Been a while since I sat and addressed this blog. Lets just say the personal life is a little busy and leave it at that.
As I write, the Tigers are off today; they just completed the sweep of Oakland after being swept in Minnie.. Talk about feast or famine. Good pitching wasted then showing up again when you least expect it. Timely hitting.. All in all a microcosm of why we all love baseball.
Can we appreciate Jim Leylands and Dave D.’s upcoming pitching dilemmas? Bondo is in his rehab starts, we have two VERY impressive rookies making major contributions to the staff. Two older heads have regained their 2006 form when many thought one in particular never would. (Zoomer) What will JL and DD do when Bondo completes his rehab? Who will get sent to Toledo? Will someone get released? Will someone get traded? What do they want as trade material: another utility guy or infielder? Another reliever? Another catcher? Draft choices? So many possibilities!
What about the outfield? Grandy is golden for years to come. Maggs is in his contract year, He’s had a slow start is beginning to get back into form. His personal issues aside from this week, Will DD want to spend the kind of money Maggs would expect to stay or do they let him go and give Josh Anderson his starting position? What about Marcus Thames? Despite his power numbers, he’s a little shaky on defense. Carlos Guillen? His injuries are coming along more and more often. Can he ever get back to 100%? Wil his bat ever become as hot as it used to be? Right now given a choice between him and Ramon Santiago as the switch hitter on the team, I’d stick with Ramon. What about Clete Thomas? Raburn? And down at Toledo, Brent Clevlen?
My personal choices? How would I build the 25 man roster right now? Easy.. be gentle with me in your critique!
1. Grandy CF
2. Polanco 2B
3, Thomas RF
6. Anderson LF
7. Laird/ Sardhina C
9. Everett/Santiago SS
Bench: Raburn, Larish.
Starting 5: Verlander, Porcello, Jackson, Willis, Galarraga.
Breaking up the bullpen:
Long: Bondo, Miner, Robertson, Perry
Specialists: Seay, Zumaya, Rodney.
That leaves 1 pitching slot open. I’d say we’re still looking. Brandon Lyon hasn’t impressed me so far this year and the jury is still out on young Mr. French. Clay Rapada doesnt work for me. What I’d really love to see the Tigers find is a lefty that has Zumaya’s skills and speed.
One caveat: Bondo in the pen and Willis starting depend largely on how Willis performs in his next couple of starts and Bondo’s progress in rehab. Otherwise swap them out. Despite the conventional wisdom that says you have to have a left handed starter sometime on your staff.
You will also note that Guillen and Thames aren’t there. Sorry folks but time to move on. Thames is just a bat and Carlos.. will have to be VERY impressive in his rehab at both batting and fielding. Can you say Trade Bait?
Time will Tell..