51 year old male who grew up on baseball. Watched, played and coached.
The Detroit Tigers Don’t Need Pitching
The talk around the league is that the Detroit Tigers are in need of pitching and are possibly already looking. In this writers opinion that is going to be a big mistake. With Verlander, Porcello pitching well and Bonderman having three good starts in a row, Scherzer finally showing why the Tigers were willing to part with both Granderson and E. Jackson. The Tigers will be in fine shape with their pitching.
What’s the Tigers real problem? Let me tell you it is the bottom third of this batting order. Inge with a batting Ave. of .237 and OBP of .302, Laird batting .158 and showing no sign of improving, Everett batting .190, Avila batting .192. Combined that is a .194 batting Ave with 37 RBI’s all together and Inge has twenty three of those, that is thirteen RBI’s between the other three. We are a quarter of the way through the season and that is just not going to work. That is where the problem is, sure most bottom third’s of any major league ball team are there weak spots. But, this is ridiculous. Most teams have one or two players who can produce on consistent basis. What the Tigers have are three automatic outs on a consistent basis.
Any major league team that has such a glaring problem needs to do something. Trade for a 3rd baseman, shortstop, or catcher any one of three will improve that horrid bottom third. The bigger problem facing them is the majority of probable trades (I.E. free agents at the end of the season) are 1st baseman or outfielders. So, the Tigers have a decision to make. Give up some of more of that talent at the minor league level to get a bat in the bottom third or stand pat and trade for another arm. If that happens, you can quote me. “The Tigers will not even come close to making it as the Wild Card”.