By: Kurt Snyder & Holly Horning
Saturday’s segment is a day to touch on as many issues as possible. With 159 (86-73) games behind us, readers have the opportunity to read and think about a number of different topics. With the Tigers still in the hunt for the Wild Card heading into the final 3 games, our writers will certainly have a lot to talk about.
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.
With the season winding down, Miggy has been dominating at the plate. But there are still numbers to suggest he isn’t as clutch as some would like. Well, poor us; we are stuck with a guy who’s numbers have now climbed to .315, 38 home runs and 108 RBI’s; what a disappointment; pretty silly isn’t it?
Let me dust off my disdain for interleague play. When the commissioner takes another look in the offseason, I would be surprised if he doesn’t tweak the schedule so interleague play is done before September. For the Tigers to finish the season on the road in a National League city, having to sit their full-time DH, and send their pitchers to the plate, all while battling for a playoff spot, is beyond crazy.
It’s quite amazing to think once again about the caliber of pitching the Tigers have had over the last several years; pitchers that have left and some who are still in Detroit. It’s a reasonable bet that both Max Scherzer and Rick Porcello will win each league’s respective Cy Young awards. Boston felt they still needed an ace when they acquired former Tiger David Price, but another former Tiger, Porcello, decided he would lay claim to that title, winning 22 games so far this season; remarkable.
What a genius move by Bud Selig in his decision to create the wild card playoffs by generating more and longer fan interest – and baseball profits. One week ago, there were still a whopping 18 teams technically in the mix and now, with only 3 games left, there yet remains 7 in addition to those who have already won their division. But do most fans like that the World Series is now more about who is hottest instead of who is best?
The Tigers outfield has taken a dramatic turn for the worse defensively this year and there are few signs that the solutions will be found in the minors anytime soon. Non-Tiger broadcasters threw up (both literally and figuratively) stats on the screen that showed their efficiency rank was 19th in MLB. However, the worst stat was their runs saved: a -54 runs which ranks 28th.
On Monday night, we watched a lone Tiger, JD Martinez, still in the dugout wistfully watching the Cleveland Indians celebrate their division title. The next night, Kirk Gibson made a point about how Sparky required all of his players to stay and watch the opponents celebrate. He said it made the fires burn brighter and was a teaching lesson that helped players focus on winning the championship down the road.