Fister Trade A Good One?

This article, hat tip Nebraska, makes the case and it is hard to argue with.

http://www.detroitnews.com/story/sports/mlb/tigers/2015/04/16/mlb-insider-tigers-greene-making-up-for-fister-trade/25903481/

Fister essentially turned into Shane Greene and two starts in, Greene is SMOKIN’ BALLS!!

This is the most intriguing part of the article:

Dombrowski, though, pulled the trigger the first chance he had, when the Diamondbacks came calling in November and early December. And make no mistake, they wanted Ray. The deal could not have been done without Ray. They liked infield prospect Domingo Leyba, too, but Ray was the prize — and they never considered another Tigers pitching prospect. I had long been under the impression Arizona would’ve settled for another Tigers pitching prospect, since the Tigers have several nice ones, thus continuing to rule the Fister trade an uncharacteristic gaffe by Dombrowski.

“And make not mistake, they wanted Ray.”?  Too much peyote perhaps? 🙂  They can have him.  We’ll take Greene.

Tigers 1 Pirates 0

WOW!  The Tigers got their second straight shut out win over the Pirates and took the three game series, in a place they historically don’t play well, 2-1.

What can I say about Alfredo Simon, he was SMOKIN’ BALLS!

I wasn’t expecting much from this series.  The Tigers struggles in Pittsburgh have been well documented and I wasn’t sure what they’d get from Simon.  I didn’t think he looked that good in his first start.  I surely wasn’t expecting an eight inning, two hit, shut out.

Going into this series I figured the Tigers would have a chance in the first two games, with Sanchez and Greene pitching, but not much with Simon going tonight.  I thought this was a throw away game.  I was wrong and glad for it.

Is it too early to say I might be wrong about Soria as well?  I hope so.

Nebraska, to answer your question, “Someone remind me tomorrow why we let the pitcher lead off the eighth inning with over 90 pitches and a day off Thursday?” I think you answered it yourself. BULLPEN! Remember, with this bullpen, less is more.

I like 8-1.

Tigers 2 Pirates 0

After almost two times through the rotation, Shane Greene is the ace of the Tigers staff.  He dispatched the Pirates lineup with the precision and efficiency of a Swiss timepiece. I really wanted him to get a chance to complete the game but I sort of understand the move to bring Victor in.  Speaking of Victor, he doesn’t like right to me.  Anyway, Greene needed only 81 pitches to get through 8 complete, scoreless, innings, a virtual masterpiece, albeit unfinished.

J.D. Martinez, Ian Kinsler, and Jose Iglesias all flashed some leather today and the Tigers got a win in a place where they don’t get many.

The offense left 10 men on base but we can cut them some slack. They scored enough for the W.

It would be nice for a series win tomorrow.

I like 7-1.

Tigers 7 Twins 1

Nebraska’s prediction of a 162-0 season got one game closer as the Tigers completed the sweep of the Twins.

Shane Greene was smokin’ balls!  One game into his Tigers career he looks like the guy we saw last year.

And looooky here, the Tigers offense put up 7 runs one game after scoring 11.

Three games into the season we’ve seen some good signs.  First, Anibal didn’t implode in the 6th inning yesterday and second, the offense didn’t go into hibernation after an explosion the game before.

I’m not making World Series plans but I’ll take 3-0.

On a different note, did anyone see the Red Wings game last night?  I’ve never felt so shitty about clinching a playoff spot. Jimmy Howard is an abomination.  In an important game like that, when his team is fighting for a playoff spot and gets him three goals on Carey Price, he gives up three goals that go right through him, two, from ridiculous angles.

And I don’t want to see Brendan Smith in a Red Wings uniform after this year.  In fact, after the stunt he pulled to put the Wings two men down late in the third, up by a goal, I don’t want to see him period.

Tigers 4 Mariners 2

OK, I don’t get it. How can the Tigers put together solid at-bats up and down the lineup, drive up the pitch count, score two runs on seven hits, and drive one of the best pitchers in baseball from the game in only five innings? This is same offense who made Shane Greene and Chris Capuano look like Cy Young candidates.

This game doesn’t seem like an anomaly either? Remember the Angels series in Anaheim? The Tigers scored six runs in game one, when Garrett Richards pitched, then took the next three games off.

If the Tigers offense only decides to concentrate when they face a good pitcher that might be worse than actually sucking. That means they only play when they feel like it.

I’m not sure what to make of this team.

Price was excellent tonight. I was surprised BA left him in when he got in trouble in the eighth but perhaps the Arizona and Toronto series taught him a lesson.

The shit bird, Joe Nathan, pitched the ninth. I was surprised by the crowd’s reaction, or lack thereof. The crowd really didn’t boo or cheer him. It was quiet and kind of strange. (h/t to my cousin Bob & Nebraska for emailing me the link to this story.)

One more thing, up yours Nathan you shit bird.

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