The Blue Jays avoided a sweep by putting 10 runs on the Tigers pitching staff, seven off of former Cy Young winner, Justin Verlander. For four innings JV looked pretty good. He surrendered only one run in the first off of a bloop double and a ground ball single then retired 13 straight. He got into trouble in the fifth and that was all she wrote.
Ausmus found no relief in the pen either. VerHagen, Wilson, Hardy and Farrell didn’t look very sharp collectively. That being said, when a team scores seven off the starter you probably aren’t going to win too many of those games.
I was really impressed with former Tigers prospect and current Jays second baseman Devon Travis. It is a small sample size but he looks like a keeper. I’m not sure if you saw Mike’s comment, from Minoring in Baseball, from yesterday’s post. Yesterday when McCann picked off Travis at first it was an “all Whitecaps play, McCann to Avila, picking off Travis.” There is something nice about homegrown talent. Unfortunately there is not a lot of it on the Tigers. Which brings me to another thing I’ve been thinking about.
Dave Dombrowski’s philosophy seems to be draft power arms then trade them for what you need to fill out the roster. It is hard to argue with the success he’s had with the trades he’s made. The Tigers have gotten the better end of the vast majority of his deals. However, shouldn’t baseball be littered with former Tigers pitchers? The only one I can think of that is still around is Andrew Miller? Is the scouting that bad that nobody the Tigers scout and draft ever pans out anywhere? I guess Cameron Maybin looks like he’s turned things around but he’s not a pitcher, but who else?