By: Holly Horning & Kurt Snyder
After 120 games (53-67), the Tigers are beginning to play out the string, which is a painful predicament with still 42 games to 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.
Do other teams switch their players around as much and after they have established their MLB careers and before they age necessitating a position change as the Tigers have? This week, the team announced that Nick Castellanos will be moving to his 5th position change – once again moving back to the outfield. This on top of Miggy’s move to third base to accommodate Prince Fielder and Anthony Gose transitioning from the outfield to pitcher’s mound.
Other than the young(er) and hungry newest members of the roster, the two players who have performed the best this year have been JV and Justin Upton. Two guys with 2 of the largest contracts – 1 who in his last 7 games (before this week) sported a 1.96 ERA and the other having the best year of his career. Is it a coincidence or have these two been trying to facilitate/explore a change in teams for next year?
As I expected, Ian Kinsler was not suspended and received a minimal fine from MLB for his comments about Angel Hernandez. It is known that Hernandez has disliked Joe Torre for years, who ironically is in charge of addressing these issues for MLB. And if Kinsler had received a notable punishment, it would have supported Angel in his lawsuit against MLB and potentially weakened MLB’s case given that Ian Kinsler is sure to be called to testify.
After we posed the same question to our readers yesterday, I would like to take a crack at what JV had to say about the potential core for next season. The same core was being referenced as something positive when it fact that same core isn’t winning. So, I am wondering where the positive is exactly.
Speaking of … was Justin Verlander insinuating that he would veto any potential trade, thus the confidence that he would be back in 2018? And, was he lobbying for Justin Upton to stick around instead of opting out of his contract? And why does he include Jordan Zimmermann as part of that great core when he has been nothing but a disappointment since he arrived in Detroit?
As I continue to watch games, it’s good that we can cling to and still gather excitement from watching how great Justin Upton has been this season. He has been one of the few claps of thunder on an otherwise cloudy day. And strictly as a fan, I have mixed emotions and am squarely on the fence when it comes to wanting him to stay or go.