DETROIT TIGER FANS!
For full access to all our areas, please register (free), there are areas that do not show up until you register and log-in.

DETROIT TIGER FANS!

A place for Detroit Tiger Fans to come together for a bit of fun
 
HomeHome  CalendarCalendar  FAQFAQ  SearchSearch  RegisterRegister  MemberlistMemberlist  UsergroupsUsergroups  Log inLog in  
Please log in and join in the fun of game day threads (GDT) and in overall Tigers chat.
CONGRATS TO CABRERA AND HUNTER on winning 2013 Silver Slugger Awards!
DETROIT TIGERS - 2011, 2012 & 2013 AL CENTRAL DIVISION CHAMPS!

Share | 
 

 Lesser-known relievers not so to Leyland

View previous topic View next topic Go down 
AuthorMessage
GoGetEmTigers
DTF1 ADMINISTRATOR Detroit Tiger
DTF1 ADMINISTRATOR Detroit Tiger
avatar

Female
Number of posts : 57424
Age : 58
Location : Eastern Ohio, near Wheeling WV
Favorite Current Tiger(s) : JV, Hunter, Jackson, Porcello, Avila (really ALL of em!)
Reputation : 20
Registration date : 2007-10-05

PostSubject: Lesser-known relievers not so to Leyland   Mon Mar 26, 2012 12:08 am

Lesser-known relievers not so to Leyland
By Jason Beck and Paul Hagen / MLB.com | 03/25/12 5:45 PM ET

TAMPA, Fla. -- While Tigers manager Jim Leyland has fielded questions almost daily about his fifth-starter competition, he argued Sunday that he's more worried about his bullpen opening. It's not just about finding an able arm, he said, but finding the right fit for the rest of his relief corps.

It's deceptively difficult, Leyland suggested, and it doesn't always involve the most obvious pitcher.

"I'm a big bullpen guy," Leyland said. The makeup of your bullpen, how it looks and [setting up] different looks and all that stuff is very important. If you look at 2006 -- [Joel] Zumaya, [Fernando] Rodney and Todd Jones -- they got most of the credit, and rightfully so. But if you remember that year, Jason Grilli was a huge pitcher for us that year. He saved our bullpen on several occasions -- not only saved the bullpen, but he held the other team to one run in three innings or something, and we came back and won games.

"That's so much more important than people think it is. Everybody seems to be making a huge deal out of this other stuff, but to me, that is a huge piece of this club."

Leyland's two primary right-handed relief candidates were pitching in the game he was watching on Sunday against the Yankees. Brayan Villarreal and Luis Marte both pitched shutout innings. Villarreal hit two batters and walked another, but he also induced a double-play grounder.

"Villarreal was kind of rushing, champing at the bit, throwing hard but not as accurate today," Leyland said. "And Marte was mixing pitches and throwing with a little bit more pitchability."

Jason Beck is a reporter for MLB.com. Read Beck's Blog and follow him on Twitter @beckjason. Paul Hagen is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.


“It takes pitching, hitting and defense. Any two can win. All three make you unbeatable.”    
–Joe Garagiola
Back to top Go down
View user profile http://alwaysatiger.forumotion.com
 
Lesser-known relievers not so to Leyland
View previous topic View next topic Back to top 
Page 1 of 1
 Similar topics
-
» Any Leyland bus experts?
» Engine Identity (or should that be "Identity Fraud?")
» BENDIGO RESULTS
» Rotodip Hole Cover Plate
» 1964 Commer Autosleeper

Permissions in this forum:You cannot reply to topics in this forum
DETROIT TIGER FANS! :: Archives :: Past Seasons News :: 2012 :: 2012 SPRING TRAINING NEWS-
Jump to: