By: James Costa
He did it! Dombrowski did it again swinging a trade to upgrade the Tigers roster for the World Series push.
It’s been no secret the Tigers bullpen presented the biggest obstacle for a parade down Woodward. At the time of the trade Detroit ranked 26th in reliever ERA at 4.37 and 26th in WHIP at 1.43. With pivotal October games in the team’s future that would simply not get it done.
The addition of Joakim Soria should go a long way in turning those numbers around. Soria this season has a microscopic 0.87 WHIP as the Texas Rangers closer this season in part because he flat out doesn’t walk guys. The righty has only 4 base on balls in 33 innings of work.
The Soria trade is outstanding but he must be utilized properly. Dave Dombrowski told reporters that Joe Nathan is still the teams closer and added today that he would not speculate on the possibility of Soria taking the 9th inning job.
It’s not time to speculate; it’s time to act. Soria should be named the team’s closer the moment his plane touches down in Anaheim today. Joe Nathan with his inflated numbers and dipping velocity should take a back seat until he proves otherwise. If Nathan stays as the closer, then Joba Chamberlain the team’s best reliever will be thrown out of his role as a lights out setup man.
The Tigers should displace the inferior pitcher, and give themselves the best 8-9 combo possible starting tonight. Joba keeps the 8th, and Soria takes the 9th. Nathan has struggled and until now there was no replacement. Come later tonight…the answer will have landed.