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Will Leyland use Verlander if Porcello gets knocked out?

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I'm hoping for the best, but if Porcello struggles will Leyland use Verlander for a few innings? I know Jackson would start the first game against the Yankees and Verlander would go in Game two, but is this possible?

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I think you might see Robertson in that case. But if Porcello gets knocked out of the game, I think most hopes would be over and it wouldn't matter? Maybe Bonderman? :classic:

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That would be old school. I doubt you'd see it, but if it goes to the 10th inning it might be a good play.

I don't think you'd see Verlander before the 12th or 13th inning.

Didn't Leyland use Kenny Rogers on the final Sunday in 2006, knocking the playoff rotation out of order a bit?

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That would be old school. I doubt you'd see it, but if it goes to the 10th inning it might be a good play.
I don't think you'd see Verlander before the 12th or 13th inning.

Didn't Leyland use Kenny Rogers on the final Sunday in 2006, knocking the playoff rotation out of order a bit?

There is NO WAY I could handle extra innings in a winner-take-all, one game, division deciding game. Just no freaking way! :classic:

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As Peter Gammons suggested, perhaps in a tie game late, Leyland could put JV in until the Tigers get the lead and then JV could be the only 20 game winner!!! :-D

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Do Tuesday's stats count as regular season stats?

To the original question, I don't think Porcello will struggle. I predict 7 sharp innings followed by an inning each from Lyon and Rodney to close out a 7-2 Tigers victory.

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They didn't start him on 3 days rest, I doubt they'd bring him in unless it's a real emergency (i.e. lots of extra innings)

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Do Tuesday's stats count as regular season stats?

To the original question, I don't think Porcello will struggle. I predict 7 sharp innings followed by an inning each from Lyon and Rodney to close out a 7-2 Tigers victory.

Yes, the stats count as regular season stats.

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The only way I could see him in the game is if Rodney blows up in the 9th (does a repeat of 08 in TB or 09 in Chicago) with the Tigers ahead.

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Verlander is the only untouchable in the pen. One game is not worth risking the next 5-7 years.

There's no way that pitching an inning today would screw Verlander up for the next 5-7 years. But it would likely screw him up for Friday's start, and that's why he won't be used except late, late, extra-innings late in an emergency.

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