Saturday, July 16, 2011

Leyland: Tired of Talking About Lineups

Really? Me too! Tired of HAVING to talk about how absurd yours are! Other than wondering if Miguel Cabrera will be hitting in the 3 hole like he should, or spending time at alcohol rehab treatment centers, I shouldn't have to scratch my head every single day when I look at the box score and the lineup card.

"I wrote down mine, and I think that’s my best lineup tonight," Leyland said. "That’s what I’m going to do. I’m not going to discuss guys not playing, who’s playing, why aren’t they playing. I’m not going to discuss that."

Leyland hears the second-guessing when he rests players, but he said it is an important part of keeping them fresh.

"If you see somebody that’s treading water, you’re making out the best lineup by not playing him that night," Leyland said. "Trust me when I tell you, because you’re putting somebody in there with energy that’s not tired, and it’s probably going to give you a better chance to win the game." More

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