Found October 18, 2013 on Midwest Sports Fans:
In the 2013 Major League Baseball playoffs, runs have been hard to come by at times. What I have noticed is that managers are choosing not to change their strategy and they continue to play status quo ball. They are sticking with trying for the long ball and not extending counts on pitchers often enough. Hitters are popping up or hitting into numerous double play balls. Bunts, walks, hit and runs and stolen bases have almost completely disappeared from this year’s postseason. The best teams in baseball should be able to adapt and manufacture runs when necessary. It’s as if baseball has lost its way and players can’t seem to get beyond their egos. Players are not remembering a golden rule of baseball: that a walk is as good as a hit. It seems like they all want to be the hero. Strikeouts are on the rise because of that mentality. During his recent hitting struggles, I can’t even count how many times I thought Austin Jackson of the Detroit Tigers should have tried to bunt to get on ba...

VIDEO: Austin Jackson got bedtime text message about demotion

Whether or not the Detroit Tigers' bats woke up Wednesday night because manager Jim Leyland sent his hitters to the plate in a different order is debatable, but the move apparently jolted outfielder Austin Jackson out of his slumber in more ways than one. Jackson said he woke up to the news that he was bumped from his familiar leadoff spot to batting eighth in Game 4 against...

Game 2013. Playoffs 10: Red Sox at Tigers

First game of a 3-game series. “My favorite pastime is definitely baseball. We have a star-studded team & it’s going to be fun tonight” Thank you Calvin (or is it Johnson?). I couldn’t have said it better myself. It was a small thing really: take one guy from the front of the lineup, move him to the back, move everyone else up one. Could it really make that big of a difference...

Jackson, Tigers top BoSox in Game 4

A revitalized Austin Jackson delivered in manager Jim Leyland's revamped lineup as the Detroit Tigers built a big lead and held on this time, beating the Boston Red Sox 7-3 Wednesday night to even the AL championship series 2-2. Torii Hunter had a two-run double and Miguel Cabrera drove in two runs after Leyland dropped the slumping Jackson to eighth in the order and moved almost...

Tigers beat Red Sox to tie ALCS at 2

Detroit’s revamped lineup Wednesday resulted in early offense for the Tigers, who tied the American League Championship Series with a 7-3 win over the Boston Red Sox. Torii Hunter had a two-run double and Miguel Cabrera drove in two runs after manager Jim Leyland moved Austin Jackson out of the lineup’s top spot and moved him to eighth in 

Red Sox-Tigers Live: Tigers Shuffle Lineup for Game 4 of ALCS in Detroit

6:34 p.m.: While the Red Sox’ lineup is fairly straightforward, the Tigers have moved some pieces around for Game 4. Torii Hunter will slide up into the leadoff spot and replace the struggling Austin Jackson. Jackson has been bumped down to eighth in the lineup. Jackson is hitting a paltry .091 (3-for-33) with 18 strikeouts this postseason, and has never been much a playoff performer...

Xander Bogaerts 'being considered' for start in Game 5

In an attempt to awaken the Tigers' dormant offense manager Jim Leyland dropped leadoff hitter Austin Jackson to the No. 8 spot in the order for Game 4 here Wednesday night. It worked. Jackson reached base three times and drove in two runs in an ALCS-squaring 7-3 victory. It's your move John Farrell. The Red Sox have scored a total of 10 runs in the series' four games...

ALCS Game 5: Teams Seek Edge With Series Tied

Detroit Tigers manager Jim Leyland  juggled his lineup for game four Wednesday night at Comerica Park and it produced immediate results. The Tigers slumping bats came alive and helped then to tie the American League Championship Series at two games a piece with a, 7-3, win. The Tigers new lineup didn’t automatically mean they would score runs but it did increase their probability...

Leyland: 'We had to do something'

By DANA DETROIT -- As Tigers manager Jim Leyland said, "We had to do something." That something was moving Austin Jackson out of the leadoff spot to eighth in the lineup for Game 4 of the American League Championship Series on Wednesday. "I think I"m actually doing Austin Jackson a favor," Leyland said. "I think he's...
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