Tigers manager Jim Leyland made the mistake of taking out the best pitcher in the Detroit starting rotation and he paid the ultimate price for it. Max Scherzer did a great job holding the Red Sox to just one run in the 7 innings he pitched. He showed he could handle the pressure of getting the Tigers out of trouble when Leyland brought him in as a relief pitcher when the Tigers backs were against the wall against the Oakland A’s.

Scherzer had plenty of gas left in his tank last night. Leyland made the mistake of taking out the hottest pitcher the Tigers had all season and what happened? They lost. Not one of the 5 guys Leyland called from the bull-pen were able to control the Red Sox batters.

Each guy gave up at least one run to open the door for a Red Sox win. It’s easy to second guess the manager in a situation like this, but why he could let Scherzer finish what he started is anyone’s guess.

The guy has what it takes to work his way out of a jam. Leyland jumped the gun by pulling him. He has been amazing in 2013 and to take him out when he could have pulled off a win is crazy.

The Detroit Tigers are now tied with the Red Sox at one game a piece and they are finding out the hard way that this Red Sox line up can pull one over on any pitcher Leyland pulls out of his bull-pen.

It’s a lesson he could have avoided if he would have stayed calm and left Scherzer to do his job.

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Readers Comments (11)

  1. afh

    One problem with your story. It was Scherzer himself who told Leyland that his arm was sore and his tank was empty…of course he took him out of the game.

    • LG

      What’s your source?

      • DJ McCreedy

        I heard Scherzer say it himself, in a post game interview.

        • LG

          Well there we have it then. I missed it….

  2. Joe Busonick

    The bullpen did just fine on Saturday night so the sox had one night to enjoy they have Verlander tomorrow that should calm them right down.

  3. Mark Young

    Where have you been? Leastland has been doing this all year, every year, since he’s been the TIger manager at least.

  4. Danny Wilson

    Leyland himself said he was spent at 114 pitches. What gives? Was he gonna throw 150 pitches? The ullpen held them to nothing in the first game. It was a natural move to get him out of there with a 5 run lead. I don’t agree with a lot of what the ol man does but that was a no brainer

    • Dave Krueger

      The only mistake Leland made was pulling Veras too early!There was no need for that!

      • john murdick

        agree… Veras should have been aloowed to stay in to pitch to Big Papi… Benoit has been hit hard by Ortiz in the past… Leyland had to have known this… Leyland has shown time and again that he panics late in the game… Three times in last three weeks, Leyland brought his closer in in the 8th inning with one or two outs… and each time…. Benoit has blown the save… That is not how I view it though… I don’t blame Benoit for this… your closer is just that… 3 outs… Leyland panicked and it has cost the team.. and Benoit…

  5. Mark Young

    Don’t care if Mad Max said it himself. He’s covering for Leastland like the otther players. You saw in the the prior playoff games how pumped he was. His pitches had not lost any velocity or snap. He’s as much a competittor as JV. After having seen Leastland with his R-L-R Cha Cha Cha carousel costing us som any games asll season, do you really think tha would be going thru Max mind and that he would willingly say take me out skip? REALLY?

  6. Mark Young

    And I don’t buy it. They are covering for Jimbo again. We’ve seen the competitor side of Max, every bit as much as JV. His velocity was not down in the 7th. His pitches had just as much snap. And as many times as he seen Leastlnd blow leads, not only for him, but JV and the rest, do you really think thats what he was thinking????????


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