By: Kurt Snyder & Holly Horning
Saturday’s segment is a day to touch on as many issues as possible. With 15 games behind us, readers have the opportunity to read and think about a number of different topics.
Take a look and see what our writers have on their minds after more than 2 weeks of regular season play. Saturdays are no different as our writers don’t see the other’s topics prior to being published. Are they channeling the same thoughts?
Will we have ourselves a catching controversy when James McCann is ready to return to action? I would hope not. Salty has provided the Tigers what they asked for; the ability to back up the catching position with a powerful left handed bat, and he has delivered when they have needed him most.
Mike Pelfrey, in the early going, has performed like most thought he would; he has struggled. So far, he is a starter that no one, outside of the opponent, wants to see on the mound. As a starter signed for 2 years and $16 million, he’s the one pitching acquisition who has the most to prove going forward.
What lurks in the shadows of the Tiger bullpen that casts a horrible spell on previously successful closers? KRod, considered a solid acquisition to close games for Detroit, has not been effective. He’s not happy and neither are we.
After an article on how Drew Verhagen took it upon himself to solve his back problems, are the Tigers doing their homework when it comes to the health of their players? VerHagen, once deemed to be a starter, was transitioned to the reliever role because of back problems dating to late 2013. VerHagen took it upon himself to find a solution and then independently hired a training and conditioning sports specialist who has returned him to his former form.
We may finally have confirmation of some sort surrounding the 2013 rumors about Prince, Miggy’s injury and the trade of Avisail Garcia. In an interview, Prince Fielder was asked how he likes the Rangers team. To paraphrase him, he commented that he had yet to get in a clubhouse fight, so everything was good.
First, it was the “That’s baseball” quote followed by last year’s “We’re a better team than that.” But that phrase has reared its ugly head again as an excuse for bad game performance. Excuses don’t win ballgames – accountability, motivation and a concerted effort by the entire team does.