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  1. League average, or even slightly below that, would be an improvement at most positions on this Tiger team.
  2. And one of the best offenses in MLB. Tough first start.
  3. I wouldn't call Jim Slaton, who the Tigers received in return for Oglivie, a bucket of balls. Granted his peripherals were consistently bad throughout his career, but he had been an All-Star for the Brewers the season before the trade. And he started 35 games for the Tigers in '78 and won 17 games (while walking almost as many batters as he struck out). He left as a free agent and re-signed with the Brewers the next year and had his best season. He became a mainstay in the Brewers rotation for the next few years, always posting ERAs much lower than his FIP.
  4. The Tigers had a lot of traffic on the basepaths this series. Good sign. Keep getting men on base and runs will eventually follow. During the 2-16 spell they weren't scoring any runs and they weren't putting many men of base.
  5. Me too. Decided against going to any games this series because of the hassles and unknowns. Not to mention the 1-14 record here over the last few seasons. Now two victories including a no-hitter. Maybe I’m bad luck
  6. 55 plate appearances over three season is, as you noted, a small sample size. From 2017-2019 (the last three full minor league seasons), covering his age 24-26 years split between AA and AAA, Hasse hit 74 HRs. Granted, he was a bit old for those leagues, but he also posted a walk-rate close to 10%. He's definitely worth an extended look. Heck, I doubt there is a Tiger prospect at any level with even 50 HRs over that time period.
  7. Is the pitcher charged with a run if the only runner he allows is the guy who started the inning on second?
  8. In May of the 5th season of a rebuild there is not one position player on the MLB roster worth following because of his potential as a major component of a future contender. That is depressing and, frankly, hard to believe.
  9. How far-fetched in this scenario? The Tigers resign Scherzer to a 7-8 year deal in 2014, trade Cabrera for prospects that same year, extend JD Martinez for 5-6 years, never sign Zimmerman, and never trade Verlander. This is all hindsight is 20-20 stuff and it's unlikely it would ever played out this way, but successful franchises keep the guys they should keep and let go of the guys they shouldn't. The Tigers did the opposite,
  10. I'm not sure Cameron has ever been good at AAA.
  11. That was a weird year. Everyone was looking for pitching. Martinez was viewed as a luxury, so everyone in the industry kept saying, because he couldn't play defense and no one really needed more offense. Still can't believe Avila pulled the trigger on that trade weeks before the deadline for middling prospects from a lousy system. It was unsettling then and even more unsettling now.
  12. Honestly, how the heck do the Tigers, or any franchise right now, know what they have in their farm system. I'm not giving Avila a pass. I have little faith that he's the right guy. But prospects have been on the shelf for more than a year now, keeping hidden possible surprises and stunting development of top ranked prospects. If there had been a minor league season last year and at the start of this season some unexpected guys may have emerged (Bryant? Workman? Reyes? to name a few) and the ones with hype may have cemented their status as top ranked guys and be closer to the majors (one or two of Greene, Torkelson, Manning, Dingler, Cabrera?) Of course it's possible there would have been no surprises and everything is as glum as it is right now. But the lost development time is one big reason why the Tigers' AA and AAA rosters look so wretched.
  13. The current White Sox have three starters they acquired through the US draft: Madrigal, Anderson, and Rodon, who, finally, at age 28 may being breaking through. Vaughn could be in this discussion soon. Every other major contributor on the Sox was acquired via trade, free agency, or the international market. As has been mentioned numerous times on this site, a franchise cannot expect to contend relying heavily on talent acquired through the US draft. You must also win trades, be active in the international markets, and make smart free agent acquisitions. The White Sox have done all that. The Sox would be flailing about in the same waters as the Tigers if they hadn't won big on a handful of trades, scored major hits on the international markets, and made a couple of shrewd free agent signings. After 5 years I have seen no evidence that Avila is capable of winning big on trades. He had a chance to turbocharge the rebuild when he dealt two superstars (imagine if Avila had added Jiminez, Moncado, and Giolito in those trades instead of Lugo, et al). In his defense, he has at least ramped up the Tigers activity in the international markets. De la Cruz, Reyes, Campos, and Santana are all intriguing, and if there had been a minor league season last year there may be a bit more optimism about the future (or more pessimism). Anyway, further proof that looking at a franchise's prospect list and projecting that half or more or them will be part of your next contending team is pure folly.
  14. Does a guy who presided over the worst five-season stretch (assuming no surprise turnarounds this year) in Tigers history by winning percentage deserve a sixth season? At least the previous worst five-season stretch, 2001-2005, included a GM change in the middle of it. It's possible you cut Avila some slack because of Covid and the ruinous affect its had on player development. But assuming this season continues on its current path, and you accept last season's truncated results as a true measure of that team, no GM in Tiger history has had a worse five-year stretch.
  15. I couldn't stand Smith. Much as Avila Smith always seemed a day late and a dollar short. In the mid to late 90s teams won by outslugging their opponents. Smith never figured that out. He kept assembling a roster that he thought was a potent offense, but instead it consisted of guys whose profiles would have stood out in the 70s and 80s but fell far short of what was necessary to compete at the time. To his credit, he did churn the roster quite a bit in search of answers, which failed to materialize because he never fully understood how the game was changing. Also to his credit I never felt the Tigers were content with losing. Today, of course, the losing is mostly by design.
  16. I'm not making excuses for the Tigers. They are a dreadfully bad offensive team. My point was that being bad this year means a whole different level of bad than what we saw the previous three years, at least to this point in the season.
  17. Parades is the one guy who could do something. He's 22 with a history of hitting well in the minors and against pitchers who were consistently much older than him. I think it's time to put him and 2B and roll with it.
  18. Offense is way down this year league-wide, so not surprising that 2021 bad is much worse than 2018-2020 bad. Nonetheless, that stat is frightening.
  19. Throw in the shifts and seems the only way to score these days is to hit it over the fence, because stringing together multiple non-HR hits in an inning is becoming more difficult.
  20. The Tigers have lopsided records, on the bad side, with numerous teams over the last few years, not just West Coast teams. It's funny if you talk to fans of other Eastern Time Zone teams they all complain about how inept their teams play on the West Coast.
  21. Didn't Leyland always say that? Or maybe that's what he thought about chemistry.
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