Jim Leyland is concerned about the offense. He should be. Especially considering how the offense fizzled in the 2012 postseason. I spark the offense Jim Leyland annouced on Sunday that he will be starting Jhonny Peralta to get an “extra base bat” in the line-up.
The Tigers have not scored a run against the A’s since the first inning of Game 1. That is a stretch of 17 innings. 9 of which came against a rookie, Sonny Gray. Sonny Gray was impressive no doubt but so impressive that he was able to stymie one of the best offneses in the American League?
Jim Leyland is hoping that Jhonny Peralta, who recently returned from a 50 game suspension, can give the Tigers line-up the spark they need to rtuen to dominance. Although Leyland conceeds that the team might be giving up a little on defense, he is hoping Peralta’s bat can make up the difference.
“I kind of wanted to look at it. We’re still taking a little bit of a chance because defensively, you don’t know what’s going to happen. But there comes a point where you say, well, you might have to give up something to get something,” he continued. “So I’m just hoping that maybe he can knock in a couple of runs and we can get a lead and then maybe get him out of there later in the game. But we have to try and stretch the lineup out a little bit.”
There was no word from Leyland about where Jhonny Peralta would bat in the line-up. He had been hitting sixth before his suspension but Leyland has had the left field position batting 8th in the order during the ALDS.