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  1. I know many fans, including myself, question Castro's future at shortstop. But I am also quite certain the Tigers are committed to playing him there next year. So while we can debate where he should be, we also have to always assert that he is very likely our opening day shortstop for at least one more season. I would not mind Schoop back at second. But another under the radar option at second base I would love to see the Tigers sign is Tommy La Stella. I know he will be 32 years old next year but I don't see the skills declining much the next few years. He will be a really solid free agent pick up for some team.
  2. Hire Ron Washington to work his magic with Castro like he did Marcus Semien. I have always been a Didi Gregorius fan and would like the Tigers to at least kick the tires on him. See what it takes to sign him long term. But I don't think it is a bad move to ride it out with Castro there either.
  3. As good as season as Giolito is having, you don't see pitchers that hot just fall apart like that very often.
  4. I'd settle just for moving Cabrera down in the order but unfortunately, with the injuries, we don't even have an option like Jacoby to replace him with right now. Not like it would ever happen anyways. It sucks he is not closer to 500 home runs. When your DH is a .700 OPS guy, it puts that much more pressure on the other hitters.
  5. Splitting with the Cardinals and the Brewers at this point would be quite something.
  6. Give Alcantara some credit for taking some pitches to start this inning. Most Tiger hitters swing at the pitches out of the zone and strike out and in that at bat.
  7. The good weeks aren't really that good though. Cardinals walking Miggy intentionally. Terrible move. I dread Miguel coming up in the middle of our best hitters. And the Cardinals bail us out.
  8. I thought they should have used Funkhouser one more inning. I know it was rough but he did finish the 6th on a high note. And he was throwing upper 90s. If you are saving your best options, then try and steal a second inning out of him while you can.
  9. Knowing the Tigers though, they will probably be stubborn and continue to try and get away with him at shortstop.
  10. I think Castro would have a decent shot of turning himself into a decent corner outfielder if they went that route. This is not a Castellanos situation where a guy just doesn't have that much athleticism. To even play shortstop like he is, you have to be a decent athlete. Jacoby was successful doing it; I think Castro could be as well. I'd prefer they go that route over second base.
  11. I think he would have been better off admitting his mistaking rather than continuing on like nothing ever happened.
  12. Not sure why Houser gave Stewart something that wasn't in the dirt up 1-2 in the count. He swings at almost everything.
  13. Can we please move Miggy down in the order so he doesn't screw things up for our hottest hitters?
  14. This sounds right to me. We will lose more on defense than offense because it seems like one of Paredes and Castro were sitting anyways. Now, they really need to both be out there.
  15. We could actually field a pretty decent lineup with the way Castro and Reyes have been hitting...if Romine plays. We are probably stuck with one of Goodrum, Stewart, and Bonifacio each night, plus Cabrera (whatever you consider him). But you put Castro and Paredes in this lineup together and you have what looks to be a pretty nice lineup right now.
  16. Plus he settled down a bit after the first inning.
  17. Teams have been running all over Stewart lately. He may not have much of an arm but at least he hustled that one in.
  18. It'd be nice to put Paredes behind Jeimer. I know Miggy has been hot lately but the reality is we don't have much hitting in front or behind our hottest/best hitter.
  19. There is no way we are as close to desperate as were even 3 years ago. Riley Greene had a good rookie year. We drafted Torkelson #1 last June. Candelario is showing unexpected promise. Even guys like Jacoby Jones, Victor Reyes, and Willi Castro are not totally to be written off as potential regulars. And I haven't even mentioned the pitching situation. Henning apparently thinks every other organization in the league is loaded at the major and minor league levels to consider us in a deep personnel deficit. I will agree trading Norris is probably the right move given he is a free agent after next year. Especially to a team like the Rays who are smart enough to maximize his value.
  20. And to be honest, this is where Cabrera is going to be an issue. If he hits like he has been the last week, it's no big deal. If he reverts back to what he was for most of the month of August, or something in between, then he ties up the DH spot with minimal production in valuable at bats that could be going to another hitter. That is going to be the big issue for the Tigers the next few years.
  21. Other than 2018, Schoop has been a fairly decent second baseman since his rookier year, and he will be only turning only 29 in the offseason. You may not get much for on base percentage but hey, by todays standards, I will take his numbers any day of the week. He appears to be a .750 OPS guy on the low end and an .840 OPS guy on the high end. Given his age, I think you will get that for another 4-5 years. Not bad at all for a second baseman. I know we have to find a spot for Paredes and Candelario in the lineup but we are at the point where we shouldn't be dumping solid regulars to make room for a young guy. If he is willing to sign long term for a reasonable amount of money, do it.
  22. So the question because which of these bats (position players) do you think we can start to feel good about long term. Not a lot of good walk to strikeout ratios in the lineup but maybe that is just what baseball is now. I think there are few guys now that fans on this board are starting to buy into that were considered long shots to ever be decent before the season.
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