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Bottle of Hex Ale wrote:Last year, this team had one of their best 1 through 4 in decades and one the least productive 5 throgh 9s.
This year, I'll remember this team as being outstanding for the first half of the game. By far the best in the league. And by far the worst in the league in the second half.
1. Relying on a bunch of hopefuls for the bullpen. Villareal, Valverde, Cordon, Coke as a closer, Albuquerque Al and a slew of AAAAers. Hard to imagine the executive office could build such an outstanding rotation and not be able to patch together a decent bullpen.
2. Not sending Miggy to the DL in late August. His production for the rest of the season offensively was mediocre and defensively he was a liability. The Tigers probably could have gotten equal production out of Santiago and Kelly and had a healthy Miggy for the post-season, not one who'd hit about 250. Hard o imagine that he wouldn't have healed in 4 weeks.
Most of the pieces will be back next season and I expect to see an improved team on the field. They have the potential to roll over everyone.