DETROIT — Toting his tiny aluminum bat, 5-year-old Gage Brookens wandered toward the cage and watched Austin Jackson, Omar Infante and a few other Tigers take batting practice on a chilly afternoon at Comerica Park.
Maybe that’s what these slumping Detroit hitters need in this World Series. Metal bats, rather than their weak wood.
“Oh, I don’t know if they’d allow that,” kidded Gage’s grandpop, Tigers first base coach Tom Brookens. “But the hitters definitely wouldn’t mind.”
Something better change for Triple Crown winner Miguel Cabrera, Prince Fielder and the Tigers real soon or their year is going to end real shortly. They totaled only three runs and 10 hits in San Francisco.
Game 3 is tonight, with Anibal Sanchez starting for Detroit against Ryan Vogelsong.
The Tigers are hoping that a switch in scenery — the ivy hanging on the center-field backdrop at Comerica has turned to autumn colors since the AL championship series — and a flip in pitchers might help.
Throttled by left-handed starters Barry Zito and Madison Bumgarner at AT&T Park, the Tigers are eager to see a right-hander. Any right-hander, in fact: Detroit batted .275 against righties, .253 vs. lefties.