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  1. I'm embarrassed to ask, but why isn't this game over? Shouldn't it be rain-shortened win for Oakland?
  2. Everyone knows the reason, but when the Tigers need a spot starter for a doubleheader and choose a Soto over a Mize, Manning, or Faedo it's gross and surreal and maddening. Damn this rebuild.
  3. But he closed out last year by posting an 870 OPS over the last three months of the season. He has been raking at AA for a year now. Time for him to move up.
  4. Grayson Greiner currently has an OPS+ of 1. Harrison's 14 OPS+ looks good by comparison.
  5. Twenty years ago this team would have likely lost 110 games. But the appearance on the schedule of the Royals, Orioles, Mariners and to a lesser extent the White Sox and Rangers will probably mean 95-100 losses.
  6. The Tigers were 22-30 in one run games. Not great, not horrific. The Tigers, however, were horrific in blowout games (+5). 13-30. This is far more telling and problematic.
  7. Oh did he drive me crazy. But boy will I miss him.
  8. Because Ks were not the Tigers biggest offensive issue last year. It was severe lack of power. Hey, reducing strikeouts is fine. But as an organizational philosophy? I suppose it's fine as long as it's not at the expense of developing and adding more players who can hit for power.
  9. That Suarez trade really annoyed me at the time. Suarez was one of the few position prospects in the Tigers system who had hit at every level. So he comes up at 22 and posts an 85 OPS+ and everyone gives up on him, including DD. At the time of the trade no one liked the return but few seemed bothered by losing Suarez.
  10. No alternative really at this point. But I could do without the 60s mindset regarding strikeouts. That article may have been the most deflating thing I've read about the Tigers this year.
  11. Rogers had a pretty solid 2017 at A and A+ (.817 OPS, 18 HRs) and after an horrific April and May in 2018 at AA he posted a .1004 OPS in June, .784 in July, and .857 in August. This stretch included 14 HRs and a 10% walk rate. I don't know what happened to him in the Spring--and I understand scouts have always questioned his bat--but he has shown some ability so far to hit and with power. With his elite level defensive skills if he can post a 95-100 OPS+ that is something the Tigers can work with.
  12. I don't know about anyone else, but I'm always pleased when the guys who are marginal talents survive in the league long enough to make a few million. Maybe Boyd doesn't fall into this category, because he's been decent since becoming a professional. I'm thinking more of a guy like Marcus Thames or, looking ahead, Niko Goodrum. Thames was 31 before he made any real money. He didn't really settle into a MLB career until he was 27. How many times did he hear from friends, a spouse, another family member that he should give up, get serious about his life, and so on. Anyway, kudos to Matthew Boyd.
  13. I'm hoping Paredes goes all Cabrera (Miggy didn't really blossom until his age 20 season at AA) and forces his way onto the MLB roster by mid season. That would be reason enough to tune in on a regular basis. If Cabrera could regain his health and stroke and Candelario and Stewart showed more promise that would be even more reason to pay attention. I almost completely unplugged from the Tigers this past season, something I don't think I've ever done. But once Cabrera went down and Candy started slumping I couldn't bring myself to watch a lineup in which James McCann occasionally hit cleanup and a Jose Iglesias at-bat brought relief instead of dread--and not because Iglesias suddenly starting hitting like Trammell.
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