The trade deadline has come and gone and the Tigers pretty much sat on the fence. I kind of like this move (or lack of moves). They did enough to say they weren’t giving up (there’s still two months worth of tickets to be sold) but they didn’t sell the farm. And this was before a rough weekend where they blew a four run lead on Saturday and then came back in the top of the ninth on Sunday only to lose it in the bottom half of the inning.
As it stands, the Tigers are seven back of the White Sox and six back of the Twins. The Wild Card is pretty much out of reach and they go into a four game series tonight with the White Sox. In a lot of ways, this is the Tigers season. Anything less then three of four is bad and the Tigers could really use a sweep and it all starts with Rick Porcello against Mark Buehrle this afternoon at 1 pm. Thursday’s game is also in the afternoon.
Wilkin Ramirez is gone. After being the Tigers top hitting prospect in 2009, he was dealt to the Braves for the infamous player to be named later. Our deals with the Braves haven’t gone very well. They’ve either been a wash or, like the Edgar Renteria deal, a disaster. It was also nice to see Jhonny Peralta get off to a nice start in his debut on Friday. He also drove home the tying run in the ninth on Sunday. I just think it’s too little to make an impact the rest of the way. I just hope I’m wrong.
It’s been a weird summer for me and I’m a little surprised we’re already four months into the season. Seems like it wasn’t that long ago we were excited about opening day.