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Game One Hundred Nineteen: Tigers 6, Indians 2 (10)

Box Score
Win Probability Added @ Fangraphs

Highest WPA:

Rafael Betancourt .260
Grady Sizemore .184
CC Sabathia .153

Lowest WPA:

Joe Borowski -.481
Josh Barfield -.209
Jhonny Peralta -.199

Let me start by saying that Rafael Perez should have been used in the top of the 10th instead of Borowski. Curtis Granderson is next to useless against left-handed pitching, and was only in the game due to injuries. With this two-game series taking place between two off days, there's no good reason not to use your best reliever in both those games if a reliever is needed. I don't really buy that Borowski somehow is a worse pitcher because he's in a non-save situation. If we're going to equate pitching in save situations as "clutch pitching," then wouldn't a tie game be even moreso a clutch pitching environment?

Curtis Granderson's eighth inning diving catch was probably the best defensive play by an outfielder I've seen this year. If he doesn't catch Hafner's line drive, the Indians score two runs and Borowski faces the bottom of the order in the ninth. Of course, the Indians had multiple opportunities to score late, including a golden opportunity in the bottom of the ninth, but three straight hitters failed to even put the ball in play after Chris Gomez's leadoff double. Scoring two runs against the Tigers usually means an easy loss: credit the pre-Borowski pitching for giving the team a realistic chance to win.

As for the lineup switch: I don't think this wasn't necessarily a strategic move than one of desperation, trying anything to jumpstart an anemic offense. If it works on a psychological level, fine. But beyond the psyche, I don't think it will make that much of a difference. I doubt Sizemore or Lofton will change their approach at the plate solely because of their lineup position. Any change in approach should have been taking place long before the change.

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