slides into home during Game Four of the American League Championship Series against the Boston Red Sox at Comerica Park October 16, 2013 in Detroit, Michigan. (Jamie Squire/Getty Images/AFP)

KEN FIDLIN, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 11:57 PM ET

It wasn’t as if Jim Leyland had many options.

His Detroit Tigers offence was stalled. Six paltry runs in three games and five of those runs came in a Game 2 soul-crushing 6-5 loss to the Boston Red Sox.

He had to shake up his lineup. Austin Jackson was killing him in the leadoff spot, hitless in the first three games of the American League Championship Series and just 3-for-33 in the playoffs.

So, prior to Game 4 Wednesday, Leyland pulled Jackson from the top of the order and moved him to the eight-hole in the lineup, moving seven hitters up one spot each. That made Torii Hunter a leadoff man for the first time in 10 years. Miguel Cabrera batted second for the first time since 2004.

Some managers might have consulted a SABRmetrician before making such an adjustment prior to a playoff game. Leyland, who invented old school, no doubt consulted a glass of Jack Daniel’s.


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