By: Holly Horning & Kurt Snyder
Saturday’s segment is a day to touch on as many issues as possible. Once again, readers have the opportunity to read and think about a wide variety of topics.
Take a look and see what our writers have on their minds this week; our final set of QC&C’s before the real fun begins.
Why do Detroit teams continue to get no respect? Despite finishing in last place 3 out of the past 4 years, analysts are picking Boston to win their division. The Tigers, despite multiple first place finishes and division titles, are picked by many to finish last again even though their history and big off-season additions would state otherwise.
If you believe that Ben Verlander actually earned that home run against his brother, Justin, then I have some swamp land to sell you in Arizona. JV also gave up home runs to both Derek Jeter and Alex Rodriguez for their farewell tour and 3,000th hit respectively. But isn’t it nice when your brother helps raise your profile with both your team and the media?
It was mentioned that for a while, the Tigers were trying to get Anibal Sanchez to tweak his delivery, but he refused. Now that Rich Dubee is the pitching coach, Sanchez made the change. Not only does this say good things about Dubee, but the new delivery puts much less stress on Anibal’s pitching arm.
Injuries have certainly affected the look, feel and confidence in a bullpen that we had hoped would include Alex Wilson, Blaine Hardy and Shane Greene on Opening Day. Hopefully, Logan Kensing, Kyle Ryan and Buck Farmer will demonstrate just how deep the Tigers’ bullpen depth is.
Who wants to make a wager? I am not a betting man, but if pressed, would bet a whole lot of money that Justin Upton will not be moved down in the lineup in Miami. The absence of VMart certainly calls for that adjustment. If I am manager, it’s what I do each and every time one of the “Big Three” (Miggy, VMart or JD) is not in the lineup.
So Kurt, what would your typical starting lineup for road interleague play look like? Well, thank you so much for asking! It would look like this: Iggy, Kinsler, Miggy, JD, Upton, Castellanos, McCann, Gose, Pitcher.