Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 7/31/12

Why would anyone pitch to Miguel Cabrera and Prince Fielder when they can face Delmon Young?

The Toronto Blue Jays and Boston Red Sox appear to be in front of the line of teams that would prefer to let Young, or Brennan Boesch or Jhonny Peralta, beat them instead of the two Detroit Tigers sluggers who form the most potent No. 3-4 lineup combo in baseball.

Twice in the last three games, Cabrera and/or Fielder seemed to have been pitched around -- before the seventh inning -- in an effort to take advantage of the punchless bottom five hitters in the Tigers' lineup.

On Saturday, the Blue Jays walked Cabrera and Fielder with one out in the sixth inning of a game they were leading 2-1 on their way to a 5-1 victory. The walks weren't intentional, but the result of Toronto apparently not wanting to give either player a pitch he could tie the game on.

Young flied out to right and Boesch to left to end the inning.

In Monday's game at Boston, Cabrera's RBI single up the middle tied the score 2-2 in the third inning and left runners at first and second with one out.

Clay Buchholz pitched very carefully to Fielder, keeping the ball either down or away, and lost him on a 3-2 pitch that loaded the bases.

Young reached out for a down-and-away breaking ball, fouled it off, then rolled over on a low fastball that turned into an inning-ending 6-4-3 double play. The goal there is to get something waist-high or better that can be put into the outfield for at least a sacrifice fly.

There was a stretch around the All-Star Game where Young was driving in runs and hitting with some authority. He's walked four times in five games, which might be a career first, after drawing a base on balls in the ninth inning.

Jim Leyland cautioned against thinking drastic changes are coming.

The manager said before the game he doesn't expect any more moves by the front office and that the patience that served the club well through much of July is going to be needed again.

"You have to remember what the alternatives are," he said. "You only have a certain amount of players.

"We had (Don) Kelly, (Ramon) Santiago, (Ryan) Raburn and (Gerald) Laird on the bench. Are they better than what was in the game? Against a left-handed pitcher, maybe.

"But you got what you got. Those are the guys that have got to do it for us. I believe they'll do it. It's been a little bit of Jekyll and Hyde with our hitting. We were swinging pretty good, then we went to Cleveland and Toronto and did not swing the bats exceptionally well."

It would appear teams are going to make the bottom of the Detroit lineup beat them -- until it does.

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