Detroit lost its sixth straight after a bullpen meltdown in the eighth ruined Justin Verlander’s best start of the year. After 30 games into the season, the Tigers find themselves 2 games under .500 and seven and a half games out of first place. I would say to Tiger fans who were optimistic going into the season regarding the team’s playoff chances, that the season is young and there is a lot of baseball to be played. However, even though the season is young, Brad Ausmus must have concerns because he is on the hot seat.
With Justin Upton in the lineup and better pitching, the Tigers will compete for a wild card. Do they have any shot at the division?
Upton strengthens an already potent lineup for the Tigers and solidifies the left field position in the outfield. What will tell the tale for Detroit this summer will be how well the pitching staff performs (both starting pitching and the bullpen). With spring training starting next month, there is optimism in Detroit that the Tigers will make the postseason playoffs.
The Detroit Tigers’ signing of right-handed starting pitcher Jordan Zimmermann is an indication that the team is serious about contending next season. This signing is a step in the right direction without breaking the bank to do it. He is considered one of top starters on the free agent market and was within the price range for the Tigers.
Tiger fans may have something to look forward to next season as far as their pitching staff is concerned. #Pitching was the major reason for the decline of the Tigers this past season as their staff was abysmal to say the least. Right-hander Montreal Robertson has been a bright spot in the fall season. He has been outstanding.
Scottsdale, Ariz. — As far as the Tigers are concerned, one of the biggest success stories of this Arizona Fall League season has been right-hander Montreal Robertson.“He’s a good story,” said Tigers minor league pitching coordinator A.J. Sager.Robertson, a 6-4, 205-pounder whose fastball is hitting 97 mph, has allowed just two runs and six hits in 82/3 innings this fall. His WHIP is 0.69 and he’s struck out six with no walks. This from a guy who was stunned speechless when he got the call that he’d been invited to play in the league, which showcases the top prospects in baseball.
The #Kansas City Royals are the new Major League Baseball champions tonight after winning the World Series in five games over the New York Mets. In the aftermath of Kansas City’s moment in the sun, I have to think about our #Detroit Tigers. The Tigers have been #contenders every year for about the last five years or so. With the talent they had during that time period, they should have one at least one or maybe two championships. In pro sports, the window of opportunity only stays open for so long and if you don’t capitalize on it, you lose out and that window closes. That window has closed on our Tigers and it’s too bad because I would have loved to see guys like Cabrera, Verlander, Fielder, Porcello, Martinez win a ring. So, with their dismal showing this past season, it’s back to square one.