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  1. And in 1987 Matt Nokes, if anyone remembers him. He had 32 HRs and a 133 OPS+. Never came close to these numbers again.
  2. SeattleMike

    8/29 @2:15 Detroit Tigers vs Kansas City Royals

    Why is Paredes still talked about as a fringe top 100 prospect. 19-year old infielders who do what he has done this year are usually top 20ish prospects. What gives?
  3. SeattleMike

    6/29 @7:07 Detroit Tigers vs Toronto Blue Jays

    Of course they used to alternate the No 1 pick between leagues. So until recently (last 10 years or so) it was not possible to draft first in consecutive years. In fact, the 2003 Tigers did not have the No 1 pick in 2004.
  4. SeattleMike

    After 72 games

    Luis Pujols anyone?
  5. SeattleMike

    5/17 @10:10 Detroit Tigers vs Seattle Mariners

    Watching Verlander dominate last night and JD Martinez go on one of his HR tears triggered lots of emotions. In hopes of feeling better I did a quick scan of the Tigers top minor league prospects. That was a mistake. Other than Stewart, who Microline dismissed last year as a guy who can't hit fastballs over 95mph or something like that, no one is dazzling. Manning walks too many. Feado strikeout rate is fine but not top of rotation good. Burrows, nothing special. Cameron, who many thought had turned a corner last year, is sitting at a .730 OPS. Paredes has a .399 OPS for the month of May (after a fantastic April). Gerber has been terrible. Likewise Jake Rogers, who has a .465 OPS. Lugo, if you want to call him a top prospect, is hovering around a .650 OPS without any walks. I understand that the system's number one prospect (Perez) has been hurt. But that just goes with the territory with pitchers. Overall it's a fairly grim picture, in terms of actual production, to this point in the season. The "well they aren't as bad as I thought they be" reaction to the MLB team has masked the underwhelming results so far in the minors of the guys who are supposed to be part of the next contending team. Oh well, back to watching the Tigers menagerie of journeymen play .450 baseball and get patted on the back for it.
  6. SeattleMike

    4/27 @7:05 Detroit Tigers vs Baltimore Orioles

    And Baltimore is 13.5 out. Ouch.
  7. The two worst teams in baseball reside in the AL Central and the White Sox aren't far behind. That's 58ish or so layups for the Indians. The Tribe has to be a lock for 100 wins next year. Does Vegas takes bets for this kind of thing?
  8. SeattleMike

    If not Ausmus then who?

    Keri pretty much sums it up. That's why I don't give a rip who the Tigers hire right now, especially given the circumstances. And if I were Martinez or some other rising managerial star (whatever that is) I wouldn't touch the Detroit job. It could taint you for years. All I want for the next manager is a guy who's entertaining. How about Leyland again?
  9. Avila keeps trumpeting the Tigers dedication to a robust analytics department. I wonder if he had been badgering DD for years to ramp up the Tigers analytics or if he only recently found the religion.
  10. SeattleMike

    What If...

    I think there is a good chance the offense scores enough runs to be a 75-80 win team. But the rotation and bullpen, which consist of very large question marks everywhere, will determine whether 2018 is 2001-2003 bad or just 2004-2005 bad.
  11. SeattleMike

    Justin Verlander Traded to Astros

    His control was way off early in the year. I believe he had BB/9 of close to 5. Imagine if he had been Verlander for the whole year. And Cabrera had been Cabrera for the whole year. Here's a thought experiment: When they traded JD, the Tigers were 43-49 and 5 back of Cleveland. The previous 2 seasons Cabrera had a WAR of 5. This year he is -.08. So in a little over a half season a typical Cabrera should have been worth 2.5-3.0 WAR (instead of the roughly 1 WAR he had at that point). Then let's imagine Verlander had been himself all year. If so, he likely would have added at least one more win by July 18. That would have meant 46 or 47 wins, which would have put the Tigers only 1-2 games behind the Indians. Would Avila have traded JD under these circumstances? I doubt it. They probably don't make any trades and would have stayed in the race until Fulmer's injury. Depending on your perspective Cabrera's awful season and Verlander's slow start were a blessing in disguise, because it forced Avila to initiate a long overdue reset, or it was a huge tragedy, because, well, it led to this September. Of course you could apply this little exercise to any number of under performers (Victor, Norris, Zimmerman and so on). But they were more wildcards. No one expected this precipitous decline from Cabrera or Verlander's 3-month struggle. Seems as though the timing of this current course can be tied directly to our two future Hall of Famers' stumbles in 2017.
  12. Doubt anyone envisioned a guy like Machado serving as the DH back in 1973.
  13. SeattleMike

    If not Ausmus then who?

    Just give me someone who is entertaining during postgame press conferences. And I'm about 80% serious.
  14. SeattleMike

    2018 Draft Pick Watch

    Too bad there is no Ken Griffey Jr, Alex Rodriguez, or Bryce Harper in this draft (or least I haven't heard about any generational talents in the draft). How fortunate was Washington to pick #1 two years in row when Harper and Strasburg were obvious number one picks. Going forward shouldn't the Tigers have lots of pool money to sign top international talent--for once!
  15. SeattleMike

    Ausmus being let go?

    Last year when his job was in jeopardy media reports suggested he would get another manager's job pretty easily. Wonder if that is still the case. There was some sloppiness this year that may have dimmed his prospects of a quirk hire.