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Bless You Boys Podcast 107: Luke Putkonen is not a figment of your imagination

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The morning after the Tigers are one-hit in the middle of the night, Al, Kurt and HookSlide struggle their way though discussing the worst 5-3 team ever, dead arms, not-so-imaginary relief pitchers, Andrew Romine, jinxed ballplayers and umpires not telling anyone about a new rule interpretation.

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Bless You Boys Podcast 107 has a running time of 54 minutes and features Al Beaton, HookSlide, and of course, Kurt Mensching.

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Topics:

  • If you believe a certain vocal segment of the Detroit fan base, the Tigers are (voice of Comic Book Guy) the worst 5-3 team ever. EVER.
  • The bullpen finally didn't give up a ninth inning run Friday night. Let's not mention the bottom of the ninth wasn't played...
  • The Tigers' plight is commonplace in baseball. Bullpens are becoming a problem everywhere.
  • Same pitcher, different season. Phil Coke is getting rocked. The Tigers have seven lefties in Toledo, but not one of them would be an upgrade to the Detroit bullpen?
  • Joe Nathan: "I have a dead arm." Brad Ausmus: "Joe is still the closer."
  • Numbers support Nathan's annual 'dead arm' period.
  • Grantland: Trust in Dombrowski.
  • The Detroit News' Tony Paul writes the Tigers may (and should) keep Drew Smyly in a relief role. Isn't Smyly more valuable to the team pitching 160 innings instead of 80?
  • Anyone else prefer to see the Tigers play Andrew Romine over Alex Gonzalez at short?
  • Both Avisail Garcia and Jose Iglesias are out for the season with injuries, while Brayan Villarreal is buried at Triple-A.  Every young player involved in last year's three-team trade is jinxed!
  • West coast baseball is a PITA ... especially for Rick Porcello.
  • Seems MLB umpires have changed their interpretation of the "transfer rule" and didn't tell anyone.

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