QUESTIONS, COMMENTS, KUDOS & CONCERNS

By:  Holly Horning & Kurt Snyder

Saturday’s segment is a day to touch on as many issues as possible. With 153 (83-70) games behind us and just nine games to go, readers have the opportunity to read and think about a number of different topics.

Holly and Kurt 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.


HOLLY

COMMENT

It took me 1.5 years but I’m finally truly appreciating what Andrew Romine brings to the game. Utility players get no respect but this guy has stepped up to the plate, gotten some timely hits, runs well and has played every single position for the Tigers this year except catcher. Given the significant number of injuries in 2016, where would the Tigers have been without the ability to plug him in anywhere?

CONCERN

Rut roh, Gary Sanchez is gaining ground on Michael Fulmer for Rookie of the Year Voting. His stats, even given a smaller sample size, are jaw-dropping while Fulmer’s are not as impressive as they were earlier in the season. And the one with the most momentum may gain the advantage and the support that comes from playing for a NY team and a biased NY-centered media.

KUDOS

Daniel Norris revealed in a radio interview this week that Justin Verlander is working overtime to help him, Fulmer and Boyd with their pitching. JV attends every throwing session of theirs, reviews all their video and tirelessly mentors all three. Performance on the mound is only one aspect of a great player and JV has shown us all that he brings the same intensity and talent to the game on the days he’s not starting a game.


KURT

KUDOS

Justin Upton’s turnaround at the plate over the last month has been truly electric and well, shocking. Three days of rest to clear his head and bam, he’s been crushing the baseball ever since. Outside of a still relatively low batting average, his offensive numbers now reflect the type of production that was expected when we signed him.

COMMENT

If you haven’t been to a game yet this season, I would pick one of those Indian games next week at Comerica Park. Those beanball antics in Cleveland last Sunday are not going to be forgotten and I would anticipate things could get a little dicey. Until proven wrong, I still see that final game in Cleveland as the pivotal point in the season; one that finally shook this team up and turned things around.

QUESTION

I know there is plenty of work yet to be done, but do you think Brad has looked ahead to make sure he lines up Justin Verlander for the start in the Wild Card game, should they get there? I’ll be right back … going to check … hang on a second. Ok I’m back … as the schedule shakes out right now, JV would pitch next Tuesday versus Cleveland and the following Sunday in Atlanta; meaning if Brad leaves things alone, Michael Fulmer would pitch in the Wild Card game, hmmmm.

8 thoughts on “QUESTIONS, COMMENTS, KUDOS & CONCERNS

  1. It is perfect planning to have JV scheduled to pitch game 162. If it turns out to matter, he is as valuable in that game as in the next one. If the wild-card is clinched by then, of course he will be held back to pitch in the wild-card game.

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    • Fast forward to another flashback: 2012 All-Star game..4 hits-5 runs game lost in first inning. 2012 World Series game 1..4 innings-5 runs, game lost. I love Justin but big games scare me no matter who is pitching.

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      • I wouldn’t place any value on how JV threw in some exhibition game all-star performance. Theres no scouting or intensity for something like that. Look no further than his 3.35 career Era in the post season and that he’s been top 3 pitcher in the AL 2nd half of season as proof that he’s the guy you want. His era is nearly a full .5 runs better than Morris’ playoff numbers.

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  2. I find it interesting that the Kudos go to JV and not much mention for ….what’s his name, the pitching coach? Romine has truly been valuable “glue” this season. Tigers need to catch Indians- one game knockouts are season killers.

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