The Tigers downed the Orioles 5-1 tonight at Comerica Park. Besides the win, there was a lot I liked about the game.
First, the Tigers scored early and added on runs but the thing I really liked the most was Jim Leyland’s use of the bullpen. After 6 strong innings from Scherzer, Leyland brought in Smyly for the seventh. Smyly got the O’s in order on 9 or 10 pitches. I was elated when Leyland sent Smyly out for the 8th and speechless when he let him pitch the 9th. I thought for sure Leyland was going to replace Smyly after the 7th.
Scherzer moved his record to 10-0, the first time since 1909 that a Tiger pitcher has started a season this well.
On a different note, I’m very concerned that the Tigers are going to trade Rick Porcello sometime this year for a closer. I hope I’m wrong and here are my reasons:
1) I have to admit it, like Avila, I’ve liked Porcello since they brought him up
2) I really think that Rickey is going to turn into a top of the rotation pitcher and would like to see him reach that potential in a Tiger uniform
3) I hate giving up prospects and/or paying closers a lot of money. This thinking is probably influenced by my reading of Money Ball. Billy Beane says he can always find a closer and he has the track record to prove it.
I guess I don’t have an answer for the closer problem but I’d hate to see another trade like the John Smoltz for Doyle Alexander trade. It is true Alexander was great down the stretch in 1987 but the Tigers didn’t win the World Series and Smoltz became a hall of famer.
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