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Monday, August 11, 2014

With division lead dwindling, injuries to Sanchez, Soria could cost Tigers

Soria: double agent?

A little over two weeks ago, the Detroit Tigers were flying high. Enjoying a seven-game lead in the AL Central, Detroit seemed assured of winning its fourth straight American League Central title. But since July 24, when Detroit beat the Angels to create that seven-game advantage, things have narrowed considerably in the division, with the Tigers’ lead now down to a mere 1 1/2 games entering Sunday thanks to a combination of a tough 6-9 stretch and a red-hot run by Kansas City. And on Sunday, Detroit learned that it’ll have to keep that minuscule lead without a pair of key pitchers, as both Anibal Sanchez and Joakim Soria are headed to the disabled list for an extended stay….

Sanchez was the first to go down, suffering a strain of his right pectoral muscle during Friday’s start against Toronto… Soria, meanwhile, went down with an oblique strain on Saturday… Both were placed on the DL on Sunday, with Sanchez expected to miss close to a month, and Soria likely out for a similar period of time…

[Manager Brad] Ausmus will have to hope that [Joe] Nathan can right himself (which looks more unlikely by the day) and that his troika of ace starters — Justin Verlander, Max Scherzer and the recently acquired David Price — can handle the extra innings. He’ll also have to hope that Verlander, Scherzer and Price can up their games enough to make up for Sanchez’s absence. Luckily, those three and the resurgent Rick Porcello should be up to the task. If not, Detroit’s AL Central lead is all but certain to vanish.


The District Attorney Posted: August 11, 2014 at 05:45 PM | 21 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
  Tags: anibal sanchez, injuries, joakim soria, tigers

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   1. RMc's Got a Lot of Trouble at Stake Posted: August 11, 2014 at 06:05 PM (#4768893)
When you lose a bunch of games -- in every conceivable fashion -- and the team chasing you doesn't lose at all, this is what happens...
   2. depletion Posted: August 11, 2014 at 06:30 PM (#4768910)
Jon Niese of the Mets just cleared waivers (also Granderson). Does Detroit have an extra outfielder of good quality that could start in the majors?
   3. Davo's Favorite Tacos Are Moose Tacos Posted: August 11, 2014 at 06:41 PM (#4768919)
An extra outfielder? Detroit doesn't have a single outfielder who should start in the Majors! They've been rocking a JD Martinez-Ezequiel Carrera-Rajai Davis trio this week!
   4. Joyful Calculus Instructor Posted: August 11, 2014 at 06:46 PM (#4768924)
So Colleti puts waiver claims on Roberto Hernandez and Kevin Correia, but lets Niese pass right on by? $16m/2yrs for a guy with a 104 ERA+ the last three seasons seems like pretty good deal, especially considering the two option years.
   5. Robert in Manhattan Beach Posted: August 11, 2014 at 06:48 PM (#4768925)
Given the inherent randomness to relief pitching it's pretty impressive that, year after year, the Tigers can never figure out the back end of their bullpen.
   6. Ziggy: The Platonic Form of Russell Branyan Posted: August 11, 2014 at 07:07 PM (#4768936)
JD Martinez is really good. He was a good player in the minor leagues who took a few years to mature. Houston gave up on him too soon.
   7. BDC Posted: August 11, 2014 at 07:12 PM (#4768941)
I read the headline as Sanchez having injuries and Soria costing the Tigers by continuing to pitch. I thought hey, he's not that bad.
   8. SY Ruined School Lunches! Posted: August 11, 2014 at 07:15 PM (#4768943)
It really is amazing, I've never seen a team so consistently good that keeps getting screwed by their awful bullpen every.single.year.
   9. Cargo Cultist Posted: August 11, 2014 at 07:30 PM (#4768950)
Making this worse is the fact that after a series with the A's, the Royals have a pretty easy schedule for the rest of the season.
   10. madvillain Posted: August 11, 2014 at 08:37 PM (#4768984)
Verlander left tonight's game with tightness in his shoulder. Not good.
   11. Textbook Editor Posted: August 11, 2014 at 08:43 PM (#4768989)
I hear Papelbon's available!
   12. PreservedFish Posted: August 11, 2014 at 08:58 PM (#4768997)
I want to see them pick up Valverde.
   13. vortex of dissipation Posted: August 11, 2014 at 09:40 PM (#4769030)
It really is amazing, I've never seen a team so consistently good that keeps getting screwed by their awful bullpen every.single.year

It's like being a Mariners fan in the mid-to-late '90s.
   14. Roger McDowell spit on me! Posted: August 11, 2014 at 09:48 PM (#4769038)
Jim Johnson to the rescue!
   15. nick swisher hygiene Posted: August 11, 2014 at 09:50 PM (#4769039)
because they're rich, but not smart? (that is, it's easier to decide on superstars and sign them than it is to decide which fungible relievers are least likely to turn into fungus next season.....)
   16. Wahoo Sam Posted: August 11, 2014 at 11:38 PM (#4769129)
The Tigers have arguably the best GM in baseball (at least one of the top 2-3), so "not being smart" isn't their problem. Dombrowski keeps getting releivers who are good on paper and who have had good track records, but as soon as they get in a Detroit uniform they tank. Odd.
   17. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: August 12, 2014 at 12:12 AM (#4769140)
Dombrowski keeps getting releivers who are good on paper and who have had good track records, but as soon as they get in a Detroit uniform they tank. Odd.

That doesn't ring true to me. It seems like they skimp on the pen, relying on unproven guys like Coke and Albequerque and a washed up Jose Valverde. They got Nathan this year, but it was 39-year old Joe Nathan. Not that hard to figure he might implode this year. Benoit is the only solid guy I can recall them going out and getting.
   18. Cargo Cultist Posted: August 12, 2014 at 12:12 AM (#4769141)
Dombrowski keeps getting releivers who are good on paper and who have had good track records, but as soon as they get in a Detroit uniform they tank.

If I were him I'd change pitching coaches.
   19. jdennis Posted: August 12, 2014 at 01:25 AM (#4769156)
When I evaluate pitchers for HOM and stuff, it seems like there is no such thing as a consistent reliever. They seem to flame out much quicker than starters and with the small sample size of innings they will often tank. With very few exceptions, I don't really believe in the "track records" of relievers. If I were a GM, I would stock my pen with young arms with stuff who had good rates in the minors and who want to be starters, and avoid FAs for the most part.
   20. Joe Bivens, Floundering Pumpkin Posted: August 12, 2014 at 07:54 AM (#4769176)
It's Joba time!
   21. WSPanic Posted: August 12, 2014 at 09:34 AM (#4769203)
Conversely, Dayton Moore is consistently rated as a poor GM (rightfully so given the team's record the past 8 years) - yet he has shown the ability the past three years to give the Royals a top bullpen in the league.

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