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notapoet -- you know Detroit better than I do.

All I know is St. Louis.  And smallball was certainly the name of the game.  Thwarted Detroit's efforts to squelch the big play.

I saw many of Detroit's players as green and inexperienced, hence the errors.

Could be Leland was trying to play American League ball instead of National?

posted by Xeno-x on November 6, 2006 at 2:29 PM | link to this | reply

I hope you're right.
Even though my Tigers didn't win, I hope their youth will get them back for another chance.  In my estimation, LaRussa outmanaged Leyland.  He played small ball and attacked the weaknesses of the young Tiger pitching staff.  Rogers should have started game one and Bonderman should have started game two.  The way the Tiger rotation was set up Rogers could pitch twice only if the series went six games, and Bonderman would not have pitched again unless he came out of the bullpen.  Similarly, the young flame-throwing relievers were given precedence over more experienced arms.  An ex-NL manager should have known better.

posted by notapoet on November 4, 2006 at 9:41 PM | link to this | reply

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