Tigers’ outfield adjusting with Jackson gone – Jason Beck, MLB.com
When asked if the Tigers miss Jackson in center a week ago, Torii Hunter paused.
“Jackson was great,” Hunter said. “He’s a pure center fielder. He played great for the Tigers for years. Anytime you let an Austin Jackson go, a premier center fielder, good center fielder, yeah, it hurts a little bit. But I think these guys can hold it down.”
The rebuild has been without a true center fielder. What was originally a platoon between Davis and Ezequiel Carrera — who made a sprawling catch at Yankee Stadium but has done little else since — has become a return for Davis to regular duty in center for the first time since 2011.
Tigers fans (yours truly included) were always frustrated by Austin Jackson’s inconsistency at the plate and his seemingly non-flashy, if not slightly above average, defense. But now that he’s gone, it just shows you what happens when you don’t have a slightly above average player in the most important outfield position.
When the Tigers couldn’t find a bat before the trade deadline, they doubled down on their strength and added Price. If Anibal Sanchez returns to form when he gets off the disabled list, the rotation is still one to be reckoned with. Any team that makes the playoffs has a shot to win the World Series, but postseason success starts with starting pitching.
That’s actually not true. Postseason success starts with qualifying for the postseason. Will the Tigers make that first step? Almost 130 games into the season — 90 games after their hot start — it’s still impossible to say.
I don’t think anyone would argue that the Detroit Tigers are the best team in baseball right now–and after 130+ games it would also be hard to argue that they have the potential to be the best team in baseball. They just have too many flaws, however they can still get hot and get back to the postseason. As we’ve seen in the playoffs with the Tigers since 2006, anything can happen to a team in the postseason, both good and bad. It is not often the best regular season team wins it all, it is just the team that gets hot in October. You just gotta get there first.
Detroit Tigers Fans Could Get An Exciting Sneak Preview Of Steven Moya In September – Brad Faber, Rant Sports
But if and when Moya arrives, Tigers fans could be in for quite an exciting sneak preview. With the exception of switch-hitting Victor Martinez, the Tigers have been lacking a little bit of left-handed punch this season, and Moya could have a prime opportunity to show that he could be the solution to that problem in the future.
I have mixed feelings about seeing Steven Moya during a pennant race. While it could give the Tigers a shot in the arm, it could also be a negative if they try to force him into situations for which he is not yet ready.