Over the last few days, I’ve seen some saying that the Tigers should start tanking and be sellers at the trade deadline, or even right now. But anyone that’s saying that is wrong. I know, I know, I’m the most optimistic fan in the world and never give up on my teams. With that being said, let’s jump into it.
The Tigers record isn’t great, there’s no denying it. The Tigers pitchers haven’t been great by any means this season, but they’ve been respectable in most games. The starters have been average, and Michael Fulmer has been near lights out again this season. However, starters are a combined 23-24, and could easily have a better record with better run support. Yes, there are games that the starters have let get out of hand, that happens with every staff, but when your team struggles to score two or more runs in many games, it’s hard to get a win even when going deep on a good day.
The run support comes down to Miguel Cabrera, among other players obviously, not performing. Cabrera is hitting just .267 with 7 home runs and 32 RBI’s. Which would be a respectable season thus far IF he wasn’t one of the league’s better hitters and not supposed to be the guy that drives in a lot of runs every season. I know I argued that he always starts cold in the Panic Button article, but now I’m to the point where I’m concerned. I won’t give up hope though, Cabrera does start cold a lot, and when it gets to July and August when the air is warmer and balls carry better, you never know what could happen.
JD Martinez is as productive as ever this season and through 36 games he’s hitting .301 with 12 home runs and 27 RBI’s. While his trade value is high right now, it’s not the time to trade him. Worst comes to worst and Detroit is more than 8 games out of the Wild Card spots, then we can talk about it. Martinez has already shown that he doesn’t wish to resign with the club, and could be traded away at a high price assuming he remains healthy and doesn’t drop off significantly.
It’s hard to say it, but Detroit is struggling. A team that didn’t have a lot of trouble scoring until this season, is doing just that. With one of the better pitching staffs on paper, it may be time to call it quits and trade the stars for prospects and serviceable players to replace them for the time being. Not yet though. All any team needs to do is make it to the playoffs, then every team starts fresh, and there’s no telling what could happen.