TOPIC FOR TUESDAY

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 Is Nicholas Castellanos’ poor stretch of hitting causing you to question his long-term future with the Tigers?   Why or why not?


 

 

 

11 thoughts on “TOPIC FOR TUESDAY

  1. If Castellanos consistently hit 300 with 20 or 25 homers and 85 rbi’s he’d be a keeper. Unfortunately, he’s not that caliber hitter and he’s the worst fielding third baseman on the planet. He’s a luxury the Tigers can’t afford. If we’re looking to get faster, he’s a good candidate to trade for a promising position player or two.

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    • I sort of agree with you Henry. He wasn’t the guy who began the season in the #2 spot. He also isn’t the guy he has been over the past few weeks. He is probably a .270 hitter who will hit 25 homers and get you 75 rbi and 75 runs. The problem is he will have more strike outs than hits and play poor defense. So he is close to being a keeper, just as long as you aren’t paying him $15 million a year.

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  2. I normally would have agreed that Nick C was having a bad year at the plate based on his BA. However, Nick is 9th in hard hit balls rate, and 10th in line drives hit. This has resulted in a BABIP of .287 (Batting Average for Balls put In Play) which is much lower than for any other year in his career, including the minor leagues. In other words, he has been very unlucky in the batting realm. (Incidentally, Miguel is FIFTH and FIRST in these categories, resulting in a BABIP of only .309, when his career average is .347–he is REALLY unlucky.) Accordingly, when these two revert to their mean, Tigers’ runs scored should jump significantly. Now as to Nick’s fielding, that is another matter entirely!

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    • Thomas and those who don’t see there posts published today:
      Thomas, I edited your response because you referenced another site. However, the info you gathered from the site was published. We don’t want to publicize other sites.
      All others – your responses to Thomas were not fit to print, not on this site. Please read the rules as a reminder as to how to conduct yourselves. You can trash other people in the News or Freep, but you won’t do it here. Thanks for reading as always, Kurt.

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  3. The problem goes deeper than Nicholas. He has stopped even trying to hit to the opposite field. Where the heck is the hitting coach? They could jettison any player–almost no Tiger is playing at a level that would justify a roster spot at the moment. But whoever they find to take their place will similarly be competing with inadequate support from the coaching staff, and will almost certainly produce comparable results.

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  4. His play at the plate and in the field is causing me to question his long-term viability with the team. If ownership ever reaches a point where it freaks out over the poor play of the team and there is a wholesale house-cleaning, I would suspect Nick would hit the road if his play hasn’t improved by then.

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  5. Castellanos has seemed to regress rather than improve. I believe it could be a result of the culture which seems to have enveloped the mindset of the players. Swing for the fences, look for 1 pitch to try and hit a home run. He should have been more successful in the 2 slot, batting in front of Miggy. Perhaps he needs better tutelage or a different approach.

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  6. Have others noticed that Nick’s stance looks different this year–more upright? He has always had trouble with breaking balls low and away, but it sure seems like his current stance is not helping.

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  7. Nickolas will eventually play first base where they can hide his defensive liabilities a little better. May happen after VMart retires and Cabrera plays a little more dh.

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  8. Nick is hurting this team and his future salary. Legendary Lloyd seems to be laid back Lloyd a long with the rest of the management and not addressing the lackluster play of Nick. We need to clean house. Watch for attendance to really start slipping. In my estimate down about 2500 a game from last year.

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