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|22 hours 37 min ago||Don't see this trade as a big win||
Jackson has been inconsistent offensively so far in his career, but he was still the best leadoff option for the Tigers. Davis is not an everyday leadoff guy, he never never talks a walk and is a free-swinger. The guy they are bringing up from Toledo (Carrera) has been cut loose by two different teams and has spent most of his professional time in the minors. His .307 batting average at Toledo will most likely not translate to the majors.
Also the bullpen situation is still not very good. This team has no proven lefty in the pen. Smyly could have been that guy if he wasn't included in the deal. Hardy has pitched well so far, but he is unproven at this point. Soria doesn't look comfortable in the 7th inning, which is not suprising since he is used to closing. The odds of Nathan turning it around still are not very good IMO.
Davis is also a horrible defensively outfielder. Jackson hasn't been as good defensively the last couple years as he was before, but he is still far from the butcher in the field that Davis is.
|22 hours 38 min ago||Best Rotation Ever?||
Based on this year's numbers, it's not even the best rotation in the AL. What guys have done in the past is not really relevant to what is going on this year. If would be one thing if Verlander was still pitching like a Cy Young caliber pitcher, but last I checked his ERA is pushing 5.00 this year. Sanchez and Scherzer have also not been as good as they were last year. Porcello is the only guy in the rotation who has improved and not taken a step back from last year.
There is no doubt that Price makes this rotation better, but I really feel like people are ignoring the downsides of the deal and not looking at the signficant holes/issues that the Tigers still have. Namely the lack of dangerous left handed hitters in the lineup besides V-Mart, the lack of a proven/suitable leadoff guy, the lack of a proven left handed reliever or two, poor defense in the outfield, Soria not looking good so far, and Nathan still being a huge questionable mark and potential liability. These are all things that could come back to bite a team in the playoffs.
Despite giving up Cespedes to get Lester, Oakland still has to be the favorite in the AL at this point. Even if the Tigers can match Oakland's starters, Oakland still has the edge in the pen. Of course, the Angels also seem to have the Tiger's number as well, though I like the Tigers starters better in that matchup.
|1 week 1 day ago||They have a good lead||
However, is not in the bag yet. Are the Tigers forgetting about what happened a month ago, when they actually lost their lead completely and found themselves a 1.5 games back of KC at one point?
Nathan is done, throwing away any more games just because you have a good lead is reckless since you never what can happen the rest of the season. This is professional sports, the Tigers don't owe Nathan jack out of any kind of good faith.
|1 week 1 day ago||Like the trade||
However, I hate that the Tigers are going to possibly throw a couple more games away because they don't want to remove Nathan from the closer's role immediately. They gave him time to right himself, that time should now be up. Also from Nathan's perspective, the Tigers making this trade tells him that they don't believe in him.
Makes absolutely no sense to not name Soria the closer right now. This is professional sports, there should be no obligation for the Tigers to give Nathan anymore time out good faith or whatever. That is nonsense.
|1 week 4 days ago||Agreed||
Apparantly, Valverde going 49/49 with a 2.24 ERA in 2011 is not a good year to some people. His 2010 year was also far superior to what we have seen out of Nathan.
|1 week 4 days ago||Nathan has never been a sinker ball type guy||
He has always thrown more 4 seam fastballs than 2-seamers, which is the case again this year. Four seam fastballs at 90-93 aren't going to cut it against big league hitters. His slider still has decent movement, but that becomes a less effective pitch against left-handers.
Nathan is an all likelyhood is done, an a team with WS aspirations can just sit around and hope for the best. They gave him some time to figure things out, that time is pretty much up now.
|1 week 4 days ago||Valverde's time ended on a sour note||
However, I really think your understating his 2011 year. 49/49 in saves and a 2.24 ERA is a little better than decent.
Though, I agree that the Tigers should not of let Benoit get away in the offseason.
|2 weeks 5 days ago||That is all well and good||
The Tigers goal is more than just to win the division, though. They have been there and done that. Anything short of WS is a failure. There is alot to like about this team, however the bullpen certainly could be the downfall in the playoffs. Hopefully, they will do something at the deadline to help the bullpen. I remain unconvinced that Nathan is a closer that can be trusted in the playoffs.
Oakland would be the favorite in the AL to me at this point. The trade they made with the Cubs gives their starting rotation five guys with sub 3.50 ERA's. Their bullpen is better than the Tigers right now. They also have scored more runs than the Tigers. Really, the only advantages the Tigers have are more playoff experience in the starting rotation, and the 3 and 4 combination in the lineup of Cabrera and V-Mart.
|2 weeks 5 days ago||Serious question?||
Al has a 2.96 career ERA. He also entered today with a 2.91 ERA on the year. He may be inconsistent with his control at times, but your question is ridiculous. He has been the Tigers second best reliever after Joba.
|4 weeks 2 hours ago||DG had more good games than dreadful games||
Certainly he had his issues at times last year, but pretending he was dreadful in many games is just not accurate. No running game and a horrible o-line certainly didn't help his cause either.
I think you're reading too much into the not naming a starter aspect. That is simply Hoke making sure the upperclassmen stay motivated to earn their starting spots. Nothing more, nothing less.
|4 weeks 1 day ago||It would be hard to imagine V-Mart being snubbed||
Ferrell may have some bias towards his guy (Ortiz), but I don't think it is enough to turn him into a complete idiot.
|4 weeks 1 day ago||Team is playing extremely well right now||
However, I don't quite understand the positivity regarding Nathan and the closer spot. Even in saves Nathan still looks far from dominant and is hanging on by the skin of his teeth most of the time. Simply put, he couldn't be trusted in a key playoff situation with the way he has pitched this season.
The rest of the team is really coming together, but the closer spot is the sticking point. Either Nathan needs to start looking like vintage Nathan more frequently or the Tigers are going to have to find a better option, because you can't win a WS without somebody closing games at a high level.
|7 weeks 1 day ago||2008 was definatly his worst year as a pro||
The Tigers, as a whole, were incrediable disappointing that year.
|7 weeks 1 day ago||Fangraphs pitchfx data has him at a 93.4 mph average||
on his fastball. While that is down from his peak years that still is the highest average on Tigers starting staff. He has also been hitting 94-95 pretty consistently his last 2-3 starts.
The problem with Verlander is more about a loss of command. His first pitch strike rate and walk rate are currently the worst they have been since his awful 2008 year. What made Verlander special in 2011 and 2012 was his ability to throw any one of his pitches for a strike in almost any count. He doesn't have that the same command right now, which is frustrating because the stuff is still above average.
Also the real question is what the hell is wrong with the Tigers, in general. Personally, I didn't think they were as good as their record when they were 27-12, but still to go 6-16 with the talent they have is really mind boggling. DD better do something at deadline because this is not a WS winning team right now.
|13 weeks 6 days ago||At this point I would||
trade Franzen for just about anything. He is just a not the type of player you can count on.
|13 weeks 6 days ago||That was a good defensive play||
What would have been the penalty? He had the puck, so it couldn't be interference.
In short, why don't you just stay the fuck out of any thread relating to Detroit sports if you're just going to troll.
|13 weeks 6 days ago||Too many men on the ice||
What a boneheaded mistake.
|13 weeks 6 days ago||Bad turnover||
Way too many of those in this series. Can't beat yourself when you're playing a better team.
|13 weeks 6 days ago||BS||
Nice interference on the faceoff. Last two penalties on Wings are also things that can be called 50 times in a game.
|13 weeks 6 days ago||Techinally, they were penalties||
The problem is those are the type of penalties that could be called 50 times in a playoff game. To randomly make those calls out of the blue, when they are being they let go so often in the series, is the bullshit part. Guys having been getting cross-checked in front of the net all series, with no call most of the time. Either call it all the time, or not at all, otherwise it is BS. They were both sell jobs by Boston as well. There is nothing that drives people more crazy than a lack of consistent from officials.
They also missed a possible interference call off the faceoff.
|13 weeks 6 days ago||If your taking about Valverde his last year||
and a half with the Tigers, sure. However, the Valverde, who went an entire season without a blown save, is a guy I would take in a heartbeat.
|14 weeks 2 hours ago||Bullpen at it again||
Tigers have no chance of winning a WS, if the bullpen doesn't get significantly better by the end of year.
|14 weeks 2 hours ago||Baseball is a long season||
Romine hasn't proved anything yet, given the small sample size. The deal for Gonzalez was also still bad, regardless of what happens with Romine.
Not to mention, if you're going to give DD premature credit for Romine, you have to give him blame for the trainwreck that the bullpen is right now.
|14 weeks 6 days ago||Don't agree at all||
You realize some of the things that you mentioned happening last year are still happening this year. The offense has still been all or nothing, for the most part. They have been held to 2 or less runs 5 times this season. They are currently 13th in the AL in runs scored.
The bullpen is also a mess, and worse right now than it was at the end of last year. The bottom of lineup with Avila and the SS position is also a black hole, with no offensive production to speak of. Speed is about the only thing better on this year's team. If you really look at it though, this team still only has 3 guys who can steal a base, the majority of the guys in the lineup are still slow baserunners. Davis is still the only true blazer on the team. It is better, but to call it a major strength is a bit of a stretch.
The Leyland comment is also BS. He was given the hand he was dealt, those teams were built around slugging the ball. They didn't run because they couldn't. Jackson is the only guy who could have stole a couple more last year. Leyland would not have prevented Davis from stealing bases if he was on the team last year. To say they didn't ever bunt or hit sac flies under Leyland is also untrue.
This year's team is 8-6 right now, last year's team was two wins away from a spot in the WS. Your post makes no sense, at the moment.
|15 weeks 5 days ago||Appreciate the positivity on a certain level||
However, some of the names on your list are a huge stretch and make it seem like you're reaching. Several of those guys you named have yet to really prove much on the field.
Not to mention somebody like Martin was already good player before Hoke and company got here. The only difference is he wasn't stuck in a bad scheme anymore. He was a second team All-Big Ten in 2010.
|15 weeks 5 days ago||Missing the forest for the trees||
The issue here is not that nobody has gotten better, which is an impossibility for any coaching staff. The relevant argument is how well Hoke and company have developed players in relation to other team's. That is hard to hard to quantify, however the W/L record the last two years is not a great sign that the development is as good as it needs to be. I think a 3-5 record in a bad Big Ten can not be 100% chalked up to the OC or a lack of experience.
|15 weeks 5 days ago||Where are getting Denard made a big jump from?||
His QB rating was better in 2010. Not to mention his stats regressed even further in 2012 (lower completion %, worse INT/TD ratio, etc.), though to be fair some of that was probally due to his elbow injury.
|15 weeks 5 days ago||Agreed||
Pretty sure we heard this kind of talk coming into last year as well. Didn't do much good.
|17 weeks 4 days ago||I would be shocked if Kinsler hits above .260 this year||
Ballpark in Arlington tends to inflate numbers, his average away from that ballpark is not good.
|17 weeks 4 days ago||Thought it was an meh finale||
Honestly though, I find myself liking the show less with each season so far. First season was my favorite and I liked the pacing for the most part. The show has been hit and miss for me since. I found this season overall to be pretty mediocre, with the exception of a couple episodes.