Tuesday, July 27, 2010

It'd be reprehensible if the Tigers pull the chute on this season

There are a number of different philosophies about the Tigers’ current plight.
Mine is based on what I refer to as the "don’t quit theory."
There is no sugar-coating what happened to the Tigers Monday night. Getting no hit is humiliating, and making matters worse, it just as easily could have been a perfect game. The Tigers did, indeed, look like Toledo North. The players called up from the minor leagues were hopelessly overmatched by Matt Garza, who essentially threw little more than well-placed fastballs to quell Detroit’s hitters.
But in the big picture, it was just one game. The Tigers are still only three back in late July.
This theory they are injury-depleted and deciding whether they should make a move based on this road trip to Tampa Bay and Boston is ridiculous. They need help NOW. There are some younger players/prospects that should be untouchable in deals - Jacob Turner, Daniel Fields, Rick Porcello, Andrew Oliver and, probably, Brennan Boesch and Charlie Furbush. After that, everybody should be on the table to make a deal for a hitter or two. The sooner the better.
Look at clubs like Pittsburgh, Washington and Baltimore, who never get into this position and are constantly rebuilding. The Tigers exist for one reason: To get to this spot and try to strike.
Given their current state, it’s unlikely the Tigers can beat out the White Sox and Twins and win the A.L.. Central. But that doesn’t mean they shouldn’t try.
The White Sox were supposed to be done early this season, and rallied without their best pitcher, Jake Peavy. The Twins haven’t pulled the chute, despite losing Joe Nathan and Justin Morneau. Just the opposite. Last season, when Morneau went out with a season-ending injury, the Twins responded by winning 17 of their next 21 games - and ultimately catching the Tigers. One major reason why: An in-season deal for veteran starting pitcher Carl Pavano.
For years, the Twins have been haunting the Tigers with "players just up from their farm system."
Here’s some unsolicited advice for the Tigers owner Mike Ilitch and his front office: Go for it, albeit in a calculated way, but go for it nonetheless.
You know the White Sox and Twins, in the same circumstance, would.

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Blogger Barry said...

Pat I agreed, they must make a move to get a bat not just to save the season but to protect next year draft pick. When the Tigers sign a Type A next year, isn’t better to lose a top 25 pick in comparison losing a Top 12 pick. If they are in the Top 12 in next year draft, then they might not sign a Type A player.

2:27 PM 
Anonymous William Laimbeer said...

Yo Pat, respekt. I think your blog is spot on dawg. We should get together sometime and eat chilli dogz. Talk to you later.

4:26 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well, Pat, we've got 4 more days for your plea to come true.

Appreciate every fan's hope here. Detroit fans are great.

But went to game on Sunday, and that lineup is a disaster.

Too bad. We had a chance to get out of this hard schedule run thru mid-August to make a run.

But we're done. We're like a beached mackerel. Bye, bye.

6:02 PM 
Anonymous Michael C said...

It would be more comparable to the Twins if they lost Morneau, Kubel, and Cuddyer. We only have 2 proven veterans in our lineup right now, and we already likely weren't good enough before the injuries.

Last year it would've made more sense to go out and make a big trade. This year, our season seems to be over. We can't hit and we can't pitch consistently. May as well save our prospects and our money to go after some big free agents in the off season.

10:19 PM 
Blogger Pat Caputo said...

I wouldn't be too worried about the draft right now. They need to make some trades to help the team before it's too late. One more bat last night might have won them that games. Instead, it's like a surrender.

12:29 PM 
Blogger Pat Caputo said...

You still have play it out, but I agree it isn't looking two good for the Tigers after the first two games in Tampa.

12:30 PM 
Blogger Pat Caputo said...

Michael C,
They did make two big trades near the deadline last year - and they didn't pan out. But I understand your point.

12:31 PM 

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