With so much uncertainty over the past two weeks, Brad Ausmus offered an excellent description for the team's 10 game trip that led them down the path to selling. Tumultuous. But now the dust has settled, the initial reactions are in, and its time to move on to the final third of the season.
David Price is in a new uniform, but he is the same pitcher. He offered a raucous Rodgers Center (didn't think I'd be typing that last year) a vintage performance going 8 innings, striking out 11, and even getting out of a bases loaded jam unscathed.
Another departed Tiger, Yoenis Cespedes was introduced to the New York Mets faithful. He didn't provide much at the plate during the weekend's series with the Nationals, but looks to be a major influence going forward for a Mets outfield that has been anemic offensively.
And sure, the Tigers were sellers, but the future looks bright. Fangraphs ranked all 58 prospects that moved teams and the Tigers featured heavily toward the top. Additionally, John Moore's new rankings of the top 10 Tigers prospects illustrates just how important those trades were to restocking the farm system. On top of that, the Tigers kept their young nucleus intact and will be able to add more starting pitching next year with a strong free agency class.
Despite all of the changes, the Tigers still remain only 3 games out of the second wildcard spot. JD Martinez still believes, and Miggy's return is right around the corner. The Tigers aren't out of it yet.
J.D. Martinez (@JDMartinez14) August 2, 2015
Dombrowski reaffirms his value over last 3 days, should return next year - Detroit Free Press, Drew Sharp
A bit of an obvious stance here, but Dombrowski did it again. He needs to be back next year for the Tigers.
First-Place Mets Have Baseball’s Easiest Schedule From Here Out - WSJ, Jared Diamond
You know who does not have the easiest schedule? The Tigers.
What Do The Tigers Have In James McCann? - New English D, Neil Weinberg
Neil profiles James McCann in depth, indicating he is ready for a sizable big league role.
Tigers bullpen: Brad Ausmus to lean on Alex Wilson, Blaine Hardy late - Detroit Free Press, George Sipple
I would consider this a good idea.
Dombrowski, Ausmus both to blame for awful bullpen - The Detroit News, Kurt Mensching
Was this season's downfall a case of Brad Ausmus mismanaging the bullpen or general manager Dave Dombrowski putting his manager into a no-win situation? Kurt says a little of both.
What did Yordano Ventura say to Jose Bautista? (And other items on Blue Jays-Royals bench-clearing conference) - Bluebird Banter, Minor Leaguer
Yordano Ventura takes to twitter to call Jose Bautista a nobody. In unrelated news Jose Bautista has been chosen for the All Star Game 5 times and Ventura's ERA is over 5.