QUESTIONS, COMMENTS AND CONCERNS

By:  Kurt Snyder & Holly Horning

Saturday’s segment is a day to touch on as many issues as possible. With 74 (38-36) games behind us, readers have the opportunity to read and think about a number of different topics.

Kurt and Holly don’t share and it’s only for the readers’ benefit. It almost always translates into a wide array of thoughts. Suspect nothing different today.


KURT

CONCERN

Stephen Moya has gotten the opportunity to do 2 things. He has the chance to show the Tigers how much of a threat he is at the plate. And he has the taken the opportunity to show how much of a liability he can be defensively; inconsistent is a word I guess you could use, as he has made some good plays too, but the poor plays have come at the worst times.

CONCERN

When a guy like Noah Syndergaard comes out and claims that his workload is the cause of his tender elbow, it gives you great pause. It will be real interesting to watch how the Tigers handle Michael Fulmer, as fatigue was obviously in play this week in one of his weakest performances of the season. He’s emerged as a mainstay in the rotation, but in order to remain that way, the Tigers must be really careful with him.

COMMENT

Brad impressed this week with how he managed Fulmer’s struggles. He was ready with the quick hook in the 5th inning, acknowledging his pitcher was fighting his command right away in the first inning. He mentioned after the game that they were on “high alert” from the first inning on, when things were obviously not right with him; and Ryan made the decision to pull Fulmer look even better by coming in and slamming the door with the bases loaded.


HOLLY

QUESTION

How inconsistent will this outfield be now that JD is on the DL? While Moya has shown improvement and made some great catches, he’s still learning. Romine and Aviles are getting more playing time and Upton has proven to be very inconsistent with a week showing a great catch, another in which Maybin had to guide him and multiple examples where he pulled up short, allowing the ball to drop in.

COMMENT

I’m always hoping that a good series is an indicator of more consistent play and not of “consistent inconsistencies.” This week was a good one with the Tigers able to win in multiple ways; pulling out victories in the late innings and having different players every day contribute to the win. Seeing some growth in Brad as the manager who made some decisions outside the box, improved in his strategies and overall managed very well this week.

CONCERN

Despite having his first injury/surgical-free year in a couple of years, VMart’s knees have noticeably declined. Instances where they have buckled after an at-bat, difficulty leaving the plate to run, and pain that requires treatment and a day off after simple baserunning. I hope the Tigers have a plan they can implement taking this into account because it unfortunately appears to not be a matter of “if” Victor goes on the DL, it’s probably more about “when” it occurs.

6 thoughts on “QUESTIONS, COMMENTS AND CONCERNS

  1. Comment: Miggy is not playing up to his capabilities. Going 0-5 Thurs. & again last night (freaky play in the 9th acknowledged) concerns me. He’s not clutch. He’s distracted. Holly said “Miggy needs managing”. She’s right. Question: Is this difficult to do with a player of his caliber?

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      • Holly, Miggy aand V-Mart seem to get passes but what about players like Anthony Gose who refused to take instruction? I am assuming this was how he was with Toronto so why would he not be told this is what you’re doing or it’s the bench? If it is really how things were with him all along then it is not just a Tigers issue?

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  2. This Squad simply is not capable of more than 500 this season. Miggy’s clowning and decline. VM’s knees. Ausmus learning curve. Entire pitching staff all over the map. JD’s injury. We cannot “wish” this team into 1st. Question, what does Management and Mr. I do if anything? Holly and Kurt, return serve…”Ball is in YOUR court!” 🤔

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  3. When JD returns, I would keep Moya up, and rotate the four outfielders and VMart around the three outfield positions and DH, giving VMart as much time off as possible and resting Maybin as he inevitably comes back to earth. There is no shortage of underperforming pitchers we can dispense with to make room.

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