What can Detroit Tigers do at closer? Maybe trade for Huston Street? - James Jahnke, Detroit Free Press
So what do the Detroit Tigers do? Well, if general manager Dave Dombrowski is really worried about the back end of his bullpen, ESPN’s Jayson Stark has an idea: trade for San Diego Padres closer Huston Street.
Street often was linked to the Tigers leading up to last season’s trade deadline. And he has been even better this season. In fact, he might be the most impressive closer in the majors thus far. Street is 1-0 with 18 saves, a 1.08 ERA, a 0.76 WHIP and 26 strikeouts in 25 innings.
While Joba Chamberlain’s performance on Sunday night was regrettable, I’m willing to bet that Joha will at least get one more shot before he’s written off completely. And of course Joe Nathan still lurks as the “official closer.” But who knows? It’s an interesting move to ponder.
Tigers begin critical two weeks against division rivals – Patrick O’Kennedy, Bless You Boys
Starting Monday night in Chicago, the Detroit Tigers will begin a stretch of 14 games against each of their division rivals, without a day off on the schedule. Needless to say, it is a critical part of their 2014 schedule that could go a long way toward sorting out the contenders from the pretenders in the American League’s Central Division.
The Tigers begin this stretch of division games with four at Chicago. They return home for three games against Minnesota and four against Kansas City, then finish up with a three game series in Cleveland, where their recent troubles all began.
These next two weeks are huge, no way around it. We’re getting into the heart of the season, and if the Tigers are going to be the contending team they think they’re capable of being, now’s the time to prove it.
Miguel Cabrera is the lone Detroit Tigers position player who is currently in line to start in the All-Star Game next month in Minneapolis. But how many Tigers players should make the All-Star team?
I think you’d be hard pressed to find anyone who doesn’t think that Victor Martinez deserves the honor. Aside from Miggy and VMart? Possibly Ian Kinsler, but definitely not Torii Hunter.