Yesterday I had the pleasure of watching the Tiger’s improve their strong Spring training record
to 10-1 on the MLB network. But was saddened to hear of Austin Jackson’s TEN WHIFFS IN JUST
23 AT BATS! And so his new approach of a shorter stroke ect. is not working! C’mon TIGERS, you
just gotta’ end this kid’s misery. HE IS SIMPLY NOT A LEADOFF HITTER! Of all the talent the Tiger’s
do have of what we see, DIRKS might just be the answer. He’s a lefty who flies down that line. At
least he gives the batting order a whole new look. Leyland could DH him or against right handed
pitchers and have him play in left against southpaws.

The expirement of Inge at second is not going too well for Brandan. His 6 for 25 for a .240 BA isn’t
too bad, especially for him, but pales a bit when compared to his opposition of Rayburn’s FOUR H.R.’s
and 14 RBI’s in just 17 AB’s AND Santiago’s 7-21 and a .333 BA! Could this be Goodbye for Inge??

In yesterday’s shutout victory all of the pitchers looked good. The Tiger’s pitching depth never fails to
amaze me. Porcello started and took his 2nd Florida victory to the bank, but, the the three men who
followed him, Marte, Dotel and Villarreal, turned my head which meant: FOLKS THE TIGERS ARE DEEP
OUT ON THE MOUND. I don’t know about you, but, VILLARREAL is the real deal. Where can Leyland
put all these guys? A fact that should not be overlooked by their opposition is as follows: in accumu-
lating this outstanding 10-1 record THE TIGERS HAVE HARDLY EVER TRAILED ON THE SCOREBOARD!!
Now there’s something that you can take to the woodshed. And, Folks, it’s all about their pitching. It
certainly a nice problem that Jim Leyland has down there in the Sunshine State.

In the Fifth Starter Sweepstakes, my pick of TODD SMYLY still stands, although a bit shakey. He’s
on the mound today…so we shall see.

filed by bobby hoeft on 3-17-12


Everyone in the world of TIGER FANS know by now the futile struggles of Austin Jackson and his
inner & outer fight to bat in the leadoff spot. What if, he could learn how to bunt?? With his speed
he could easily manage just THREE BUNTED SINGLES PER MONTH to his line score. Last season his
line looked like this:
.249 batting average…591 at bat….147 hits…..181 srike outs!
by adding three hits per month his 2012 totals would look like this:
591 at bat….162 hits….163 strike outs…..and a .274 respectable BATTING AVERAGE.!!!

591 times at bat averages 100 per month which means Jackson only needs to average an extra bunt
single every 33 times to the plate!! No wonder JIM LEYLAND and the hitting coach has been on his
tail to bunt for a hit more often. With his speed he would have the opposing infielders doing cart-
wheels trying to stop him. The sky would be the limit!

Now, think of what it would do to the Tiger’s RUNS SCORED totals….It would give Boesch, Cabrera and
Fielder EIGHTEEN more chances to drive him in. That translates into more runs scored and more wins
for the guys wearing the Engtlish “D”!!

As of this writing the Tigers are 6-0 in Spring Training. It doesn’t mean all that much unless you’re watching the runs scored against the Tiger’s pitching, which has been: 1-0-2-3-2 & 1 or just NINE
RUNS SCORED against them in 6 games! Do the arithmetic, 6 divided by 9 = 1.5 runs scored against
the Tigers young and talented pitching staff PER GAME! No wonder Leyland is sleeping so well.

By the way….PRINCE FIELDER looks great in a Tiger uniform.

posted by bobby hoeft on 3-8-12…GO TIGERS!