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Friday, August 19, 2022

Eduardo Rodriguez rejoins Tigers after family situation

Rodriguez addressed that with teammates in a meeting Friday afternoon, talking about the family situation that led him to return to Miami. He then spoke with reporters about the process and challenge of returning. He did not get into specifics with the media, but as he talked about the importance of his children in his life, the gravity of the situation was evident.
“It was difficult to step away from my career and all my teammates and everything,” Rodriguez said. “But for me, family is always first. My second family is my teammates and the organization. They gave me an opportunity to be here, and I’m back here with my second family. I’m glad to be back.”

Once Hinch and Rodriguez reconnected, they planned out the specifics of his return, both when to pitch and when to rejoin the team. What nobody could plan were the emotions that went with it.

While Rodriguez endured a family crisis, his departure was one of several crises in a disappointing season that has become trying on the players. Rodriguez said he felt the struggles as he watched from afar.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: August 19, 2022 at 10:20 PM | 5 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Starring Bradley Scotchman as RMc Posted: August 20, 2022 at 07:24 AM (#6092348)
I was looking at the Tigers' B-R page just yesterday (glutton for punishment, I know). Of the six listed starting pitchers, four were hurt and one had vanished off the face of the earth, leaving only Garrett Hill (who's not exactly a CY candidate, either). No fewer than 32 pitchers have appeared for Detroit this year, most of whom are terrible, and some of them aren't even pitchers!
   2. Ron J Posted: August 20, 2022 at 11:22 AM (#6092361)
#1 Look on the bright side, Matt Manning has been pretty good before and after his stint on the the 60 day. Says something about the Tigers that he's 4th on the team in WAR with 6 good starts.

And the key bullpen guys have ranged between good and pretty good.

And one of the starting position players has an OPS+ of 90. Mind you, exactly 90 but hey a mediocre defensive CF with a below average bat is something of a position player highlight,
   3. Walt Davis Posted: August 20, 2022 at 03:19 PM (#6092376)
Since it was mentioned, I took a look. League average so far is 26 pitchers -- except it's much higher than that as you can see with a quick glance at the b-r table (maybe that doesn't include position players?) Anyway, the median is 29 pitchers. Generally three things affect that -- health, performance and the random factor of whether you've used any position players.

The Astros have used the fewest so far at 21 -- Odorizzi was out for 6 weeks (and then was traded) but otherwise they've been very healthy. They also haven't used any position player pitchers (Astros probably don't get blown out a lot). The White Sox and Rockies (of all teams) are next with 23. That's it for below-"average" teams.

Four teams are at 33 pitchers. Two you'd expect -- the Cubs and Nats are bad teams and they've both used a couple of position players too. The other two at 33 are the Twins and Rays, both winning teams and I think the Twins have used just one position player. The Tigers are in the next group with the Reds and O's.
   4. Cooper Nielson Posted: August 20, 2022 at 10:13 PM (#6092418)
The Tigers have had 16 different starting pitchers this year. That seems like a lot. The Cubs have used 14 and the Nationals have used 13. (I don't follow the Cubs and I was surprised to see that their rotation has been very good -- 5 of the top 6 starters have ERA+ of 105 or better.)

The Yankees have used 10, the Dodgers and Mets have used 9, the Astros only 7. The "unconventional" Rays have used 13 and somehow the A's have only used 10. It looks like league-average at the moment is around 11.

For the Tigers, this isn't just a bunch of random spot starters or "openers" either. All of the Tigers' 16 starting pitchers except Wily Peralta have made at least 2 starts. None of them except Tarik Skubal (who's out for the year) have made more than 15. 6 of them (including 4 of the 5 with 10 starts are more) are currently on the IL, and then there's Rodriguez.

The sad thing is that the Tigers' starting pitching has still been considerably better than their offense.
   5. The Honorable Ardo Posted: August 20, 2022 at 11:57 PM (#6092423)
The Tigers' rotation this year should've been ERod/Turnbull/Mize/Skubal/Manning. Skubal made 21 starts before being shut down; the other four have combined for 16 starts. That's a lot of starts to fill.

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