By: Holly Horning & Kurt Snyder
After 47 games (22-25), there are plenty of storylines playing out before our eyes as we approach Memorial Day and head into the summer months.
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.
With the increasing disappointment in the team’s underperformance and visible arguing with players, John Farrell’s job as manager of the Red Sox is in jeopardy. This has led analysts to speculate on who would replace Farrell, but one of them has clearly been living under a rock for the past 4 years. He said that Dave Dombrowski, having a team in “win-now” mode coupled with one of MLB’s highest payrolls, would never hire a rookie manager.
A couple of players in hitting funks is usually to be expected, however when most of your starting lineup is in one, and an extended one, it’s time to start looking for the root cause with one-third of the season already played. The team ranks next-to-last in the AL in batting average, hits, and slugging percentage…12th out of 15 in HRs and runs…and one of the leaders in strikeouts. A good place to start is with Lloyd McClendon.
(File this under “You sometimes find the best information in the most unexpected places.”) In an interview during his participation in Dancing with the Stars (ok, yes, I watch it and not ashamed to admit it), Cubs’ David Ross described his evolution from baseball’s bad boy to one of MLB’s most beloved players (and hero of the 2016 World Series) and gave full credit to Theo Epstein, his boss with both the Red Sox and the Cubs. He said that Theo saw his potential and a long sit-down talk between the two in Boston motivated Ross to change course so he could reach his full potential – and the rest is history.
It looks like Dave Clark is at it again. Wouldn’t you much rather have him take a risk sending someone home with actual speed than the likes of Miguel Cabrera? Besides setting him up for a potential injury at the plate in a close play, the only real question was if it would even be close at all; which it wasn’t and certainly no surprise to anyone.
Who has been more of a disappointment this season than Nick Castellanos? Offensively, he has regressed. Defensively he has regressed, and I am now questioning the concentration level of just another Tiger, which seems to be going around.
Since Tiger management has clearly put this team on cruise control, how can fans follow this season with any kind of enthusiasm? Secondly, how enthusiastic can the players be? This is a lame duck team waiting to be dismantled and we are only left with the anticipation of what may happen at the trade deadline – am I alone in that regard?