Bruce Rondon showed up amidst a Tigers rally and did what he seems to do best: muck things up. After Detroit came back from down four to tie the game, Rondon allowed a pair of runs in the seventh inning without recording an out to eventually hang his team with a 6-4 loss. Yes, I know Warwick Saupold helped. But I have something to say.
Yes, these things don’t really matter much. In fact, in the grand scheme one could argue this is a good thing. After all, there should be no illusions about a playoff run. It would take a miracle during the final six weeks of the year for Detroit to make the postseason. With a multi-year rebuild/reload expected, losing just means you get a better draft pick next June. Who better than Rondon to pitch in that context?
Yet it’s frustrating.
No Few fans are signing up to go to a ballgame in order to watch their team lose. No one wants to enjoy a rally only to see the bullpen monster come to the mound and mess it all up. And that’s what happened. Even when you know losing is better, winning is more fun.
It’s amazing to me Rondon was given the chance to even remain in the major leagues after his antics two weeks ago. And now we have to watch him blow yet another game.
Tigers baseball circa August 2017: losing, yet still frustrating even when it doesn’t matter.
Alex Wilson, Jeff Ferrell, Alex Presley
Rondon, Saupold, Ausmus, the entire tigers organization, and the next seven generations