- Dmitri Young talked with Rob Parker abouth is battle with alcoholism and his journey back. Young is facing a battle on 2 fronts. He has to overcome his off the field issues, and show that he deserves a spot on the team and in the starting lineup. It’s interesting that the Phillies and Brett Myers have received a lot of flack for their handling of Myers’s spousal abuse situation. Yet the Tigers and Young haven’t felt the same wrath. Maybe it’s because Young’s incident didn’t happen in front of a throng of people, or maybe it’s because Young has been MIA since the incident. In any case, the Tigers need to speak about their stance on the issue. I know there are legal ramifications for Young, but the organization can’t appear to condone the alleged behavior.
- On a lighter note, Nate Robertson has started a Gum Time blog. At first I thought the gum thing was funny. It was a bunch of guys making millions of dollars acting like little leaguers – which is cool. I think at this point it’s a little silly, but who am I to mess with what works.
- All 4 of the Tigers starters (I’m not counting Maroth/Miner) have allowed exactly 94 hits. This is insignificant but mildly interesting at the same time.
- The Hardball Times has a nice piece on the Tigers success thus far. This looks to be part of a series so keep checking back.
- The Baseball Crank took a look at how proficient teams are at not losing their baserunners by looking at GIDP, CS, SB, SH. Three teams that have been doing very well this year, the Mets, White Sox, and Reds, are at the top of the list. The Tigers however are in the bottom 3rd, which just shows there more than one way to skin a cat. In the Tigers case it comes back to pitching, defense and power.
- Keith Law at ESPN Insider ranks the top 10 rookie pitchers. The top 4 are Francisco Liriano, Jon Papelbon, and then Zumaya and Verlander. I was a little surprised to see Zumaya ranked ahead, but I agree with Law when he says
But unless there’s a compelling physical reason to make his move to the bullpen permanent, the Tigers should let Zumaya start and move him only if he pitches his way out of the rotation.
- The Tigers have asked about Cliff Floyd, but the Mets aren’t sending him anywhere.