What a glorious time to return to writing after a game in which the Tigers acted like the team I thought they were. Stranding baserunners and not hitting the ball out of the infield. The bullpen giving up the game-winning homerun. It's all too familiar.
One thing I have learned over the past few months is that the Tigers are an even more frustrating team to watch when I am not writing about them. At least when I am writing I can let off a little steam, but last night I felt like punching a wall.
Rumors circulate about the Tigers looking at Matt Holliday in the outfield. The prospect of that happening is a very very slim I believe, but why not address a much bigger issue in the bullpen. If Joel Zumaya goes down with season ending surgery, then we will have another gaping hole in an already swiss-cheese like bullpen. If he doesn't, it might be even worse. The inconsistency of the ben has been startling. Last night, even the most effective Tiger reliever (arguably) lost the game for us. If Armando Galaragga is going to step up and return to form, the lead needs to be kept for him not matter how small. Admittedly, a bigger lead would have been lovely and I guess that is where the need for a bat comes into play.
I, for one, would just much rather see a consistent arm in the pen. They tried that whole idea of "score runs until we cant score anymore" concept last year, and in the end what they were missing was pitching. I just hope we make a deal soon.