By: Holly Horning & Kurt Snyder
After 33 games (17-16), the season is in full swing and plenty of storylines are playing out before our eyes during the first 6 weeks of play.
Saturday’s segment is a day to touch on as many issues as possible. Let’s see what Holly and Kurt 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.
Despite their repeated poor performances, Anibal Sanchez and KRod continue to be part of the Tigers’ roster. Taking into consideration that their performances have continued to decline given their history, loss of velocity and the natural ageing process, it is even more telling about what the organization is thinking by keeping them. These two are here to stay (unless they completely flat-line) because of a combination of salary, Chris Ilitch’s decisions, lack of depth in the minors/no viable replacements and what releasing 4 pitchers and $42 million in salary says about the organization and their bad business decisions.
To you, dear Totally Tigers readers. You have been the bomb over the past week with tons of thoughtful comments and long conversation threads spread over the week’s blogs. This is exactly what Kurt and I wanted for this site – a forum that encourages dialog especially among those with great thoughts but wanting to avoid the nastiness running rampant on the major established sites. It’s great to see our wish of having readers talk with each other instead of simply trying to talk to people. Thank you!
When was the last time the Tigers actually had real competition for roster spots and actual play? Competition is a really good thing and we can see players stepping up their game in order to win more playing time. McCann/Avila, Jones/Adduci/Collins, Collins/Mahtook, Romine/Machado and the ever-evolving sacrificial system known as the bullpen – which may never be fully resolved.
After missing the first 33 games of the season having injured his foot during spring training, the hope and frankly, the assumption, was that JD Martinez would be 100% when he returned. But the description of the status of his injury falls short for sure and is fairly disappointing. “Sore and achy” is not what we wanted to hear about his foot when JD returned to play.
All indications point to a future for Michael Fulmer that will inevitably anoint him as the ace of the staff. Certainly, as long as JV is around, he will have a lot to say about that, and looks to be nowhere close to giving up the throne. But Fulmer’s performance so far this season and of course last season’s Rookie of the Year campaign, bodes well for the Tigers as there is little question about who will lead this staff for many years to come; and who better to emulate than JV himself.
It’s been a great week for Jose Iglesias defensively, as game-after-game he has made all the plays. It’s been the kind of defense that has highlighted his quickness, both with his hands and his feet. Athletically, he is as good as it gets at the shortstop position, something the Tigers cannot take for granted when they determine his future beyond this season.