The Filibuster

Looks like the Tigers made a deal.  Will Washburn be our savior now or is Jake Peavy the nail in the coffin for the White Sox?

Mandy
Farmington Hills, MI

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piniella_angry.jpgGreat
question Mandy. And it’s pretty amusing that Peavy ended up on the
White Sox after all those rumors about him going to the Cubs. Man,
Piniella must be spittin’ mad right about now. But I digress. You asked
about Washburn and to Washburn we will go. And the simple answer is, I
don’t know.

See, starting pitching really hasn’t been the
Tigers’ problem this year. They have Verlander and Jackson in the
rotation and both of them are All-Stars.
Washburn does improve the rotation but that isn’t going to matter much
if the Tigers’ hitters continue coming up short and if the bullpen
can’t hold a lead. Zumaya is out for the rest of the season, Lyon has
been a bust and Rodney may be converting most of his save opportunities but
he’s shaky enough that you almost wish Todd Jones was still there.
Almost.

The main problem with your question, Mandy, is that it’s
irrelevant. I don’t say that to be mean, it’s just that the American League central, and, by extension, your question, is
irrelevant. Whether the Twins, Tigers or White Sox take the crown, they
can’t possibly measure up against a loaded Angels club or the Red Sox and
Yankees. The talent, like the rivers, flows from the continental divide to the coasts and,
despite occasional flukes, there’s a reason that the same teams from
the same cities tend to be in the hunt every year.

Does Peavy
make the White Sox better? Sure. Does Washburn make Detroit better? Of course.
But does it matter when the Red Sox already have a stacked pitching
staff and then added Victor Martinez behind the plate? Or how about
the Phillies with the addition of Cliff Lee and Pedro Martinez?

Now Mandy, don’t get me wrong. I think the rest of the season in the AL Central should be a dogfight and it will probably go right down to the wire. The couple of wins that a Peavy or a Washburn can get you might make all the difference. But that difference doesn’t amount to a hill of beans when you get to the playoffs and face these other teams.

There is good news, though. Although it sometimes seems like everything is going wrong and the Tigers’ chances are as barren as nonagenarian cloistered sister, I always have someplace I can turn. And that, Mandy, is worth it’s weight in gold.

-A

8 Comments

Thank you for being so understanding of the superior Boston Red Sox! lol! And the video – priceless! ;-)

Julia
http://werbiefitz.mlblogs.com/

I dont think Piniella can get angry anymore i think someone stole his angry gene… it shames me that Astley is english, it looks like he should live in San Francisco…(now I’ll get hate mail from the Giants fans) ooops!
Outside the Phillies Looking In
http://devilabrit.mlblogs.com

Why so down on your Tigers, Allen? They could win the division! Ah, I’m sensing a fear of success. I know a good shrink I could recommend.

- http://janeheller.mlblogs.com

Apparently Washburn learned a new pitch, and it has turned his career around. He is having a great season, so it might be true. I think he is a good pick up, maybe even better than Peavy.

I was hoping to see both the Jays and Tigers contending when I go to Comerica in September. At least I’ll probably see one of them. Although it will be a battle for Detroit. I rooting for the Tigers. I hoping for October in the ‘D.’ … and the corny song.
http://homerfoodandhistory.mlblogs.com/

i like the RSBS mailbag. i would like to send in a question sometime as well. only problem is i gotta find something logical to ask

http://pittpeas.mlblogs.com

Pittpeas — Anytime, man. You can email it to us at kraulung@gmail.com or you can write it as a comment. No prob.
Allen — Your readers are asking you questions. Answer them, dude. Btw, Tigers will fail. They will.
–Jeff

All I can say is, the Sox BETTER take care of Victor! If not- they will..uh..I dont know, exactly. But I will totally go on strike if they dont treat Vic good. http://tribechick.mlblogs.com/
-TC

All I can say is, the two moves that these teams made are going to make the race in the Cenral a lot more interesting. Both pitchers are good enough to make that kind of difference.
-Dillon
http://dillonm.mlblogs.com

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