Predictions for the second half of the season, potential trade possibilities, and Tim Lincecum is apparently the worst pitcher to ever play the game. These stories and some Justin Upton overload in today's Morning Prowl.
Tigers' president and GM Dave Dombrowski ponders trade possibilities -- The Detroit News, Lynn Henning
"Baseball could benefit this month from a kind of Home Shopping Network for general managers." No.
Identifying First Half MVP Candidates -- FanGraphs Baseball, Bill Petti
"I think you had a crucial flaw in your end result in that you forgot to include Delmon Young for consideration." First comment on the story knocks it out of the park.
5 AL Predictions For The Second Half -- Baseball Nation, Grant Brisbee
So you're saying there's a chance? (Said in my best Lloyd Christmas voice)
Tigers Could Pair Drew Smyly and Jacob Turner for Dual Starts in September -- The Tigers Den, Matt Snyder
I get the idea, but I can't say I'm a huge fan of it.
On First Half Failures…and Second Half Dreams -- Walkoff Woodward, Josh Worn
"The Tigers Are Going To Have Underperforming Players, Just Like Everyone Else." Wait, other professional baseball teams run out lineups that don't have nine guys all batting above .300? I just don't believe it.
Who To Target -- Motor City Bengals, Chris Hannum
Is the trade deadline over yet? Sorry, I'm grumpy.
Elsewhere in baseball:
Leave your God at home, it’s atheism night at the ballpark -- HardballTalk, Matthew Pouliot
I'm pretty sure I should just leave this section blank. I'll offend someone regardless of what I say.
Just how good is Justin Upton? -- SweetSpot Blog, David Schoenfield
Eat your heart out, Upton fans.
Ten players who need a great start to second half -- Big League Stew, Kevin Kaduk
Just in case you're not Justin Upton(ed) out -- he's second on this list. But, hey, let's go ahead and trade for him. Detroit definitely needs more under-performing outfielders.