The Tigers failed to complete their first three game sweep since very early in the season. The Rays absolutely mutilated Tigers pitching and the offense did nothing. The game was pretty much decided when Miggy struck out in the bottom of the fifth with the score 3-0, with runners on second and third and two out. After that, the Rays added on and the Tigers never threatened again.
I heard a rumor. Supposedly Ron Gardenhire will be the next Tigers manager. Again, supposedly, it is a “done” deal and will be announced shortly after the season is over. The comments are not too complimentary of the former Twins manager on the site the rumor is posted on.
I’m not sure what to think to think anymore. Gardenhire was one of my favorite managers for a long time but Sark made me rethink that position. Paul Molitor seems to have done a good job with the same team Gardenhire had problems with. Also, I’m not really sure what to think about the job Ausmus has done. The Tigers have had horrible injuries to key players with no farm system. Ausmus can only call on who he has available. What else is he going to do?
After the first two months of the season, the Tigers have had two reliable arms out of the pen, Wilson and Hardy. They had 1.5 reliable starters, David Price and Alfredo Simon. After Price got traded, Verlander became serviceable but Simon fell from half a reliable starter to a quarter of a reliable starter.
The offense has been pretty much feast or famine. I guess the one thing I could put on Ausmus is the atrocious base running. The Tigers make so many outs on the bases that it is hard to stomach and it costs them especially in close games. Also, Dave Clark might be the worst third base coach in the history of baseball. But it is hard to put this abomination of a season on the shoulders of BA.
This team is a mess and I’m not sure a new manager is going to fix anything. This team seems to play hard for BA for whatever that is worth.