After dropping another series to the Minnesota Twins, the Detroit Tigers are second-to-last in the AL Central. They are only saved from the basement by a Chicago White Sox team that has turned its clubhouse into a used car dealership trying to hit an end-of-month quota. Jeff Seidel of the Free Press has put what many of us are thinking in print: the season is over. It’s time to let the kids play.
Connor Byrne of MLB Trade Rumors talks a little bit more about the potential move of Nicholas Castellanos to right field. Byrne cites some sobering statistics about Castellanos’ play at third, which makes you think he can’t be much worse in right. There’s a good chance we get to find out in the last few weeks of this season, and Nick may just offer you a few “hold my beer” moments.
Injuries and whatnot
In other news that will make Tigers fans generally happy...
Following today's game, the #Tigers optioned RHP Bruce Rondon to Toledo. RHP Michael Fulmer will be activated from the 10-day DL tomorrow.— Detroit Tigers (@tigers) August 13, 2017
Optioning Rondon would be good news by itself, as he probably has a better time locating Toledo than he does the strike zone, but the corresponding move — activating starting pitcher Michael Fulmer — is great to see.
Additionally, in a move I’m filing under “a guy I’m not familiar with replacing a dude I didn’t know was in the bullpen,” the team called up reliever Jeff Ferrell and designated Edward Mujica for assignment.
Ian is going to hang out for a bit
If you have been a little nervous that second baseman Ian Kinsler might be headed elsewhere, you can breathe a sigh of relief. The waiver claim that some mystery team placed on him has expired.
For your free time
The New Yorker on the ephemeral perfection of the immaculate inning. ESPN’s Buster Olney has some advice for Derek Jeter on how to run the Miami Marlins. Odubel Herrera made a baserunning blunder that should make the Tigers front office target him in the offseason. A neat story on Wrigley Field’s manually operated scoreboard.