I mostly agree with the roster, though I do wonder if the roster isn't quite in tune. The argument for bringing Smyly along -- Detroit has four right-handed starters -- resonates well. However, based on his appearances this season in relief -- generally in the fifth or sixth inning, with runs given up in several of the shorter appearances -- Smyly seems like he would be most successful if only used in long relief, which gives Detroit two long options in a five-game series when you include Rick Porcello.
In addition to that, Ramon Santiago and Danny Worth would appear to be redundant, and it's hard to picture a game they are both needed at the same time. Even as defensive replacements, the pair should really only replace Jhonny Peralta. This was likely a bit of insurance against in-game injuries, though Don Kelly's ability to play anywhere should soften that blow.
I would have liked to see a pitcher such as Darin Downs brought along as added one-out relief insurance in late or extra innings. Once Coke is burned up, the Tigers would have to ask Smyly to pitch in a role he hasn't, or they'll be forced to go with right-handers.
Anyway, I suppose those are small quibbles. For the most part, the Tigers need their stars to shine and some of the players lower in their lineup to be productive.
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