By: Kurt Snyder & Holly Horning
Saturday’s segment is a day to touch on as many issues as possible. With 122 (64-58) 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.
According to our manager, Miggy felt more pain in his arm when he swings and misses and not as much when he makes contact. Anyone concerned about that? It kind of reminds you of the old joke, which might go like this in this case; Doc, it only hurts when I swing and miss and the doctor says, Well, don’t do that.
This is a critical series with the Red Sox. It’s the equivalent of playing Cleveland, as every game we lose to them pushes us further away from a playoff spot; too bad that we have to point that out. Unfortunately you have to hear about the urgency on this site instead of from the Tiger clubhouse; I guess it’s just another series on the schedule to Brad and the boys.
It’s really a shame that every single year, injuries suck the life out of Tiger teams that have so many expectations; so much promise. On this site, Holly has led several discussions on our training staff and how we train and handle injuries. Again, why are we alone in a cocoon on this topic? It scares me that the Tigers may not be recognizing any kind of problem.
Is being popular a priority over getting to the playoffs? Despite the ongoing saga of innings limits for Michael Fulmer, Ausmus allowed him to pitch a complete game despite a 7-0 lead. Afterwards, Brad admitted he did it in part because Fulmer had a large number of friends and family in attendance.
Three starts ago, Brad came to pull JV from the mound and it turned into an epic, obscenity-laced confrontation from JV – a battle JV won. Ever since then, Ausmus has hesitated in removing him from games. During the last start, JV was allowed to load the bases with no outs despite signs of tiring and giving up a HR in the previous inning that put the opponents ahead. A game that had a 1-run separation and technically winnable but became a 6-1 loss.
Brad Ausmus: “Really, I don’t look at the standings that often. I try to win on a daily basis…. I couldn’t even tell you how many games we are behind Cleveland. I know the gap’s widened a little bit because we haven’t played well lately, but we’ve got 40-something games. I’ll worry about it when we get a little closer.”
So disturbing on so many levels and helps explain the sense of urgency that has been lacking on this team. This is a PR department’s nightmare and I’m sure Mr. I is not happy at all.