Aug 22, 2013; Detroit, MI, USA; Detroit Tigers starting pitcher Justin Verlander (35) pitches in the first inning against the Minnesota Twins at Comerica Park. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

Detroit Tigers Playoff Starting Rotation: Send Justin Verlander To Bullpen

If you were to ask any of my family or friends Justin Verlander is my Tiger, has been since 2006.  That makes this article that much harder to write.  If I were managing the Detroit Tigers my starting rotation would be:

1. Max Scherzer

2. Doug Fister

3. Anibal Sanchez

4. Rick Porcello

I would put Justin Verlander in the bullpen, San Francisco did this in the playoffs last year with Tim Lincecum. This idea worked well for the San Francisco Giants last year when they moved Tim Lincecum to the bullpen, they won the World Series and this year he is back as a starter.  Even last year this would be insane to even think about, however you do not pick playoff lineups on past performance.  Your decision should be based solely on the current performance.  Since the All-Star break the other 4 starting pitchers have had better stats than Verlander has had

Justin seems to be alright for a couple of innings and then all of a sudden you look at the scoreboard and he has given up 3 runs.  Some of this may be due to the fact that he has thrown more innings and pitches than any other player in baseball over the last three years.  Jim Leyland tends to over use him, but they have been victorious doing that.  Not that the back end rotation of Smyly, Rondon, and Benoit have not been doing the job, they have been.  It would be awesome to see a Smyly, Verlander, Benoit and in an emergency Verlander could go 2 or even 3 innings.  This would solve there relief pitching concerns and still keep their strong starting pitching going.  I would take those 4 against any 4 starters in baseball and more than likely come out on top.  This could be the decision that wins us a World Series.

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