QUESTIONS, COMMENTS AND CONCERNS

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?


KURT

QUESTION

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.

COMMENT

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.

QUESTION

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.


HOLLY

QUESTION

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.

COMMENT

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.

CONCERN

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.

13 thoughts on “QUESTIONS, COMMENTS AND CONCERNS

  1. Inconsistent timely hitting, washed up closer and starter, putrefying base running and managerial excuses for game management gaffs. At this rate, without change, I see a .500 ball club, with a top market payroll. Something’s gonna give.

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  2. After hearing the “we’re a better team than that”, I wondered how long it would take for others to believe if this was Ausmus’s way of deflecting blame. Who are the managerial candidates out there that make sense, should Avila and Mr. Illitch decide to make a change? The dilemma facing the team the last two years appears to be the same one the team is facing today.

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  3. Nick just used the “that’s baseball” comment twice in one interview. We need to look at Brad being in his third year, not three weeks into the season. He is not a Field General, more of an aide-de-camp. I see no leadership or fire in his belly. Just meek rationales after the loses as to why they lost. The pattern from last year has not been broken.

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    • Another pattern from last year that has not been broken is sending starting pitchers out to face the opposing lineup a third or fourth time through. I had hoped that this year’s deeper and better bullpen would permit us to avoid that, but no dice.

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  4. After following the Tigers in person during the grapefruit season, and now a little over a dozen season games, it is readily apparent AGAIN that there is something drastically wrong with the club. Oh sure, injuries and questionable talent have surfaced. I said a Royals sweep would lead the Tigers to .500 at best at AS break. We barely got one. Keep an eye on that dugout.

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    • drastically wrong = BA. Why can’t he see that the leader in K’s is batting #2 hole? Should this spot be for a contact / singles hitter (Iggy!).

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  5. The Tigers have 5 former managers in the organization that could step in and replace Ausmus, at least on an interim basis. This includes the man they were going to hire before Brad “wowed” Dombrowski in his interviews. Which, upon close analysis, best fits the current needs of this club? Sounds like column fodder for two astute bloggers.

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  6. Anyone but BA – that should be the cry from all Tiger fans! Tigers need a guy that knows the game and has the fire in the belly to get the most out of his players offensively and defensively – a Buck Showalter type of leader. The basic mistakes keep showing up every game. Hope they finish over .500.

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  7. I agree with Kurt’s comment concerning Pelfrey, but would add the starters’s inability to go deeper into games is an alarming trend. I am also concerned that there will be an inclination to keep Pelfrey or other starters in the rotation far too long simply because they are overpaid.

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  8. Salty needs to be playing more than McCaan because there’s more starting RHP in MLB and the difference between McCann’s .606 OPS against RHP compared to Salty’s .780 is just too big. Salty provides the Tigers a left-handed bat they badly need. His career OPS vs RHP is higher than both JD and Kinsler and only behind Victor and Miggy.

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  9. Today I heard Jim Price say the Tigers appear “Discombobulated”. Couple that with Brad’s post-game interview in the clubhouse which did not do the Tigers proud and I would think things are headed south in a fast way. I would hope he just quits.

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  10. The Tigs are a typical .500 team – some hot streak, some cold streaks. They are better than the team that finished ’15, but not as good as the team that started ’15; compare the two early rosters. This year better BP, worse SP, Reg 9= w/Salty>Avila, Upton<<Cespedes, same coaches except Dubee. Avila may turn out to be a good GM. IMO the problem is the owner.

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