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Sunday, March 21, 2010

Henning: Without old zip, Dontrelle Willis appears headed for release

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Armando Galarraga has already been sent to Triple-A Toledo. Phil Coke, who once upon a time was viewed as a potential starter, is judged by Leyland and his staff to be a quality pitcher, but a reliever only.

That leaves two names for consideration: Dontrelle Willis and Eddie Bonine.

I believe today that Willis will be released and Bonine will make the team as a long reliever.

There is no indication from the Tigers that any such move is likely. But it appears from how the pitchers have performed during the past three weeks that Willis is not throwing with enough zip or command to be a serious factor in Leyland’s 2010 rotation. In his three-inning stint Thursday against Houston, Willis’ fastball never once exceeded 89 mph.

It’s conceivable that Willis might be taken north as a long reliever. But if he were able to pitch long relief with any expectation of success the Tigers would just as easily hand him a starter’s job.

And I don’t believe that is in the cards.

Repoz Posted: March 21, 2010 at 10:55 AM | 8 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Gamingboy Posted: March 21, 2010 at 01:03 PM (#3483042)
Dontrelle Willis= 21st Century Mark Fidrych?

Maybe he should try to go the Ankiel route.
   2. jwb Posted: March 21, 2010 at 05:02 PM (#3483148)
If so, I hope he's made enough money to pay somebody else to work on his truck. . .
   3. Downtown Bookie Posted: March 21, 2010 at 05:17 PM (#3483159)
Just for fun, contrast the above with the following, from Bill Madden's column in Sunday's New York Daily News:

The Detroit Tigers are cautiously getting excited about Dontrelle Willis' pitching this spring. The one-time Florida Marlins wunderkind who inexplicably lost the ability to throw strikes three years ago, has changed his approach and instead of trying to strike out everyone, is pitching to contact. The result: One earned run in 10 innings and it appears Willis is going to win the fifth spot in the Tigers rotation.

   4. Accent Shallow Posted: March 21, 2010 at 05:31 PM (#3483170)
Dontrelle Willis= 21st Century Mark Fidrych?

No, Willis didn't have an arm injury, and has a longer track record of success. Not to mention, he's not noted for his "colorful" image.
   5. bond1 Posted: March 21, 2010 at 06:26 PM (#3483207)
Greg Maddux threw 88 mph. but the umps gave him a wide zone. Racists!
   6. Something Other Posted: March 22, 2010 at 12:02 AM (#3483358)
In his three-inning stint Thursday against Houston, Willis’ fastball never once exceeded 89 mph.
It's March 21st and this is cause for fainting spells?
   7. RollingWave Posted: March 22, 2010 at 01:16 AM (#3483395)
No, Willis didn't have an arm injury, and has a longer track record of success. Not to mention, he's not noted for his "colorful" image.
well, he is noted for his colorful delivery.

Maddon's article could have been based on nothing but looking at the stats sheet and seeing the Willis hasn't been shelled this spring.
   8. Infinite Yost (Voxter) Posted: March 22, 2010 at 01:19 AM (#3483398)
Willis always seemd like a hell of a nice guy, for what it's worth, but I guess that doesn't count as colorful.

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