Manager Don Wakamatsu mentioned in the pre-game that Jack Wilson's hamstring was probably going to prevent him from playing in this series with Detroit. With seven pitchers in the pen and Jack Wilson lounging around, we are left with a three man bench. Tonight, that consisted of Michael Saunders, Mike Sweeney and Kenji Johjima. Notice a problem? I mean, beyond the usual? We do not have anything resembling a middle infield or third base option.
That can come into play in case of injury to our starting 2B, SS or 3B, but it also prevents any sort of pinch hitting from occurring over those three as well. Hopefully, Jack Wilson is actually useful during this series, in case of emergency, but hey, just another reason I typically hate 12-man pitching staffs.