Another week is in the books as the Tigers prepare for Opening Day, looming only 1 month away. Time flies when you’re havin’ fun!
Saturday’s segment is a day to touch on as many issues as possible. Let’s see what Kurt and Holly have on their minds this week. They don’t share their Saturday topics and it’s only for the readers’ benefit. So, expect a wide array of thoughts.
Stephen Moya can find solace in the fact that Brad Ausmus has noticed the, uh, ‘improvement’ in his defense. It seemed like Little League encouragement when Brad commended him for his aggression as he continued to misplay balls in the outfield. Apparently the errors are fine as long as they look better.
David Price’s arm issues have put a scare in Red Sox Nation. Knowing he will only need rest instead of surgery has to be a relief. However, this should be treated as warning #1. Price, who has thrown so many innings in his career, finally has a chink in the armor, which should be worrisome for a franchise who has committed a boat load of money and another half dozen years of investment.
Sounds like Nicholas Castellanos is a leading candidate for hitting #2 in the lineup. Incredibly, he has improved his chances with more speed. Brad says he appears lighter, but looks bigger, while Castellanos responded to his improved base running with an encouraging “just caring about it more.” There is just strange written all over this paragraph, isn’t there?
Through Friday, the Tigers have lost 6 out of their first 9 games. Five of those 6 games garnered 2 or fewer runs with production coming from the top of the order. After Saturday, those same bats – Kinsler, Miggy and VMart – will be leaving for the WBC which will make putting runs up on the board even more challenging.
Speaking of the WBC, KRod will be leaving this weekend to represent Venezuela. The problem is that he is injured, behind in his training schedule and has only thrown bullpen sessions. Have the Tigers advised him not to go considering he’s at a much greater risk for injury that could seriously impact the team should something happen?
David Price, for now, appears to have avoided surgery but there’s still the question as to whether teams will vie for him if he takes advantage of his opt-out clause after this year. There are increasing concerns over the higher risk of signing pitchers over 30 to long-term contracts. If Price stays, Dave Dombrowski’s strategy may turn out to be a poor one given that there are 6 more years at $31-$32 mill a pop ($187 mill more) and Price will be 36 when his contract expires.
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– Why the Mets pulled the plug on trading for JD over the winter
– Why the Dodgers were very interested but ended up not trading for Kinsler and JV
– The proof that JV was a better pitcher last year than Porcello keeps on a’ comin’
– Miggy’s new leadership role
– Machado may just be a keeper
– Al Avila keeps filling Toledo with veterans
– More predictions from the pros about where the Tigers will finish
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