Originally posted on CBS Detroit:
DETROIT (97.1 The Ticket) It’s become a near blood sport to analyze Jim Leyland’s lineups on a daily basis. Where is Ryan Raburn hitting? Why is Ryan Raburn hitting SIXTH? Where is Brennan Boesch hitting? Why is Brennan Boesch hitting SECOND?
On Wednesday, as Wojo and I were getting ready to start our show, we noticed that the Tigers lineup against the Mariners did NOT include Andy Dirks. It turns out that Dirks was nursing a bad hamstring and Leyland didn’t want to take any chances on a cool night in Seattle. But that didn’t stop us from being irrational and reactionary.
I quickly went to Twitter and tried to start the #FreeDirks movement. This is a total rip off from San Francisco Giants fans who have tried to use the #FreeBelt movement to get young lefty Brandon Belt into the lineup every day. Don’t worry about the matchups. Don’t worry about the lefty-lefty matchup. Don’t even worry about position on the field. It doesn’t matter. When the lineup is posted from this point forward, Dirks should be in it. Every night.