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  1. Gerber called upon

    Gerber back up.
  2. Gardenhire >>>>>>>>>>>>>>Ausmus

    I wonder how someone can identify that there cliques on a board that he has only been posting on for a couple of weeks?
  3. Fly Ball Extravaganza

    Matt Boyd leads all Major League pitchers in the percentage of fly balls. 1. Matt Boyd, 61.8%. 2. Justin Verlander, 56.8%. 3. Max Scherzer, 54.4%. Good company! Boyd has a 1.40 ERA, so it's working for him. 2 of his 3 starts were in Comerica Park, so that helps. ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Leonys Martin is 3rd in the Majors in fly ball rate among hitters. 1. Robinson Chirinos, 64.7%. 2. Randal Grichuk, 63.9%. 3. Leonys Martin, 59.3%. Martin has a batting line of .286/.351/.457 with a 122 wRC+ and has been one of the better Tiger hitters this year. But he's only hitting .233/.298/.395 at home, once again showing Comerica Park's park factor. Interesting that the Tigers would have two extreme fly ball players on the team, one a pitcher and one a hitter. And both are having really good results because of it.
  4. MLB Forum Refugees - Introduce yourselves

    What was your username on the old MLB.com forums?
  5. Gardenhire >>>>>>>>>>>>>>Ausmus

    When I say hate for Ausmus, I don't mean him as a person. I mean his managial style, which I didn't think was much different than any other manager.
  6. Gardenhire >>>>>>>>>>>>>>Ausmus

    There's no need to do the shuffling though. It's similar to Drew Smyly in 2013. He was a starter, everyone knew he was a starter, but there was no room in the starting rotation. Rather then sending him to Toledo when he really belonged in the Majors, they just used him as a reliever. And they stuck to that plan as Smyly made 0 starts that year. The next year, they made room for him in the rotation. That's exactly how they should be handling Norris.
  7. Gardenhire >>>>>>>>>>>>>>Ausmus

    I don't really know if it's perfect. Gardenhire was great for Minnesota when they had an older roster. When they decided to get younger, that's when they lost 90+ games. It's this article that has me worried if he can develop young talent. http://twinsdaily.com/_/minnesota-twins-news/minnesota-twins/can-ron-gardenhire-develop-young-players-r2086 I really don't like how they are handling the Daniel Norris situation. He's a starter, then he's a reliever, now he's a starter again, but wait, we're going to use him in relief. They don't have a clear plan for him. Is this the right thing to do with Norris?
  8. Gardenhire >>>>>>>>>>>>>>Ausmus

    I think it was bad timing with Ausmus. When the Tigers hired Ausmus, they had an aging team that was on his last few years of competing. They needed an experienced manager in there, someone that has done it before. Actually, that was the time to hire Gardenhire. They should have hired Ausmus to manage Toledo. Then when they did the fire sale, that's when they should have promoted Ausmus. Just like the Tigers are figuring out all the young talent to see if they can be the foundation of the next competing team, that's when they should have given Ausmus his chance at the Major League level, to see if he is the one to lead the next competing team. They did things backwards.
  9. Gardenhire >>>>>>>>>>>>>>Ausmus

    I think people just really thought Ausmus would be a good manager. Joe Torre thought highly enough of him that he let him manage a Dodgers game in his last year of playing (and Ausmus returned the favor by letting Kinsler manage a game). Ausmus also managed in the World Baseball Classic. Even after the Tigers let him go, the Yankees thought highly of him that they wanted to give him an interview. I don't really get the hate for Ausmus. Like I said, Torre was not that good of a manager...until he was. Ned Yost was awful, then won a World Series. Is there something that I'm missing with Ausmus?
  10. Gardenhire >>>>>>>>>>>>>>Ausmus

    Well, Dombrowski did it again in Boston with inexperienced Alex Cora as manager.
  11. Gardenhire >>>>>>>>>>>>>>Ausmus

    It's also worth noting that this strategy might be better used in the playoffs, where there may be no tomorrow. How many saves did Mariano Rivera record in the playoffs in which he got more than 3 outs? I get during the season it's a marathon, not a race, so you have to pace your players. But the playoffs are altogether different.
  12. Gardenhire >>>>>>>>>>>>>>Ausmus

    To be fair, the whole pitching staff is improved this year with the addition of Chris Bosio, something Ausmus didn't have last year. Jimenez might be the biggest factor of his presence as he was beyond terrible last year. The Tigers probably have the best bullpen they've had in the last decade or so. It would be hard for Gardenhire to screw it up, at least so far this year.
  13. Gardenhire >>>>>>>>>>>>>>Ausmus

    Yes, it's a juggling act. Just like keeping your bench fresh by periodically giving them starts. I think the trade-off of getting a 6-out save, if needed, is worth losing the pitcher for the next couple of games. Especially if you have a bullpen like the Yankees, which they can change the roles of Chapman, Robertson, Betances and Green and not lose much of anything. The issue I have is that if you keep changing pitchers, you are bound to find one who doesn't have it that night and risk losing the game. However, if you put in a pitcher that is right on, use him for as long as possible. If you're the team like the Tigers, optimizing your bullpen doesn't really matter, because there won't be a lot of leads heading into the late innings anyway.
  14. Gardenhire >>>>>>>>>>>>>>Ausmus

    No, you can't predict the future. But you can do everything in your power to try to win the game at hand. Why save someone for a situation that may never happen?
  15. Gardenhire >>>>>>>>>>>>>>Ausmus

    But the workload evens out in the end. How many times do you see a manager use his closer in a non-closer situations just because he "needs to get some work in"?