The Detroit Tigers just finished a very disappointing season finishing in last place in a division they have owned the last four years. It looks like a very interesting off season coming up for them. I really believe that Ausmus was in way over his head as a manager, especially when he didn’t have a full deck. The bullpen was, lets’ say, invisible and the starting pitching unpredictable. When Miguel Cabrera went down on July 3, the team was still in contention. He would not play again until August 14, and the team he came back to looked far different than the one he left. The Tigers went 15-20 in the interim and were in bad enough shape at the deadline that they traded stars David Price and Yoenis Cespedes. Price led Toronto to AL East title and Cespedes played a huge role for the New York Mets in their NL East championship.
Shortly after the deadline, the Tigers let general manager Dave Dombrowski go and handed the GM duties to Al Avila. So, its anyone’s guess as to what happens next. One thing is for sure, that the pitching must improve before any success can be achieved. Verlander may not throw a 100 mph fastball in late innings anymore, but it looks like when healthy he can still be a dominant pitcher. Norris looks like a rising star and Sanchez is serviceable if healthy, but the bullpen needs an overhaul. We will have to wait and see on that.