By: Holly Horning & Kurt Snyder
After 60 games (29-31), there are plenty of storylines playing out as we head into the summer months of 2017.
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 rumors that the Tigers are approaching sell mode, is the decision really as simple as the local media paints it? Even if you disregard the questions about how viable the team is and whether they could have any success in the playoffs should they advance, any trade-off, especially before the deadline, would signal to fans that management doesn’t believe the team is a contender. And by killing their hopes, they would also be killing attendance and revenue figures which are crucial towards paying that sky-high payroll.
The failure to bench or even discipline Nick (and I’m stickin’ with that name) Castellanos by Brad Ausmus goes beyond the concern about reckless behavior and the potential injury to Miguel Cabrera. It appears there is no visible system of accountability in place for this team. And given that there have been too many games riddled with sloppy running, defense and pitching, it now appears highly unlikely that players are never called out for this poor level of play by their manager – which will only lead to more games like these.
David Price is sure paying the price in Boston and has expressed his unhappiness with the media and fans while also avoiding questions about his relationship with other teammates. Much of this obviously due to his immense long-term contract, injury and failure to live up to pitching expectations. This must be quite a shock to him after his days in Detroit with some of the best fans and softest media to one in which those who follow baseball pull no punches.
I watched a demoralized Miguel Cabrera drag himself back to the dugout at Fenway Friday night. After taking a third strike down the middle of the plate, he appeared to be a defeated hitter. It’s a look we haven’t seen from him, and something that was kind of lost in another difficult defeat; one where Miggy struck out 4 times.
After a difficult May and plenty of complaining about the schedule, June has been billed as the month where the Tigers should get on a roll. Why anyone sees any kind of roll coming having watched this team, is beyond me. After winning the first 3 games of the month, they have lost 3 of 4; results that have come with absolutely zero surprise.
Verlander-Sale has been a classic matchup over the years. Today, we will get another opportunity to watch them compete against each other, this time at Sale’s new home in Boston. However my only thought going into the normally competitive duel is whether the Tigers have allowed Verlander to dictate his return following the groin issue in his last start; allowing him to pitch at anything less than 100% with the injury still present would be classic Tigers.