The (first) trade deadline has come and gone, and the Tigers stayed out of the action. I have mixed feelings about that, because I was hoping Dombrowski would put something together that would help us.
The Tigers did not look good in this series against the Mariners. They lost this afternoon 4-0, getting shut out despite drawing six walks early off Joel Pineiro, who held them down for seven innings as the Mariners once again got on the board early. Wil Ledezma only lasted four, and at this point, the Tigers pen must be wore out.
The Tigers were outscored 15-0 in the first inning during this series, then 20-0 through the second inning. You’re not going to win many ball games when you give up early runs like that.
I think the whole trade deadline got beat to death, so I’m not going to say too much about it, other then the Mariners may have made a mistake by not going out and getting some help on offense (Aaron Boone for example). Freddy Garcia was supposed to be dangling out there for many teams, but apparantly nobody bit. In his ESPN chat this afternoon, Rob Neyer pointed out that they were in first place at this point last year and didn’t make a deal, and proceeded to end the season in third place.
The Tigers go to Minneapolis this weekend to take on the Twins, who still haven’t gotten completely on track. Hopefully they’ll be able to get something going.