With the Miguel Cabrera injury, a .500 team, and THIS, Monday produced an absolute onslaught of articles touting whether the Tigers should be buyers or sellers at the trade deadline. Steve Schrader at the Free Press did this post a huge favor by collecting the educated guesses of numerous writers throughout the nation. MLive wants YOU to answer the question offering up the obvious reasons for each perspective. I mostly linked that because the majority of you are pessimists and I don't appreciate it.
Meanwhile, Jeff Sullivan at Fangraphs presented this precarious position as ... A TRAP. With a middling team, but a team with glaring weaknesses, the Tigers' organization don't know whether to buy or sell. The article also does the best job of presenting what I believe is the realistic answer at this time. Stand pat. It's painful, but this team could still trend in either direction. Hopefully Dave Dombrowski will have a clearer picture (even if its a negative one), as we approach the deadline.
Yoenis Cespedes is in the final all star game vote
Soooo, yeah you should go vote.
Verlander looking like a right-handed Sabathia, but worse? - Stats & Info - ESPN, Mark Simon
It's much too early to write off Justin Verlander, but feel free to be slightly alarmed.
Travis' RBI Single - MLB.com
The Tigers pulled off the elusive 8-3-4-6 nobody out on Sunday.
How the Pitchers Who’ve Outperformed or Underperformed Their Projections the Most Will Fare in the Second Half - Grantland, Ben Lindbergh
No Tigers (surprisingly), but plenty of intrigue.
Tigers notes: Homer-happy J.D. Martinez in rare company - Detroit Free Press, George Sipple
Breaking news, JD is crushing the ball at a historic rate recently.
Video: Scully discusses redheads - MLB.com, The Man The Myth The Legend
Vin Scully is a national treasure. Also, for the integrity of this post, I'd be remiss if I didn't point out he's actually wrong.
Simon isn't starting swoon early; he's just not that good - Detroit News/BYB Editor Extraordinaire, Kurt Mensching