Like any team in baseball, the Detroit Tigers are not perfect.
In Vegas, they are still the favorites to win it all this year.
However, lately, they look like a team that can barely win the Central Division.
The starting pitching is in a funk and the offense is hit or miss. The bullpen is in pieces and the one we thought would be fine is Joe Nathan, who has struggled so far this season. On the flip side, Joba Chamberlain has been a pleasant surprise for the Tigers.
For me, I could pick apart the lack of offensive production from the shortstop, and third base (only recently). But the offense will come around for the Tigers. During the summer months, it always seems to find a way to get the job done. It’s the bullpen that scares me.
While everyone will want to make a trade for another top reliever, I don’t think that is necessary. I think what Dave Dombrowski needs to do is trade for a veteran starter who can fill in the fifth spot and can teach the younger guys a thing or two. Someone who has post-season experience. That will they can put Drew Smyly back in the bullpen, a role he felt comfortable with and gave the Tigers solid innings from last season.
With all this said, there is still long way to go.
Heck, there is even enough time for Phil Coke to turn it around (He probably won’t). But positively thinking, the Tigers will be just fine and the starting pitching will be the strength of the team again. And don’t be surprised when Dombrowski makes a move before the deadline next move. He always seems to find someone he thinks that can help this team in October.
For now, sit back and enjoy all the games either at Comerica Park or on FSD with Mario and Rod. Since they won’t play it on the broadcast, this one’s for you Rod. Still one of the best videos I’ve seen.