Game 25, Mariners At Tigers
Bedard vs Verlander, 4:05 pm.
File this under the “we won last night, so let’s not change what worked” strategy, but guess who is hitting clean-up again tonight? Yep, Miguel Olivo. Last night, you could justify it with an LHP on the mound, but against Justin Verlander? The guy is one of the best RHPs in the game, and Miguel Olivo’s career OBP against all RHPs is .267. Batting order doesn’t matter all that much, but really, there’s no reason for Olivo to hit fourth against a righty – he’s one of the worst hitters on the team when a southpaw isn’t on the mound.