Much has been written and said about Austin Jackson’s postseason struggles at the plate and before Game 4 of the ALCS manager Jim Leyland knew something had to be done about it.
The thing is so did Austin Jackson. So instead of sulking and pouting about being pushed down in the order, AJax scratched and clawed….and produced. Jackson was 2 for 2 with two walks. One of the walks produced an RBI off of Jake Peavy in the bottom of the 2nd inning that put the Tigers on the board.
It was a big situation right there to try to get something done,” Jackson said. ”I think after I’d seen a couple of pitches I was able to kind of just take some deep breaths and relax a little bit — and not worry so much about the result, just try to get a good pitch.”
Jackson had 18 postseason strikeouts going into this game so his patience at the plate for this at-bat was notable. He credits the line-up change or his ability to get back on track.
Austin Jackson can expect more time to relax and see extra pitches as he will bat 8th again in Game 5. AJax is a catalyst when he is going right and he can still positively affect a game from the bottom part of the order. The Tigers hopes are that Jackson getting back on track will help the Tigers get back to the World Series.