Reporting Greg Bowman
It’s still early. But so far, the results of the Tigers trade with the Seattle Mariners are mixed, at best. The Baltimore Orioles hit Doug Fister early and often on Sunday, as he allowed eight runs in his second straight loss since joining the Tigers. Meantime, rookie Charlie Furbush, who the Tigers traded away for Fister in a six player deal, allowed just one run to the hard-hitting Boston Red Sox, to pick up his third win. Outfielder Casper Wells is hitting .333 with two home runs and 8 rbi for the Mariners since being traded away by the Tigers in the same deal.
Again, it’s too soon to say that the Mariners got the best end of the deal. But let’s just hope this trade doesn’t wind up like the last deal the Tigers made with Seattle when they got Jerrod Washburn at the end of the 2009 season. He was supposed to help the Tigers win the division title (which they lost on a one game playoff to the Twins at the end of the year). Washburn was awful for the Tigers, picking up just one win with an ERA north of seven. And they also added Aubrey Huff that season, who was great for the World Champion Giants last season, but did nothing for the Tigers.
Is anyone shocked that Carlos Guillen is once again on the Disabled List? I’m certainly not surprised, but it is disappointing after Guillen got off to good start before slumping at the plate. Unfortunately, that means Ryan Rayburn will be exposed in the field again. Rayburn is starting to get hot at the plate, as he typically does in the second half of the season. But the ball tends to find him wherever he plays. I’ve always thought the Tigers are better off with Santiago or Rhymes in the field.
All these one run victories for the Tigers lately have been exciting, but they also show one of the Tigers weaknesses all year long: failing to get the big hit with men on base.
It’s been an unusual year for Victor Martinez. He’s been one of the most consistent Tigers at the plate this season, especially with two outs. But his power seems to have disappeared. He’s only got six home runs this year. Still, I’d rather have all those two out singles and doubles instead of 20 home runs and 120 strike outs.