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I think the Tigers have solved their shortstop problem

Jun 14, 2014, 9:24 PM EDT

Eugenio Suarez AP

Their bullpen is still a hot mess, but the Tigers have finally figured out how to live in a post-Jose Iglesias world. After misfiring with Alex Gonzalez and getting way, way less-than-replacement offensive value from Andrew Romine, Eugenio Suarez has been exactly what the doctor ordered.

Suarez went 3 for 4 with two RBI and three runs scored in the Tigers’ 12-9 win over the Twins this afternoon.
He hit a solo homer and RBI double in the Tigers’ seven-run third inning, walked in the fifth inning, and then tripled to right field in the seventh.

So far Suarez is hitting .400/.500/1.000 with three home runs, and eight runs scored through his first eight major league games. Obviously that will fall way the heck off, but in a stretch where so much has gone wrong for the Tigers, they have to be happy something is going right.

  1. historiophiliac - Jun 14, 2014 at 9:49 PM

    I was kinda bummed he didn’t get the single for the cycle (for reals, the single is the one missing!), but it was a great day. Bats were hot today, thank Dog. Unfortunately, we still have a sorry-arse bullpen… Good grief!

    • Reflex - Jun 15, 2014 at 12:31 AM

      Judging by his minor league record he has more potential than Iglesias. He may be the real solution at short with Iglesias becoming a super utility guy next year.

      • unclemosesgreen - Jun 15, 2014 at 8:24 AM

        You are literally the only person who thinks Suarez has shown more potential than Iglesias.

        He’s a nice prospect and he’s off to a good start on his debut. Range and footwork are questionable and most scouts see him as more of a 2B or utility guy. If everyone was healthy, he’d still be boosting his stock in the minors and waiting for a late season utility call-up.

        His swing is nice and compact, doesn’t look like one that pitchers will be exploiting or finding holes in any time soon. He’s a nice player. But he has literally never flashed the kind of potential that would make anyone forget about Iglesias. Suarez doesn’t have any one skill which is anywhere close to as good as Iglesias’ defense.

      • Reflex - Jun 15, 2014 at 1:42 PM

        The problem is that Iglesias’ defense is overrated. He has negative ratings there at every level. He looks good in the same way Jeter looks good, namely he makes poor early decisions thus making it look impressive when he does something acrobatic with the ball if he manages to reach it.

        Iglesias has no bat. His defense is suspect. I am not saying Suarez is the answer, but he’s got a hell of a lot better chance of being a regular at least league regular SS next season than Iglesias does.

  2. apkyletexas - Jun 14, 2014 at 11:59 PM

    @Craig – have you seen what Andrew McCutchen has done over the past 13 games? Of course you haven’t. His name is not Yasiel or Bryce. He doesn’t play for a team with a bloated $150 million+ payroll. He’s not in a major media market, so your NBC masters aren’t interested in pushing him.

    That’s alright – I’ll give you a taste: .408/.473/.959/1.432, 7 HR, 9 doubles, 52 total bases, 11 runs, 18 RBI.

    Do you still remember how to spell MVP? Hint – starts with an M, ends with a P, V in the middle. You can do it.

    • Reflex - Jun 15, 2014 at 12:33 AM

      How’s Maddux’s HOF case looking lately? Was Griffey “rushed to the majors?” Did the Pirates keep Polanco down entirely for logical reasons that had nothing to do with controlling costs?

      Inquiring minds want to know….

    • zzalapski - Jun 15, 2014 at 2:00 AM

      What does this have to do with Eugenio Suarez?

    • unclemosesgreen - Jun 15, 2014 at 8:19 AM

      Yeah, screw NBC and their East Coast bias.

      You aren’t very smart, are you?

    • unclemosesgreen - Jun 15, 2014 at 8:26 AM

      Taken as whole, your entire body of comments could also be summed up as “a pile.” Why don’t you scoop them into a blivet and take them home?

    • scatterbrian - Jun 15, 2014 at 1:07 PM

      Andrew McCutchen is the reigning National League MVP and is headed to his fourth straight All-Star game. He’s not some underrated or under-appreciated player. He’s pretty well established as one of the best players in baseball and we expect him to have awesome stretched like this, and we don’t need to stop the presses when he does.

  3. 1998yanks - Jun 15, 2014 at 12:39 AM

    Good. Iglesias can play ss for the Yankees next year, and everyone is happy!

  4. bostonfrogs - Jun 15, 2014 at 1:26 AM

    They’ve solved their shortstop problem–great. Now all they need to do is solve their closer problem, their middle relief problem, their Verlander problem, their team defense problem, their catcher problem, and their rookie manager problem, and then they’ll be in business.

    • deepstblu - Jun 15, 2014 at 8:47 AM

      Gee, with all that it’s hard to believe they have a game-and-a-half up in the division problem.

    • scatterbrian - Jun 15, 2014 at 12:16 PM

      Don’t forget their outfield problem.

  5. joerymi - Jun 15, 2014 at 1:40 AM

    I would love him to be the real deal, but 8 games? But the way that position was shaping up for this season; It is frankly impossible he isn’t an upgrade.

  6. racksie - Jun 15, 2014 at 4:23 AM

    Yep. Problem solved. No way MLB pitchers will find holes to exploit in his approach and swing. Eight games seems a bit more than premature. But hey, maybe he is Allan Trammel. After eight games. Yeah, he may fall way, way off. And become the same problem they have been trying to address all year. EIGHT GAMES? Wow Craig. Just, wow.

    • unclemosesgreen - Jun 15, 2014 at 8:39 AM

      Didn’t read to the end, huh? Wow racksie, just wow.

      • racksie - Jun 24, 2014 at 1:31 AM

        Nope just read the headline. Oh and that part at the end about him falling way way off. The headline was a kicker though. Problem solved. Also, you seem a bit crabby.

  7. bostonfrogs - Jun 15, 2014 at 10:15 AM

    @deepstblue: Gee, because being a game and a half up on the mighty AL Central–in early JUNE must mean that everything is just swell! Golly you’re a smart one!

    “Remain calm–all is well!” should be the motto of the 2014 Tigers, and you’d buy right in.

    • historiophiliac - Jun 15, 2014 at 11:58 AM

      Do me a favor: if we go to the playoffs again, don’t bother cheering for them then.

      • bostonfrogs - Jun 15, 2014 at 12:04 PM

        Do me a favor: go watch “Pollyanna” instead of advising others about hot to follow a sports team–you’d be better at that.

      • historiophiliac - Jun 15, 2014 at 12:14 PM

        Why is that? And stop thumbing yourself.

  8. yahmule - Jun 15, 2014 at 10:48 AM

    This thread could have waited until after FAAB this evening.

  9. bostonfrogs - Jun 15, 2014 at 12:19 PM

    Sounds like you have plenty of experience in that area, hphiliac. Say, Pollyana may be available on Netflix for half-off on Father’s Day–better hurry!

    • historiophiliac - Jun 15, 2014 at 12:36 PM

      If you want to be an a-hole, be one, but you have to know if you cheer in the playoffs everyone will think you’re an a-hole bandwagon fan. Obviously, you are, so carry on and have a nice day.

      • bostonfrogs - Jun 15, 2014 at 12:42 PM

        “Everyone” meaning the anonymous posters (many of whom are not nearly as naiive as you) on the comment section of an internet sports article? How will I ever sleep at night knowing that I’ve earned their disapproval for saying what most knowledgeable fans already know–that this Tigers team has serious, significant problems that need to be addressed if they’re going to do anything at all in the post season?

        Good Lord you’re dumb. But yes, have a nice day and don’t forget to slip on your Rose-colored glasses before you head to Comerica!

      • historiophiliac - Jun 15, 2014 at 1:00 PM

        Haha You are new here or you just learned to read. Good for you.

  10. bostonfrogs - Jun 15, 2014 at 1:06 PM

    That’s the best you’ve got? Lol.

    In all seriousness, I get what you’re saying. But you yourself complained about the bullpen in an earlier post, so this is really just venting over one of the worst stretches of baseball we’ve seen in the Miggy era–nothing more, and nothing personal.

    • Reflex - Jun 15, 2014 at 1:52 PM

      At least she knows how to consistently use the reply function in a thread…

      • bostonfrogs - Jun 15, 2014 at 1:54 PM

        You’re not too bright, are you? Reply function doesn’t appear after a few posts in a thread. Pay attention and maybe you’ll do a little better next time (but I doubt it).

      • Reflex - Jun 15, 2014 at 1:56 PM

        You use the reply from the second tier. I know, its complicated to figure that out.

      • historiophiliac - Jun 15, 2014 at 2:05 PM

        See Dunning-Kruger effect.

      • bostonfrogs - Jun 15, 2014 at 2:09 PM

        You mean like your illusion of superiority in telling other fans how to act? Well, I’ll admit that you nailed that one!

        (Actually, I kind of like the Reflex way of replying within the thread…not bad).

      • historiophiliac - Jun 15, 2014 at 3:05 PM

        Can’t even google right. smh

      • bostonfrogs - Jun 15, 2014 at 3:18 PM

        And you’re the last person to lecture anyone else on being an a-hole. Smh.

      • Reflex - Jun 15, 2014 at 3:52 PM

        Personal attacks are against site policy. Going to keep it up? Is there a reason you have a problem with Historio? Why did you suddenly join and start bashing on her? Wondering if you are simply the latest sock puppet account of a troll who was banned…

  11. bostonfrogs - Jun 15, 2014 at 1:57 PM

    Rules according to Reflex. Get a life, loser.

  12. bostonfrogs - Jun 15, 2014 at 4:09 PM

    Personal attacks are exactly what you and she have engaged in, so pulling out the rule book is more than a bit hypocritical. Neither one of you have done anything but attack me directly instead of debating the merits (or lack thereof) of my thoughts on the state of the Tigers. Now, if you want to stop, no problem–we can stop. But don’t act holier than thou when you got involved with a thread that had nothing to do with you and reignited an argument that had already been extinguished.

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