By: Kurt Snyder & Holly Horning
Saturday’s segment is a day to touch on as many issues as possible. With 87 (45-42) games behind us and the All-Star break approaching, readers have the opportunity to read and think about a number of different topics.
The Tigers continue to drag us through this “win some, lose some” kind of season. So as you can imagine, the frustration brings out plenty of questions, comments, concerns and yes, even some kudos.
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.
Well, it looks like the Tigers have a new ace. When a team is starving for a win, they lean on their best pitcher to end the madness. Michael Fulmer has had a masterful first half of the season, and when duty called on Wednesday in Cleveland, he shut the door on the Indians.
Kirk Gibson suggested it. Craig Monroe wondered why they didn’t do it. But did anyone ask Brad Thursday night after the Tigers 5-4 loss to the Blue Jays? Nope, we are all still muttering under our breath about why KRod wasn’t given an opportunity for a 4-out save, with the Tigers clinging to a 4-3 lead with 2 out in the 8th.
Ian Kinsler is having one of the best years of his career. Yet no one seems to realize it. He is far and away the Tigers’ MVP for the first half of the season. And if the Tigers are only going to have one representative on the All Star team, it sure as heck shouldn’t be Miggy; it should be Ian Kinsler, and it’s not even close.
Did Rajai Davis leave Detroit out of frustration? Despite Al Avila’s attempts to re-sign Davis, he left for essentially the same money, a year contract and another platoon position (before Michael Brantley was hurt) and now leads the AL in stolen bases with 22 for the first half. In 2015, he had a year total of 18 and was seen arguing with Brad twice in the dugout over wanting to be able to call his own steals, which resulted in his benching.
It seems this year has been filled with more questionable calls by umpires behind the plate and in the field than I can remember. The news is filled with both players and managers getting thrown out of games – some even before they can argue. And the Nats have now taken this frustration to a new level when their GM went searching for the umpires after Thursday night’s game, got into an argument with one and had to be separated physically by security.
Stephen Moya’s outfield defense has deflected a lot of the attention away from Justin Upton’s very questionable work in left field. Stopping short of fly balls that allow them to fall in, misplaying balls that zoom past him and now 3 situations where he’s interfered in Cameron Maybin’s territory allowing balls to drop in and runners to advance extra bases. After the last one this week, Maybin lost his usually sunny disposition and was seen glaring at Upton and saying something not-so-nice to him.