“I always turn to the sports pages first, which records man’s accomplishments. The front page has nothing but man’s failures.”
– Earl Warren
Seems like all across America, the debate over the American League MVP award is centered around Josh Hamilton and Miguel Cabrera. Sure, you hear occasional talk about Robinson Cano or even Adrian Beltre, but mostly it has been those two. One name that has been left out is that of Jose Bautista. All he did last night was club two home runs, including a grand slam.
Bautista is now 16 homers clear of second place (Cabrera and Paul Konerko) with 54 Bautista Bombs on the year and his five RBI night also brought him to within two of Cabrera for the major league lead in that category.
Is it time to give serious consideration to Bautista for MVP? I think so, but apart from the guys on the MLBNetwork set last night, I can’t find a national writer willing to make that case this morning. I’ll keep checking and update should I find one, but I’ll say this: If Cabrera is a legitimate candidate on a team with 80 wins, why wouldn’t Bautista be on a Blue Jays team that has a better record?
Turning to Tigers news, Kurt Mensching at Bless You Boys gives us the skinny on a proposed Stephen Drew for Rick Porcello trade that Arizona approached the Tigers about mid-season. Kurt sounds as if he would be in favor of such a trade should it be re-visited this winter.
While I like Drew, I’m content to go into next year with Porcello in the rotation and Jhonny Peralta at short. Afterall, Peralta’s only two years older than Drew and Fangraphs says Peralta has a UZR/150 of 6.5 at short since coming to the Tigers while Drew is at 7.4. That’s a pretty small difference and it doesn’t seem worth it to me to give up Porcello for an upgrade so small. I realize that Drew is a left handed hitter, but when you already have a shortstop that has proven capable on your roster, the hole isn’t as glaring as it was when this trade was proposed. if the Tigers turned it down then, I’d have to think they’d be less inclined to make the move now.
Speaking of pitchers potentially leaving the team, John Lowe of the Free Press says that Twins manager Ron Gradenhire has always loved the competitiveness of Jeremy Bonderman, who makes what could be his final start with the Tigers late this afternoon. Not sure why Gardenhire was even asked this question, seeing as the Tigers are taking on the Orioles and not the Twins, but whatever I guess.
As much as I have wavered about the idea of keeping Bondo, I have always admired his willingness to go after the hitter, even after injuries sapped him of his velocity.
And speaking of the Freep, Rogo at DesigNateRobertson has taken umbrage with a reader-submitted column they saw fit to post on their site. In the absence of FJM, Rogo never fails to bring joy to my heart with his unrelenting anger and vulgar humor. A guilty pleasure I suppose.
At Tigers Amateur Analysis, Erin (aka SabreRoseTiger) points out that with the injury to Cabrera, the Venezuelan Mafia is down to the last man standing (which was a very underrated Bruce Willis flick, btw).
That’s all I have for today, kiddies. Enjoy the links!