Well here we are now, and the Tigers are actually entertaining us. The Motor City Kitties are just a game under .500 and right on the heels of the final Al Wild Card spot. Things couldn’t be going too much better.
Brandon Day and Mark Gorosh got together Friday night prior to the club’s Saturday doubleheader victories over the Twins to take stock of what we’ve seen from the surprisingly resilient Tigers over the first half. This will be another two part epic, with this episode focused on the pitching staff.
First we’ll talk about the big news of the week, namely Matt Manning and Alex Faedo getting shutdown with forearm strains. We’ll consider why the Tigers seem down on Jake Rogers, and then we’ll get into general impressions of the 2020 Detroit Tigers thus far.
We’ll talk about the rotation first, and we’re definitely feeling more optimistic about that group with Casey Mize and Tarik Skubal in the mix. Matt Boyd should settle in, and some of the concern there is overblown. Michael Fulmer is a bit of a problem, but Daniel Norris and Tyler Alexander have generally had some solutions. And finally, Spencer Turnbull just needs to go out there and play catch, because as long as he’s throwing strikes, they can’t hit him.
From there we ponder the question: Now that we have a bullpen what are we gonna do....with it?
Hope you enjoy. We’ll be back with part two, mainly focused on the lineup, the trade deadline, and who we may yet see called up from Toledo, early in the week. Take care, and thanks as always for your support.
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