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Detroit's obstacle course

Updated: October 10, 2011, 10:28 AM ET
By Buster Olney

Magglio Ordonez's actual impact is not as great as his résumé at this stage in his career; he has a bigger name than OPS. But he's the third outfielder the Tigers have lost in the last five weeks, following Brennan Boesch and Delmon Young, and Jim Leyland already was having difficulty with the depth in his lineup.

In Game 1 of the Tigers-Rangers series Monday, Leyland's 6-7-8-9 hitters were Alex Avila, Jhonny Peralta, Ramon Santiago and Brandon Inge. Avila is 1-for-20 with nine strikeouts in the postseason; he is a grinder, but, like a lot of catchers, he might simply be beat-up at the end of a long year. Peralta struggled through September and is 5-for-22 in the postseason. Santiago is a valued extra player but doesn't represent a threat; he had five homers in 258 at-bats this season. Inge hit .197 with three homers in 269 at-bats in the regular season, which is why Leyland elected to have Wilson Betemit pinch hit for him Saturday.

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