Thursday, September 23, 2010

Just some baseball thoughts...

The Tigers will be contenders next season, if for no other reason than they will have Justin Verlander and Max Scherzer leading their starting pitching rotation. The key will be Rick Porcello. He must return to the form he displayed the second half of his rookie season.

- Curtis Granderson has bounced back well in New York. He has 21 home runs, 14 in 208 at bats since the All Star break. His OPS the second half of the season is .862. Wouldn't surprise me if he has a huge postseason.

- It's amazing how the best clubs find a way to get it done come September. Look at how the Phillies are rolling into the postseason.

- Love the National League West race. Makes for some great late night viewing. Colorado-Arizona, San Diego-Dodgers tonight. Oh, no question I will watch the Vin Scully broadcast...

- Count me among those who thinks the worse Adam Dunn does down the stretch of the season, the better the chances the Tigers will land him. They need his left-handed power. Desperately.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

The Tigers were contenders the first half of this season with Verlander and (basically) no Scherzer.

The Tigers were not contenders the second half of this season with Verlander and Scherzer.

They may be contenders next season, but not because they have Verlander and Scherzer, though it certainly won't hurt. Wasn't enough this season, no reason to believe it will be next season.

11:38 AM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Still a Granderson slappy, huh Pat? His second half stats are comparable to Ryan Raburn, but not as good. Raburn's 2nd half average is about 60 points higher.

Granderson has found his level and will always hit .250 with 20 or so HRs and 75 RBI.

1:48 PM 
Blogger Stephen said...

I don't know Pat, both Verlander and Scherzer have ERA's in the 3.40's and 30+ starts, how much more of leaders can they be? It led to a .500 record. To go from mediocre to contenders I think we are at the point we NEED Dunn or another big player. Will waiting around hoping Porcello turns it around or praying that Maggs stays healthy make up 15 games for us?! This is a frustrating team to be a fan of!

1:53 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Pat,
Verlander and Scherzer are nice, nobody on the Twins can match that but it's never enough for the Tigers to beat them.
As for Dunn, I think the Tigers need some roster adjustments, Inge and Ordonez have been ok for a number of years but I think sometimes teams need new blood. Change the mix.
I am a huge Granderson fan. I think he had a bad wheel in the 1st half of the season, for happy to see his success, take that LH!

Alan
Alan

9:18 PM 
Blogger Glen J Stroup (WiredTiger) said...

The Tigers could have an elite Top 3 next year.

I would love to get Adam Dunn but only if he's willing to DH. They can't put him in the OF and 1B is taken.

10:22 AM 
Blogger msu1983 said...

No amount of desperation should cause interest in Adam Dunn. He is THE most overrated 'power' guy in all of MLB. Don't talk about his walks or his "OPS" His home runs and RBI come most often after a game has been settled. Trust me on this, he is a great fantasy league player but a cancer in the clubhouse and a waste of ten million bucks!!!

12:21 PM 
Blogger Pat Caputo said...

Anonymous,
I think if you have all three of those guys rolling at the same time at the top of the rotation it'd make the Tigers very difficult to beat.
Caputo

12:41 PM 
Blogger Pat Caputo said...

Anonymous,
I will go on record as saying Ryan Raburn is not as good a player as Curtis Granderson.
Caputo

12:46 PM 
Blogger Pat Caputo said...

Stephen,
Scherzer wasn't very good the first half of the season and spent some time in the minor leagues. Porcello hasn't had a good season overall, either. All three together would have made a difference.
Caputo

12:48 PM 
Blogger Pat Caputo said...

Alan,
That much is true. No doubt the Tigers must augment their lineup.
Caputo

12:48 PM 
Blogger Pat Caputo said...

Glen J. Stroup (Wired Tiger),
He'd have to agree to DH some, but unlikely won't all the time. Left field might be spot. Means Jackson has to cover a lot of ground, but he is already doing that.
Caputo

12:49 PM 
Blogger Pat Caputo said...

msu1983,
Don't know about the cancer in the clubhouse, but has a lot of holes in his game. But power is at premium in the game right now - and he has great power.
Caputo

12:51 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Tigers will have to exact same season as this year, contending early but eventually playing .500 through the end of year.

There is nothing that would indicate that there will be anything different.

Need to shore up starting pitching, defense. Need a power left hand hitter. Bye, bye Damon.

We need to have players hit with men in scoring position. This year was a disaster.

Browski has to make some significant changes or we're back to the middle of MLB teams.

7:14 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Tigers will have to exact same season as this year, contending early but eventually playing .500 through the end of year.

There is nothing that would indicate that there will be anything different.

Need to shore up starting pitching, defense. Need a power left hand hitter. Bye, bye Damon.

We need to have players hit with men in scoring position. This year was a disaster.

Browski has to make some significant changes or we're back to the middle of MLB teams.

7:14 PM 

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