I’m late with this post. I was under the weather most of last week and the weekend. The Tigers play didn’t help any either. They finished the theoretical first half .500 and were fortunate to do so. The first few months of the season they couldn’t score consistently. Their pitching, including the bullpen, paced them to an impressive early season record.
The bats woke up the first week of June. The starting pitching imploded and the bullpen had a Fukushima like meltdown. Since May 16th the Tigers have the worst record in the American league. In June the Tigers bullpen ranked 29th in ERA. In July, so far, some how, they rank only 28th.
What has this taught me? An old lesson that I guess I need to learn over and over no matter how much baseball I watch. If you can’t pitch you can’t win. It is a lot more entertaining to watch a team that hits until you wake and realize you team sucks and isn’t going anywhere.
If your team can pitch it can win no matter how crappy the hitting is. I guess we’ve seen this in practice over the last five to six years. We had sit through an inconsistent offense that would score 10 runs one game then nothing for a week and they found a way to make it to the post season. Granted, we are still waiting for a World Series but we are looking at a team right now that is scoring over six runs a game but can’t pitch a lick. We are seeing a tale of two seasons in one this year. The first two months of the season the Tigers could pitch and couldn’t hit but were winning. The last month and a half they are hitting and can’t pitch and are one of the worst teams in baseball.
Here’s another conclusion i’ve come to. I don’t want to trade Nick “The Quick” Castellanos. I’ve been critical of him. However, He’s young. He’s show’s flashes. He’s homegrown. They need somebody on this team that’s homegrown. Geez. Look around this team Avila and Nick. That’s it.
Speaking of A Squared Money. There’s no hope that Avila is going to hit if he stays behind the plate. I don’t know why they didn’t leave him at first and leave McCann behind the plate. They’re not getting anything from Kraus offensively. His .135 is worse than Avila’s .192. What exactly did they think Kraus was going to give them? Put Avila back a first. McCann behind the plate. Wait for Miggy to come back. Get what you can for Price. He’s not staying. The Tigers aren’t going anywhere this year. Start planning for 2016.
FYI: You need a whole bullpen.