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Tigers solid now,bullpen remain the cracks in foundation

#1 by pinkpink , Sun Apr 23, 2017 5:52 pm

This is no way to live. Not for the long-term, anyway. Not when your backup catcher and a couple of fresh arrivals from the minors are your most reliable offensive weapons.
OK, fine, itís a fluke that Jim Adduci, John Hicks and Alex Avila lead the Tigers Francois Beauchemin Womens Jersey batting average and slugging percentage after the first three weeks of the season. Adduci has been with the team for a few hours; Hicks only a couple of days.Their effort over the weekend in Minneapolis makes for a nice story. It would take an especially cynical soul not to feel good for Adduci, who, at 31, probably figured his major league career was finished.
The Canadian-born outfielder Ė and sometimes first baseman Ė hadnít played in the bigs since 2014. And that stint with Texas wasnít too memorable Ė he hit .168 for the season.
So when he arrived from the Toledo Mud Hens via Lehigh Valley, Pa., today, he didnít figure to hammer out three hits, knock in two runs, and generally look like a better option at the plate than the player he replaced, centerfielder Jacoby Jones.And he probably isnít. Itís not easy to outrun your resume in this game.Which is what we might say of Avila, too. But http://www.officialavalancheauthentic.com/Francois_Beauchemin_Jersey then the No. 2 catcher keeps hitting homers and knocking in runs Ė heís tied for the fifth most RBIs on the team with seven. Thatís saying something for a part-time player.
Thatís also saying something for the state of the Tigersí offense. It hasnít been good. It has, however, been opportunistic.
Until today's 13-4 win over Minnesota, the Tigers hadnít beaten a team by more than three runs. In fact, six of their 10 wins have come by two runs or fewer. This makes the bullpen issues starker, because the team is involved in close games. But letís get to the bullpen in a minute.
Because weíre discussing the offense.
As usual, the Tigersí model involves hitting homers and bombs into the gaps. As a strategy, itís not awful. Yet relying on older sluggers to slug is risky, as you already know, because of health.
One of the teamís most important sluggers, J.D. Martinez, hasnít played this season due to a foot injury. Now, Miguel Cabrera, the most important slugger, is on the 10-day disabled list with a groin strain.
Thatís not good, especially because Cabrera was just beginning to find his rhythm. But also because these sorts of minor injuries are what can bog down power hitters in their 30s.
For this offense to work, Martinez and Cabrera and Victor Martinez have to stay on Alexei Kovalev Authentic Jersey the field. Avila, Hicks and Adduci canít carry this offense. Nor can Jose Iglesias, who third on the team in batting average among everyday players.
Iglesias is, of course, also out, currently on the 7-day concussion disabled list. When he returns, whatever the Tigers get from his bat will be a bonus.
The production has to come from Ian Kinsler, Nick Castellanos and the middle of the order. History tells us Kinsler and Castellanos should hit. If they do, and the big guys stay healthy, this offense will be fine.
Then again, thatís a lot of ifs, and we havenít gotten back to the bullpen yet. Right now, itís the worst in the American League.
This isnít my opinion. This is based on both earned run average and WHIP, walks http://www.authenticcanadiensonline.com/Authentic-Alexei-Emelin-Jersey and hits per innings pitched.
Numbers, though, donít tell us exactly whatís going on with the weakest part of the team. There are some good, even very good, arms in the bullpen. When and how they are used is the question.
Justin Wilson, the left-hander, has been the Tigersí best reliever. Alex Wilson, the right-hander, has been the second-best.
After that, itís an acid churn when anyone else takes the mound. Closer Francisco Rodriguez is obviously not the pitcher he was even a year ago. He gave up another homer Saturday afternoon.

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