Not Scoreless against Seattle
You get a hit! And you get a hit! Everyone gets a hit! Literally everyone other than Dixon Machado got a hit against the Seattle Mariners on Tuesday, and Machado still made it to first base in one of his two plate appearances.
Fun with stats: Tyler Collins, Mike Mahtook, Jim Aducci, John Hicks, and Andrew Romine went 11-for-18 with seven runs and six RBI. I don’t know how to compartmentalize that but I’m sure glad it happened.
Everything is fine
It’s been the story for a better part of two weeks but let’s recap it again. Half of the team’s starting lineup is on the DL, their ERA and WHIP are among the worst in the league, and yet they are still three games above .500.
There are two ways you can take this: optimism or pessimism. Either you see the team as outperforming its metrics and ready for a slide. Or, as I have come around to believe, what if everything has gone as poorly as possible and the team can only go up? This is a veteran-laden bunch who is yet to hit its stride — well, besides Tuesday. If they can weather the next two weeks without their stars, they should be primed for a run.
And when you get down on the team, remember the advice from Stanley Jastrzembski, a 94-year-old World War II veteran who won season tickets for the 2018 season:
“I feel like a millionaire,” Stanley Jastrzembski said. “Don’t give up on the Tigers, they’ll keep playing and come through.”
That’s hillario...damn it
Here is a tweet that will make you simultaneously very happy and very sad.
Another scary Royals tidbit: They're hitting .199 as a team. Last team with an AVG under the Mendoza Line in April: 2003 Tigers - lost 119!— Jayson Stark (@jaysonst) April 25, 2017
Warwick Saupold, international man of mystery
Well, not really, but Saupold is Australian, which is cool. If you only heard of him this year, your only context is that he got shelled by the Tampa Bay Rays and was sent back down to Triple-A Toledo.
Outside of that showing, he has been progressing nicely, and received recent praise from Al Avila and Justin Verlander. With the bullpen in shambles, it’s likely he will have more high leverage innings in the future. Familiarize yourself with his story and how he handles the ups and downs of a life in baseball.
Get up to speed on some up-and-coming names in the Tigers system. My bet is on Gregory Soto, who has been off to a hot start in West Michigan. He looks like the real deal as a big lefty who easily hits the mid-90s with his fastball.
For your free time
Eric Thames hit another home run and I’m debating going to Korea to fix my life’s problems. On second thought, that’s a bad idea. The Mariners might start using Edwin Diaz like Andrew Miller. Just wait a couple days first, please. Madison Bumgarner doesn’t need surgery. Baseball outs, ranked. Onion baseball articles are terrific.
Baseball is awesome