Rick Osentoski-US PRESSWIRE - Presswire
Brennan Boesch is out, and Danny Worth and Drew Smyly are in, as the Tigers announced their ALDS roster this morning.
The Tigers announced their ALDS roster: Danny Worth made the cut as the final outfielder, while Brennan Boesch was left off the list. Drew Smyly also made the roster in the Tigers' bullpen, while Brayan Villarreal and Darin Downs were left off.
Here's the complete roster:
1. Justin Verlander, RH
2. Doug Fister, RH
3. Anibal Sanchez, RH
4. Max Scherzer, RH
5. Jose Valverde, RH, closer
6. Joaquin Benoit, RH, setup
7. Octavio Dotel, RH, 7th inning
8. Al Alburquerque, RH, 7th inning
9. Phil Coke, LH, wherever
10. Drew Smyly, LH, wherever
11. Rick Porcello, RH, wherever
Position players (14)
Starters (not necessarily the batting order every game, as Oakland's starters vary by hand)
1. Austin Jackson, RH, CF
2. Omar Infante, RH, 2B
3. Miguel Cabrera, RH, 3B
4. Prince Fielder, LH, 1B
5. Delmon Young, RH, DH
6. Andy Dirks, LH, RF
7. Jhonny Peralta, RH, SS
8. Alex Avila, LH, C
9. Quintin Berry, LH, LF
10. Gerald Laird, RH, C
11. Avisail Garcia, RH, OF
12. Ramon Santiago, S, UT INF
13. Danny Worth, RH, UT INF
14. Don Kelly, LH, UT, OF
The Tigers also listed on the roster as disabled-list members Daniel Schlereth, Victor Martinez and Ryan Raburn, if you're keeping track.
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.
What do you think of the roster?