Of course, many are going to question Leyland's decision to ever go to the bullpen in the first place when Doug Fister, returning from injury, needed only 73 pitches to make it through seven stellar innings. Even after deciding to go to the bullpen, Coke needed only eight pitches in the eighth, so Leyland may have jumped the gun again when he decided to go to Dotel. And then, ironically, Leyland may have been too slow in pulling Dotel in the ninth. That's baseball, and stuff.
No matter how you break down Leyland's decisions, though -- and I will in more detail -- the Tigers really need to find a way to pull these kind of games out. It's not too concerning yet here in early May, but 2009 shouldn't be too far out of painful memory banks to realize that these are the kind of games that could come back to haunt.