It has always seemed unlikely the Tigers would ditch Ausmus following just one season, especially since Detroit won its division again.
Maddon is always ahead of the curve, never behind it. The classic example is how he position his fielders. It’s changed the game, and he was the leader on that front.
Detroit, of course, already has a manager in Brad Ausmus, a longtime major league catcher who now has one year of managing under his belt.
In his career, Cruz is 11 for 25 against Scherzer, giving him a .440 batting average against the Detroit ace.
“If you have a guy who can pitch the seventh, the eighth and the ninth, that’s a lot more secure than having a guy who can just pitch the eighth and the ninth,” Ausmus continued.
To be sure, the Tigers are happy to be a lock for the playoffs, but they want the division, not the wild card.
“It’s a little weak that they would hit him,” Ausmus said. “If they injure Victor there and we’re in the playoff hunt, that’s bad news.”
“I think certain guys have, when the stage is bigger and the spotlight’s brighter, they turn up their concentration, their game is elevated,” Ausmus said. “I think there is some truth to that.”
Detroit Tigers right fielder Torii Hunter made a believer out of new Tigers manager Brad Ausmus.
Tigers manager Brad Ausmus said he feels comfortable using starter-turned-reliever Anibal Sanchez at any point in a game.