Originally Posted by SouthStndJunkie
The Tigers brought in Joaquin Benoit for the 9th inning today to close out the game and he gave up the game tying home run to Billy Butler.
That surprised me....they've gone with Jose Valverde all season....and he pitched an easy 9th inning for the save last night.
That dude makes my butthole clench every time they trot him out....but I was surprised they didn't bring him in to close out the game today.
So was I, but as I alluded to, I guess I can kinda see why they did it..
Of course, if it hadn't worked, I'd probably be criticizing Leyland for second guessing himself, too, so there's that.
Question for you: If the Tigers make the postseason, is there a leash for Leyland next year? Or does making the playoffs after a poor first half absolve him? Personally, even if they make the playoffs, to me it's World Series next year or Leyland's gone. If they miss the playoffs, I think it's time to say goodbye. What do you think?