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  1. Being a Tigers fan, I get to see them almost everyday and Leyland is not one to move his stars around, at least the superstars. Cabrera will not bat 4 with Fielder 3.

    3-4-5 will be Cabrera-Fielder-Martinez and it’s likely that Hunter and Dirks will rotate from 2-6 depending on the opposing starter in the same way that Swisher and Granderson did for the Yankees and how Infante and Dirks did last year for the Tigers.

    Cabrera won a triple-crown hitting 3rd, it’s not going to change in 2013, trust me.

    Comment by supgreg — November 14, 2012 @ 4:13 pm

  2. Cabrera will bat third, Fielder fourth. That’s not up for discussion. Leyland pencils those two in (161 of 162 plus all of the postseason- Cabrera was injured one game), then builds the rest of the lineup.

    Comment by Tak — November 14, 2012 @ 7:18 pm

  3. Nice analysis . This is a “right now” move & costs only money. Garcia & Castellanos will be in corners in 2014.
    Still need a closer & a reliable 4th starter

    Comment by J A Klarr — November 14, 2012 @ 8:22 pm

  4. That depends on if we can sign Sanchez for the reliable starter…. jury still out. Yet if Scherzer can perform even at a slightly lower level than what he did last year, you still have 2 top pitchers and one elite pitcher who happens to be the best in the game, baseball writers choosing Price be damned.

    Garcia and Castellanos are unknowns. Neither are very disciplined on defense. The latter was just converted to an outfielder this year, so no clue how that experiment can hold up. If he can only hit average or sub average, we already have one who does that with no defense: his name is Brennan Boesch.

    Comment by Kevin — November 14, 2012 @ 9:53 pm

  5. How do you know his performance post-June 8th was because of the change in his swing and not just good luck? His pre-June 8th babip is way closer to his career average and he wasn’t doing so hot with that.

    It would make sense that a shorter swing could lead to a higher batting average (with less power) but how do you separate the skill from the results in a small sample? It could very well be a skill change, but it doesn’t match anything he’s done before so it could just be an aberration.

    Comment by OlSalty — November 14, 2012 @ 11:40 pm

  6. I think he started hitting better when he batted ahead of Pujols, Trumbo and Morales!

    Comment by Silverman — November 15, 2012 @ 7:01 pm

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