Jarrod Washburn and Aubrey Huff, I'm Calling You Out

Matt SCorrespondent IAugust 23, 2009

ANAHEIM, CA - AUGUST 12:  Starting pitcher Jarrod Washburn #56 of the Seattle Mariners reacts after giving up a solo home run to Juan Rivera #21 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim during a game at Angel Stadium on August 12, 2008 in Anaheim, California.  (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

I know Jarrod Washburn's only been in Detroit for a month. I realize Aubrey Huff only got to town a week ago.

But that doesn't change the fact that the Tigers need them to perform at a high level.
Oh yeah, and I mean right now.
Jarrod Washburn was brought in to shore up a pitching staff that was being counted on to carry the team into the playoffs. What's he done so far? He's posted a 0-1 record with a 6.04 ERA in four starts.
It's time for Jarrod to dial it in. And I don't mean just start pitching better, Luke French was doing that, he needs to start recording wins, and fast.
Aubrey Huff was acquired to drive in runs. The Tigers offense had been scuffling all year and Huff was hitting .324 with runners in scoring position. How's he done as a Tiger? He's hitting at a .133 clip (0-5 with RISP) with a single RBI.
I'm not naive enough to think that this is how they'll perform the rest of the season, they're both bound to play better, I just hope they understand that these games count.
Toto, I have the feeling they're not in Kansas anymore.
This isn't Seattle. This isn't Baltimore.
The Tigers are in the midst of a division race and every game—every win matters.
Washburn and Huff were brought here to do a job, and they need to start doing it.