By: Kurt Snyder & Holly Horning
Saturday’s segment is a day to touch on as many issues as possible. With 96 (50-46) 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.
From the department of giving credit where credit is due, it’s time to throw Anibal Sanchez a bone. It’s become an assumption this season that a Sanchez start equals a Tiger loss; it’s gotten that bad. But Anibal made us all take notice with an impressive performance including 10 strikeouts his last time out; a major boost for his confidence; don’t give up on him yet.
I hate to make too much of a rumor before the trade deadline, but if there is any truth to the Royals getting ready to sell off talent, it says a lot about their organization. They recognize the market they have to compete with and that their window is small. Championship mission accomplished, now go build another winner. Tigers should take note.
If you still haven’t decided whether the Prince Fielder-Ian Kinsler trade was one of the best or maybe even the best ever made by the Tigers, well it’s just about sewn up. With Prince heading for more surgery on his neck, his career is certainly in doubt. Fielder was an ironman in durability when he came to the Tigers, but when he left, things fell apart for him; while Kinsler continues to be a model of offensive and defensive stability in Detroit.
The national media continues its discussion about how questionable Ausmus’ handling is of his starting rotation and bullpen. And if you need visible proof, it was seen in JV the other night when Ausmus came to pull him and Justin squared up his body into “fight mode” and threw out some f-bombs at his manager. But this is not the first time it’s happened between the two as their arguments can be traced all the way back to Brad’s first year.
Hats off to JV, Sanchez and Pelfrey (and no surprise, Fulmer) this week who all showed they can step it up and pitch really well. It gives us hope that the starting rotation can hold it together when injuries and rookie shutdowns happen. The only thing missing concerns the issues about pulling them at the right time while they are still in a position to win.
I was watching video of JD working out and wondered who the morbidly obese guy – who easily weighed at least 300 lbs. and had a BMI off the charts – was next to him. My jaw hit the floor when I found out it was the assistant trainer, of all people, and a guy who moved with great difficulty due to his girth. I mean, seriously, is this a joke?