Here's the story. It's sad. The players who are supposed to provide the offensive punch haven't done it.
The midline players have done about as you might expect.
Note that Santiago's RBI count is only one behind Cabrera's. Ramon knocked Inge in twice in game 3, else there would be no game 5.
I'm not going to post stats for the hated Yankees. But I will note most of their guys are doing what is expected - except for Jorge Posada, who was on the bubble for making the post-season roster. He's hitting .400, has 4 walks to go with his 4 hits, and has scored 4 times.
We shouldn't have to rely on Delmon Young hitting the occasional HR. For the Tigers to win tonight, Cabrera has to put on his MVP shoes, and Martinez, Jackson and Avila need to show up with bats in their hands. And Fister has to be Fister, not that imposter we saw on Saturday.
According to The Detroit Sports Site, Mags is in Right tonight, and Don Kelly will start at 3rd Base. Betamit has worked himself out of the line up. Kelly would be 4 for 7, but one of Granderson's Burnett-bacon-savers came from Kelly's bat.