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October 9, 2013

Playoff Prospectus

ALDS Game Four Recap: Tigers 8, A's 6

by Sam Miller


Guess the MLB.com headline!

  • A-Jax, Max Help Send ALDS Back For Final Act
  • Max Effort, Max Results In Tigers Stunner
  • A’s Held Down By Tigers’ Maximum Security
  • Odd Series Gets Even, As Scherzer Has A’s Number
  • ALDS Goin’, Goin’, Back, Back To Cali

The hardest part of managing in the playoffs has to be trying to figure out exactly how good the ace starter is going to be as a reliever. Clearly, Max Scherzer is a better pitcher than Drew Smyly or Joaquin Benoit. But is he a better pitcher in relief, having come out of the pen just once since 2008? Is he a better pitcher on short rest, even if he’s only asked to throw a couple dozen pitches? If he is a better pitcher in relief, and he is a better pitcher on short rest, how much better is he? Good enough to stay in even after putting on five of the first eight batters?

With the bases loaded, nobody out, a pair of left-handed batters coming up and a one-run game in the eighth, Jim Leyland stuck with his reliever, Max Scherzer. It was an aggressive move (or non-move), but it wasn’t universally praised:


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