"Well, I think sometimes they are so focused on throwing the ball at that little area behind the plate that when you ask them to do something different it's a totally mind-confusing thing for them," manager Jim Leyland said. "I don't think there's any question about that."
For the Tigers, it brings back the painful memories of five errors by Detroit pitchers in the 2006 World Series. There's an advantage for hitters who are fast runners that can lay down a decent bunt and force a throw from a pitcher.
"We work every day in Spring Training, talking about bringing the ball in, boom, throw it to first base," Leyland said. "If you watch a ground ball to the pitcher tonight that's to his left one step, he's going to run over and flip it underhand to the first baseman. So it shows you they're just not comfortable doing these things."
Jason Beck is a reporter for MLB.com. Read Beck's Blog and follow him on Twitter @beckjason. Bobby Nightengale is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.