- Tigers lost 2 of 3 to the Orioles, allowing 30 runs in 3 games.
I didn’t realize the Orioles were such a hitting powerhouse. Of course they’ve now scored more runs than the Tigers this season (or any team in the A.L. Central for that matter). So they were no slouches either. But geez. It was not a pretty weekend.
Pitchers who stunk: Almost every one
Pitcher who didn’t stink: Armando Galarraga … but of course, that’s because he didn’t pitch! And OK, Justin Verlander did acquit himself pretty well Saturday, too.
The Tigers are 4 games under .500. And their August, like every August this decade except, I believe, the year 2000, stinks.
- Zach Miner’s problems — he didn’t make it out of the second Sunday — were kind of ironic given the headlines before the game. “Miner states his case for next season.”
Uh-oh then! Which isn’t really fair, of course. He pitched phenomenally his previous several starts and stumbled Sunday with a troublesome defense behind him. But he also clearly didn’t have his stuff. It was painful. Like the Tigers defense Friday.
- Todd Jones stunk Friday, went on the DL Saturday.
He’s just not the young walrus he used to be. He may be back in September, reports say.
This surprised me, and apparently most bloggers, because uhm, who exactly is Gary Glover and when did he become a member of the Tigers organization? Well, apparently he pitched for the Rays in 2007 and 2008, and some other teams before that. As is the rule of any pitcher in the Tigers bullpen this year, he has control issues. And he really doesn’t have the numbers to make you think there’s any purpose for him playing in the majors.
I know the Tigers aren’t going to make the playoffs. I know the Tigers know the Tigers aren’t going to make the playoffs. (This is turning into a Friends episode. Do the Tigers know I know the Tigers know they aren’t going to make the playoffs?) But this is ridiculous. It’s pointless. I had hoped there might be some moves in the late season of interest. I know they don’t want to just burn up waiver years on guys. But I’d also like to know if some of them can pitch next year in a bullpen which needs an overhaul.
Well, whatever. At the start of the year, I felt like so many changes were made I barely recognized the team. Now, I don’t even recognize the decision making process.
- Conclusion: This team is painful to observe. In every day.