Tigers going nowhere with dismal performances

Fat Guy Corner



The Detroit Tigers come out of the All-Star break stumbling and bumbling just like they did heading into the break. It was just last week we were all wondering if they would be buyers or sellers come the July 31 trade deadline.

I think the answer is that Detroit is now a solid seller. This ball club is going nowhere here in 2015. Brad Ausmus, the Tigers manager, can meow all he wants about the fact the Tigs are only three or four games out of a wildcard spot. Can’t Brad see there are five or six teams in front of his ball club?

Detroit has David Price as a starting pitcher and that’s it! Pitiful. I mean, let’s be brutally honest and admit Verlander’s 2015 campaign is a total waste and he is not the Verlander we all know from previous years.

Alfredo Simon started out playing well, but he pitches a good ball game and then looks like a Double A pitcher the next start.

Annibal Sanchez is much of the same thing! Annibal gives up homers as fast I give up on diets!

I absolutely cringe when anyone from the bullpen comes in except Soria!

The greatest Tigers prospect since Cameron Maybin, third baseman Nick Castellanos, isn’t worth a dozen batting practice baseballs. This guy was supposed to be a can’t-miss player? I see a lot of misses, especially when he swings the bat.

Yes, we as Tigers fans have become spoiled over the last four years, as Detroit has supplied us with October baseball. I am upset at the play and overall performance of this year’s ball club except J.D. Martinez!

Here is a real question to ponder: What happens when Miggy’s career is over? Miggy being on the DL is giving us all a bitter taste of Tigers baseball to come! Comerica Park in August and September will not be the same here in 2015.

The playoff run is over and it’s time for changes in Detroit. Dave Dombrowski, start rebuilding and working those phones this week.

Stepping or skipping stones?

The NFL training camps open up this week all over in NFL cities. The Detroit Lions are one of the last ones to have all players report. The reporting date is August 3 in Allen Park. The question is, will last year’s 11-5 record be a stepping stone for this season and will another playoff trip be in the Lions’ future? The history of the Lions is they regress the very next year after making a playoff game the previous year.

Here are some of my concerns and thoughts before the start of training camp. Can Matthew Stafford lead the Lions from under center and improve under offensive coordinator Joe Lombardi? The running game now has Joique Bell and Theo Riddick, who by the way I really like, and think he will have a big season. I think the draft pick of Ameer Abdullah will help the running game in 2015. I loved this kid at Nebraska. I think he will see a lot of playing time, too. The play of Eric Ebron and Brandon Pettigrew at the tight end position needs a serious improvement. The dropping of footballs is unacceptable.

The addition of Haloti Ngata from Baltimore to replace Ndamukong Suh will require him to stay healthy this season. He is no Suh by any stretch of the imagination, but a good football player.

Travis Swanson steps in at center to replace long-time starter Domonic Raiola. Will Stephen Tulloch be fully recovered from his injury at the linebacker position? Detroit Lions fans, these are some of the questions to be answered for sure. Will 2015 be a large roar or a large snore? Let’s all hope for ROAR!

A good Day for Jason Day

Congratulations to Jason Day for winning the RBC Open in Canada this weekend. Day fell one stroke short at the Open at St. Andrews but pulled this one out with a long putt on the final hole. Good for Jason after his health scare with vertigo earlier in the season. That was scary watching him fall to the ground at Chambers Bay. thefatguy@mihomepaper.com

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