links for 2007-05-21


  1. Kyle J

    May 21, 2007 at 1:39 pm

    Interesting piece on Miller’s debut. My guess is that, at some point, the Tigers won’t be able to resist the temptation to call him up and use him in the Zumaya role–particularly in light of how shaky the bullpen has looked to date. It seems to me his stuff is probably good enough to get major league batter outs one time through the line up for 1-2 inning outings.

  2. Mike R

    May 21, 2007 at 7:10 pm

    Miller’s stuff is good enough to get MLB hitters out 4 times through a lineup. He’s learning (still) a new delivery which skews his K total in Lakeland. Plus, he’s an extreme ground ball pitcher but many of those, like the piece points out, weren’t converted into outs in Lakeland. I like to look at GB rate (not ground out rates as them becoming outs aren’t in his control) and various K rates, both of which I expect to be there for Miller.

    I don’t want him in the bullpen and I don’t think Dombrowski does either. I think if need be, we pick up a reliever at the trade deadline.

  3. Mike R

    May 21, 2007 at 7:18 pm

    I was mulling over, if the Yankees are still out near the deadline, Kyle Farnsworth has been mediocre for them with a penchant for giving up big runs late. I wonder what it’d take to pry him away from the Yanks. Maybe something like an Elugio De La Cruz + a mid-grade prospect for Farnsworth who’s under contract through 08, I believe. He was great in Detroit and Atlanta after we dealt him for that bad Roman Colon and Zach Miner deal.

  4. Kurt

    May 21, 2007 at 9:23 pm

    You call getting what Zach Miner did in exchange for a guy who wasn’t going to sign with the Tigers anyway bad? It was annoying at the time, but that deal turned out pretty well for the Tigers if you ask me.

    And you don’t trade Eulogio for Farnsworth. That would be a bad deal. Maybe a good reliever, but not Farnsworth.

  5. Mike R

    May 22, 2007 at 3:19 am

    I call a 4th starter, if he completely max’s out all potential, and another pitcher that the Braves didn’t value hardly at all a bad trade. I don’t have a problem trading him, but we should’ve gotten more, especially given what he did the first half for us. He was lights out.

    De La Cruz was the first name that popped into my head. He’s probably too much to give up for Farnsworth, I’ll concede to that.

  6. Kurt

    May 22, 2007 at 3:21 pm

    Point stands. Tigers out of the playoff race. Reliever who wasn’t coming back. For that, you get a No. 4 starter. That just is not a bad trade.