A big congrats for a top 10 ranking

To the readers and commenters who have frequented the blog this season and made it their place to vent this season. I knew there were a lot of you, a lot more than in years past, but now there’s some proof. According to the folks that track these things, you guys made this blog sixth out of all MLBlogs in terms of page views over the past seven days.

UN-believable. And this was a week in which we didn’t have much news over the All-Star break, the link to the blog was mistakenly pushed out of the headlines on the team site one day, and I was off for the past few days while the Tigers dismantled the Royals (maybe I should’ve worked after all).

As someone who remembers when this blog barely drew flies two years ago, all I can say is that you all have made this blog what it is, not me. I’ve tried to live up to what I said heading into the season, that I would blog more often, but for many of you, coming back day after day is what makes this thing work. Otherwise, let’s be honest, that old Catholic guilt to post more often might not kick in as often as it does. In any case, thanks for letting me be a part of this.

The overall top 10 blog list is at the bottom of the link above. The top 25 list at the top is for fan blogs. Congratulations, folks.

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Jason, congrats to you for sticking it out with the BLOG and allowing it to find a persoanlity of its own. I don’t like to think of it in this way, but it actually means a lot to me. The passion of Tiger fans is well served here. Thanks.
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We have some folks who like Sheffield in the lineup and some who don’t. I am in the “don’t ” group.
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He has hit better since coming off the DL, but only marginally better. This week in KC he went 2 x 13 and had 4 RBI. 3 of those RBI came on a meaningless HR in th eblowout win when the tigrs had 12 runs at the time.
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The only important AB he had was the sac fly yesterday.
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He’s leaving men on and he’s not hitting in the clutch.
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IMO, you can slide Thames in their as DH if you don’t use Guillen there. Raburn can play LF too if Thames DHs.
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Renteria is not playing as bad as he was. That’s really not saying much. Santtiago would be a breath of fresh air at short.
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Nice to see the ballclub firing on all cylinders in KC. Great pitching and good hitting. The WhiteSox will be a challenge.

I agree, thanks to you Jason, you make it feel like you are part of the blog…not just reporting. Also the input from the veterans Rich, Dan, Marty and Ty (haven’t heard from him in a while) along with some stable newcomers make this an interesting site to visit. I usually try to throw my 10 cents in…but usually worth about 2 cents. ;)
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Was going to the game this Saturday, but was just informed that I will be going to a wedding this weekend…::sigh::…ahhh, what we do for love…

Thanks Jason for providing this forum. I am a new poster but read this most of last season and I love the insights I get here, I learn a lot since I don’t tend to look into things on my own much.

What a great sweep that was, feels good to take it to the Royals. Cabrera had a heck of a series and the pitching was lights out. Looking forward to the weekend series, am hoping for 2 out of 3 for the series win. Robertson worries me for tomorrow, hope he brings his best. I just hope the offense keeps going and doesn’t press knowing that this series could get us much closer to the top.

Go Tigers!

Congrats bloggers.. i feel a sense of accomplishment.. looking at the top 10 list.. it doesn’t appear that all the ones ahead of us are team fan blogs.. it looks from the titles we’re 3rd as far as team blogs behind dodgers and yankees.
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Robertson will probably pitch decent enough tomorrow to make the tigers forget that he’s the worst starter in the AL (ERA) for another week. Too bad we don’t get to hit off him..
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CC Sabathia is gonna win 30 games, with an era under 1.00 if he pitches in the cupcake league next year.. It’s rediculous what he’s doing to them.

Thanks for the forum Jason. I believe there are a lot of fans who don’t have forums out there like we do.
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Now regarding Nate, he is worrisome. The problem is that you don’t know what Nate you are going to get the guy who pitched 9 against Seattle and St Louis (or 2006 Nate)or the guy who pitched in Baltimore. Squandering a 6 run lead in my opinion was pretty bad. Now frankly the pitching in that night in Baltimore was pretty bad all the way around except for Rodney. Come to think of it other than Verlander it wasn’t very good at all.
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Sheffield, I am not necessarily ready to give up on him. And Joyce maybe looks like he is cooling off a bit the last few games. That double yesterday was fortunate. (Not anywhere near ready to dump Joyce don’t get me wrong) But anyway back to Sheff, and Thames. Thames always gets put in at left when there is a lefty on the the mound if you actually look at his stats, he hits righties better. In my opinion put Sheff in for now at DH when there is a lefty on the mound and definately put Thames in at DH when there is a righty. Then give Thames a little more time in the field against righties as well. But I am of the opinion that Thames is not an everyday player. He seems to perform better with the bat when he sits out for a day and feels like he has to prove himself. IMO.

Speaking of blogs. I follow granderson (@ ESPN)all the time and I also read Robertson’s last year. This is Nate’s link.
http://naterobertson.mlblogs.com/
What happened to Nate? The bad year have him to down to blog or he just extra busy this year?

I love this place.First time I`ve ever been congratulated for talking so much.Go Tigers!

Nate and I (we’d been working together on the blog) agreed not to do the blog this year. With the new baby, he has his hands full as it is. Plus, with Curtis’ blog and Todd Jones writing every week, the Tigers are pretty well represented in the media.

As for the blog rankings, you’re right, Chad, the top 10 blogs aren’t fan blogs. There are four beat writer blogs on the list; this one is second to the Yankees and just ahead of the Indians and Cardinals, all of which are also very interesting blogs if you ever want to check those out.

Leyland is thinking that Sheffield will snap out of it and Renteria as well. If this were May or June I could see the strategy but we are now in August. How long can you sacrifice ABs and defense?
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We all know Inge is not going to hit a ton. He does get the job done though and at timjes can produce–especially when he cuts down on his swing and goes with the pitch. IMO, he can be “ordered” to do this. Something like :”Brandon, you want to play 3rd? Well then get your swing under control and stop going fro the fences and the job is yours”. The confidence he itransmits to the pitching staff is immeasurable.
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Right now here are the comparable stats:

G Sheffield
222 AB 27 R 49 H 7 HR 24 RBI .221
B Inge
169 AB 21 R 37 H 7 HR 27 RBI .219
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Seems sensible to me that you can:
A) Improve your defense by putting Inge in
B) Improve your offense by haveing Carlos at DH

You guys should be proud of yourselves although I’m new to posting, I’ve been reading your blogs all along. This says a lot about the Detroit fans. I’m going on a work bus trip to the game tomorrow night there will be 35 of us (two Sox fans) either it will be a very exciting ride home or a very quiet ride home. Hopefully Nate can shake off that terrible game last Saturday. Then me and my daughter have tix to Sunday’s game with Miner on the mound. So hopefully they can take two out of three. Go Tigers!!

Hey, that’s great about the ranking. I just feel lucky to have like-minded Tiger fans to talk to. There aren’t many in these parts. Sometimes I have to remind myself that there are who knows how many people out there reading what we write. Jason, thanks again for your volunteer work in posting this blog. It’s much appreciated.
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I’m in the group that wants Sheffield in the lineup if he’s HITTING. My guess is he’s got till the end of this month. Your last post, Dan, is right on. Makes all the sense in the world to me too, but JL won’t do it. The only change I might make to that is moving Carlos to short to finish this season. We can take a fresh look at it all in the offseason.
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–Rich

Jason – I used to read Nate’s and noticed it was gone, and also read Curtis’ but have not found anything with Jones. Can anyone help me out and send me a link for that or let me know where to find it?

Well, Jason, you might not want credit but I’m going to give you some anyway…
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You’re doing an excellent job covering the Tigers. If there weren’t so many people following your work on MLB.com, there wouldn’t be so many finding their way to the blog. Thanks for the continuing efforts.
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Looking forward to the big series this weekend.
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matt

Tiger Girl, I don’t have a direct link right now, but Todd Jone’s blog is over at Sportingnews.com. It has a good sized archive, so you have some enjoyable reading to do. Very good stuff there.
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–Rich

Thanks Rich!

This series with the Sox just might be the determining series of the season. I know we got 6 games left with them after these 3, but all of those are away, and they are pretty darn tough at their place. We simply have to take 2 of 3 or we make it pretty tough on ourselves if we don’t. To me, this would be do or die for Nate. Another outing like Baltimore and I would be all in favor of his move to the bullpen with Lopez getting a chance to start. Heck, Durbin was performing the same role as Lopez last year primarily long relief, and he threw well, I recall, as a starter. Why not give it a chance and trade roles for Robertson and Lopez? We have reached a point in the season where we can’t give games away (like the 6 run lead in Baltimore).

–Ed–

The absence of Bonderman and Willis has left us needing to depend on Nate. You won’t find a better pitcher in trade at this time (and that is not a compliment) so that’s that. I know I’d never bet hard earned money on how he’d do in any given start, but he’s just going to have to get ‘er done.
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In the same vein, we have the Sheffield/Renteria debate. Now, I admit I can get on JL as much as anyone, especially this season, but he can only do so much. We’ve offered a few viable suggestions for sure, but switching people around has to stop at some point. These are highly paid professionals and they just need to produce. And may I throw a dammit onto the end of that sentence?
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I’m not letting our ol’ coot off the hook that easily, rest assured. :-) He can still give more time to Santiago. For a manager who likes to play everybody, he sure leaves Razor sitting there an awful lot. I was about to suggest Thames against more righties and Sheff held for lefties, but I see you’ve already suggested that, GK. Very astute. I will offer that Thames is seeing a lot more PT this year, so there’s only so much complaining to do on that score. Joyce bears watching right now, as the next 10 days or so will tell us if he’s the guy for the stretch run. He had a terrific streak, and now more adjustments will have to be made.
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Finally, Brandon Inge would improve his hitting to the nth degree if he’d quit with that check swing business. That drives me absolutely up the wall. He takes himself right out of ABs with that habit. Bill Freehan, great as he was, had the same problem. Brandon, I don’t want to see that bat until you plan to use it. :-)
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–Rich

Sheffield is hitting .250 in his last 7 games.
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He is hitting .207 for July.
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He is hitting .130 with 2 out and RISP this season
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He is hitting .178 with runners on this season
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He is hitting .204 against lefties with 6 RBIs
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Marcus Thames numbers against RHP and LHP are pretty balanced. He is certainaly hitting LHP far better than Sheffield is. To be fair hse is actually hitting worse than Sheff with 2 out and RISP
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Perhaps the important thing to think about here in a comparison of what your DH can do for (or to) your offense:
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Sheffield has hit into TEN DPs (That’s 10-in 222 AB)!!!

Marcus has hit into TWO DPs (Thats 2 in 199 AB)

Jason, thank you for keeping this thing going. That’s coming from one of the “flies” who was here two years ago. The thing about this blog is people are reasonably polite and it’s not a foul environment like a lot of blogs. We can have disagreements, but there are no personal attacks. That’s a rare thing, looking around the internet. There are so many blogs full of childishnes and insults. Please keep up the good work.
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Oh yeah, and GO TIGERS!

Dan, we posted at the same time. I agree on Sheff, and I will be very upset if he plays every day from here on out. They’ve got a little chance now, and Sheff is not producing. It’s time to platoon him or DL him again.

Steve, excellent point about the atmosphere here. It is a rare thing indeed these days.
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I agree that Sheffield and Renteria have done relatively little. This lineup that was supposed to “strike fear” has relied mainly on the guys who have done it for us the past three years, plus Cabrera. Maybe that will be enough. In the end, we’ve brought up rookies who have outperformed these two stars, and that’s not acceptable. I think we will need production from these two if we’re going to carry it through. If we end up winning it with Thames, Inge, and Santiago, there’s a certain GM who won’t be looking too good. It will be interesting, that’s for sure.
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–Rich

How cool to win an award. I’m more of a reader than a poster- so congrats to the guys who keep this thing going everyday.

On a sidenote- my family got the opportunity to spend the afternoon with Curtis Granderson today. My kids took batting practice with him and then we all had lunch at HockeyTown Cafe. Everything you hear about him is true- nicest guy in the world! We are lucky to have him on our team. It was a day we’ll never forget. I’d post a picture on here if I knew how.

Funny, he didn’t know the Tigers had the best record in baseball over the last month- imagine that!

Can’t wait for the series this weekend!

-Tracey

Hey Jason,
Thanks for faithfully keeping this forum going. It’s been a great source of enjoyment for me for a while now. I think I started somewhere near the beginning of 2006. Our first big controversy, I believe, was the sending down of Chris Sheldon after his phenomenal start, and the acquisition of Sean Casey…….and the controversies have continued since. Hey, without controversy what would we have to discuss?
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My only negative remark would be that this is addictive. It really is. My family kids me about my preoccupation with it. But I’ll not be shamed by such ridicule, and so I will press on…….
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Where is Rube? I miss that guy. He loved Cuban cigars. He affectionately referred to Carlos as Carlito as I recall. I always enjoyed his stories. He was personable and entertaining. Jason, is any of the old stuff archived or is it gone for good? Would love to read some of those old entries.
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I know I’ve learned a great deal on the subtleties and strategies of the game since joining this blog. And regardless of differences of opinion, people on this site are respectful of each other, and there are some pretty smart people here too. There’s always something new to learn about this game. That’s the beauty of baseball.
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Speaking of respect, Caledonia, I got to apologize about jumping on your comment a week or so ago, following the All Star Game. You supported fan voting and I was against. I’m still against fan voting, but I got a little snippy in my rebuttal. Sorry about that Caledonia, guess I’m getting grumpy in my old age………..You didn’t deserve that. Actually I think you and I are generally on the same page. Not sure if that’s a compliment to you or not:-)
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Thanks again Jason. By the way, would have enjoyed running with you in Central Park.
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Hey Nate, we need you the rest of the way. You’re a great individual, and a credit to the team. Now just go out there tomorrow, take charge, throw strikes and beat those Sox. You know you can do it. We know you can do it.

Marty

I’ve got an answer and a question. First the answer: Marty, the archives are running down the right side of this page, starting with February of 2006.
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Now the question: Tracey, how’d you get into that setup with Granderson today? When I was a kid, I couldn’t dream of taking BP with Al Kaline or Norm Cash.
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–Rich

Rich,

We attended Curtis’ charity basketball game in January, and my kids won the Grand Prize in the raffle. It was a 3 point contest at halftime between Curtis and Nate- my kids picked Curtis to win- (good thing as Nate is not much of a basketball player). The other “winner” got Curtis’ tickets for a Tiger’s game. So, just plain luck, really.

Another interesting fact we learned yesterday- Curtis and Zumaya were almost traded for Andruw Jones before the 2006 season……would that have changed Tigers’ history for the worse, or what?

-Tracey

Hi Guys,

I’m from Australia and would like to thank all the people who post regularly post on this blog… It has helped me to identify the tiny little elements of baseball that affect the game so much.

Keep it going everyone,

Josh

We’d still be the old tigers if that had happened.. the 60-70 wins teams..
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Wow..

Thanks Rich. Right under my nose……

First of all, thank you Jason for having this blog. I came to know about it by looking at the Tigers site and there it was; Beck’s Blog. I read all the comments and wanted to add my 3 cents worth so I joined MLB for 5 dollars a month. Hey Marty, always enjoy your comments also. I did not take your comments about fan voting as snippy. That is why I like this bog, we all have our opinions. It bothers me that a fan today would vote 25 times for a player on their team who is not having an all star season. Yea, Rube and Scratch, where are you guys. They had some good stories. Well, I think Meatloaf wrote a song called “2 outta 3 ain’t bad” but of course I want a sweep to keep the winning streak going and going and going…..Let’s Go Tigers! –Dave

Agree with everyone on the blog comments. Being in LA I rarely get to see or talk to Tigers fanatics. I went to see the Tigers when they were in San Diego and after the game caught up with quite a few of them in the Gaslamp. Bought quite a few pitchers of Stroh’s as I recall.

As to this weekend, it is down to this. I hate to say it, but the boys need a sweep. They need to make a statement here and so it has to be 27 innings of nearly perfect baseball.

Oh, and to demonstrate my colors: the 1968 lineup. Freehan, Cash, McCauliffe (my personal favorite), Stanley at SS in the Series, light hitting Wert, Horton, Northrup and of course Kaline. McClain and Lolich on the mound. Mayo in the dugout. McCarver popped up to Freehan to end the series. Oddly enough, I’d have a tough time doing the same with the Bless You Boys of 84.

When we talk of what we need to accomplish this weekend, we have to keep the schedule in mind. We have a big advantage over both teams in front of us in that regard. The Sox leave here and immediately start up a 4-gamer IN Minnesota. They also have a crazy schedule turn where they fly to Seattle, then fly home to start a series the very next day against…………..Oakland. Tell me how that makes any sense at all. The Twins have a big west coast swing that includes the Angels. Both of these teams haven’t finished with either New York or Boston. All we have to do is play consistent baseball.
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2 of 3 this weekend would be grand. A sweep would make fans giddy, but could result in the overconfidence we witnessed early this year. If we lose 2 of 3, it’s not the end of the world, and I would hope we don’t all treat it as such. I have a vision of the number of posts here doubling if that happened. If we get swept ourselves, well, that’s obvious.
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Chicago has owned us the past few years. These things turn around. Getting that sweep last month hopefully has signaled just such a turnaround.
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Let’s enjoy an exciting weekend.
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–Rich

I think they stars are not aligned for Freddy Dolsi.
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You couple a sore arm, a 4.84 ERA (almost 10.00 in July), difficulty getting LHB out, the emergence of Rodney and Zumaya, the fact that he is a rookie, the history of Tiger management using “tired arm” as a segue to the DL and I think you can safely say he’s going ot be either demoted or put on the the DL then demoted.
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Dolsi is 1-4 and is not reliable out of the pen. He has given up more hits than IP and walks more than he strikes out. While he throws hard he seems very hittable and also is prone to the gopher ball.
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This will open a slot for a starter or reliver on the roster before the deadline. I personally feel I would like to see Oslund called up to see what he could do. We have been getting nice efforts from Fossum but Seay seems like he is now a situational LHP with trouble being consistently effective in that role. Oslund might help out.
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Saw in MLB Trade Rumors that the Dodgers may b e interested in Renteria. They are offering up Derek Lowe to the Yankees, wonder if they would consider Edgar? Lowe is a little long in the tooth but he would provide a 5th starter if we needed one.. Not sure I would actually go for this trade though as personally I would prefer to get a prospect that can still surprise.
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I think this is a big game for Nate Robertson today. If he gets hammered and yarded again, they may feel compelled to remove him from the rotation. Seems unlikely since they have committed so much salary to him and have wasted $$$ going out to the high-priced contracts of Bondermand and Willis, but they may feel they have to do something if he continues to look like he is no longer a MLB starter. And let’s face it, right now he doesn’t. His ERA is the WORST among starting pitchers in the AL. He has given up over 150 hits in 118 IP and has been as consistenlty ineffective against LHB as he has been against RHB.
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I’m not sure why he was rewarded with so fat a contract as he was. DD does seem to “reward” the long time Tigers for their service time, Bonderman, Inge, Robertson etc. This is why the organization is one of the best in baseball. Players like to play here and know tht loyalty in Detroit is actually a 2-way street, unlike many other organizations. The downside is that this does not guarantee performance. I was suggesting that they try and trade Nate last year as he had value as being a LHP, middle of rotation quality and coming from a good organization. A NL team really may have benefitted from a guy like Nate. His value now it arguably very diminished.
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I think DD is going to make a trade. For what will be anybody’s guess, but I kinda’ think it will be a starter.
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I still think Nate may be effective as a reliever, but that to is anybody’s guess.

Awesome!
As a “fly” from two years ago, I can’t say how awesome it is to see this! I’m mostly a reader, but might try to comment a bit more after seeing this! I had no idea it was so popular!
Everyone who comments regularly, and Jason especially, thank you! I can definitely get my Tigers fix every day here!

Is anyone else a bit worried about JV being one of the three guys we pin our wagon to this series? Seems like the ChiSox ALWAYS get the better of him.

Go Tigers!

JV started out badly against the ChiSox in his career and it carried over to his first 2 starts this year against them. BUT, his last start against them a month or so ago was a great one. It was the only complete game of the year for a Tiger pitcher.
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So, there’s hope!
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BTW, where did this Carlos Quentin guy come from? Wow!

I get shivers anytime I hear the word “trade” included in a sentence with “Dombrowski.” He’ll almost definitely deal with the NL and more than likely Atlanta or Florida. That Andruw Jones for Granderson/Zumaya thing is just the type of deal the Braves like to make.
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I’m not saying we don’t need anybody but my guess is there will be no trades for us at the deadline. And I’m very nervous about what kind of trade DD would make if he did. Dave’s forte appears to be the small deals, such as the one that brought Galarraga, along with clever FA signings on players that other teams are leery of.
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–Rich

I live in Arizona, and there definitely is grumbling about the trade of Carlos Quentin down here. He was a sure fire stud prospect, but they decided to give Eric Byrnes an extension instead of make room for Quentin this offseason, and boom! Quentin is looking like the next professional hitter to come along while Byrnes has struggled with injuries all year and hasn’t been too productive when healthy.
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I had forgotten about that last CG Dan! Thanks for reminding me.. I feel better about tomorrow’s game now.
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As far as trades go, I would like to see Sheffield moved for a pitcher or a middle infield prospect. Even if we have to eat a lot of his salary, I think just getting a quality player for him would be worth it. I once upon a time dreamed about a Guillen/Sheffield/Cleven for Adrian Gonzalez/Heath Bell trade, but Carlos has really turned it around at third after his initial struggles.

Agree that 2 of 3 is an acceptable outcome for the weekend.

On the subject of Nate, it is his inconsistencies that get to me. Some starts he is lights out. Others it looks like he can’t find the plate if his life depended on it. Some of that comes with his shoulder rotation and whether he is dropping it down like he should. I would imagine that JL wonders with every start which Nate he’s going to get that day.

As for trades, if there is a market for Edgar then fine. Living in LA I hear the Edgar stuff all the time also. But it’s always with the proviso of is he done or what? As folks have mentioned on this blog, Ramon is acceptable because of the leather. Edgar has been given enough opportunities and nothingis working, glove or bat. If there is middle reliever out there looking for a change in scenery then it might make some sense. Sheff is Sheff. That guy had better go an 8 week tear or its curtains.

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