Things have not gone well for the Tigers since the All Star Break. They’ve lost seven out of ten and they’re now short half of their infield and Magglio Ordonez is on the shelf for a while. More then half of the players in the Tigers lineup in yesterday’s finale were playing in the minors at this point last year and they needed a three run double by “veteran” Ryan Raburn in the eighth inning to pull that game out of their hat. Even the fact that the rest of the division has stood still as well could come back to haunt the Tigers.
And it is kind of funny that the rest of the division has been almost as bad since the break and the Tigers sit just two games back of the White Sox in the Central. With the trade deadline this upcoming weekend, the Tigers have some decisions to make. It’s hard to keep a straight face and say the Tigers team as it sits will be able to keep up with the other two teams but the fact is, they very well just might so giving up is hard to swallow. But if they get a good offer for someone like Jose Valverde and they don’t take it, then drop ten of twelve after the trade deadline, it’s not going to help the team moving forward.
I think this week is going to be very telling. They have four games in Tampa (second best team in all of baseball) then three against the Red Sox (with two of those coming before the deadline). It’ll be interesting to see where the team sits this time next week.