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Bless You Boys Podcast 114: The fog of baseball

Big Al and HookSlide commiserate over an awful two weeks of Detroit Tigers baseball, including players being thrown under buses, brutal slumps, assigning blame, more shortstop and bullpen talk and remembering that this too, shall pass.

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Bless You Boys Podcast 114 was recorded June 6, 2014, has a running time of 64 minutes, and features Al Beaton and  HookSlide.

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We missed last week due to Al's medical issues and re-scheduling just not working out. Plus, we remembered how bad the podcast went the last time we tried to record the morning after a west coast night game.

The slump from HELL.

Which are the real Tigers - the team which played like the best MLB, or the worst?

A key to the slump is there has been no offensive production from the outfield over the past three weeks. Going into Friday's action, Austin Jackson and Torii Hunter have a lower OPS than Andrew Romine over the [past 3 weeks

Brad Ausmus has said the Tigers must get better play from the 5-through-9 spots in the batting order. If Ian Kinsler, Miguel Cabrera and/or Victor Martinez don't hit, the offense has been dead in the water.

Eugenio Suarez was called up from Triple-A Toledo and is expected to get most of the playing time at short over Romine. Is the Suarez experiment a panic move?

Joe Nathan has blown more saves and given up more home runs in 2014 than he did over the entire 2014 season as a member of the Rangers.

Did Nathan throw Nick Castellanos under the bus? Did Brad Ausmus handle the situation correctly?

Dave Dombrowski actually broke out from his comfort zone of drafting big, hard throwing right-handed pitchers in the first round of the MLB  Amateur Draft by selecting a toolsy high-school outfielder, Derek Hill out of California. There have been comparisons made to a young Torii Hunter, as Hill projects out as a center fielder. But as a high schooler, Hill is years away from contributing.

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