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HBT Daily: Five starters, four slots: what will the Tigers do with their playoff rotation?

Aug 7, 2014, 12:30 PM EDT

  1. NYTolstoy - Aug 7, 2014 at 12:52 PM

    This must be the greatest worst problem ever. We have 5 great pitchers but we can only use 4 in our playoff run? What do they do!

    • gloccamorra - Aug 7, 2014 at 5:41 PM

      Who says you can only use four? Use all five and give the pitchers more time off to add a little more zip to their fastball later. Heck, bring up a prospect in September and use a SIX man rotation! There’s no need to use the compressed playoff schedule now to get pitchers used to it, they’ll adjust better if they’re well rested.

    • boogerhill - Aug 7, 2014 at 6:20 PM

      Verlander does not fit this category any more, and weasel Porcello is just a mirage, and a boy named Anibel is still sub 500 for his career!

  2. tfbuckfutter - Aug 7, 2014 at 1:10 PM

    They can all get together and watch the playoffs at Verlander’s house if they don’t start hitting crappy pitchers soon.

    • historiophiliac - Aug 7, 2014 at 1:19 PM

      No kidding. They left 8 on base last night. You aren’t winning if you can’t do something with the bases loaded — and it’s not King Felix on the mound or something. Quit hacking at crap!!!!

      • tfbuckfutter - Aug 7, 2014 at 1:20 PM

        Yeah. If they make the playoffs they will be in trouble when they run into the likes of Brendan McCarthy and Chris Capuano.

    • boogerhill - Aug 7, 2014 at 6:17 PM

      You need to get to the playoffs first! Don’t assume, just because you are in a crappy division!

  3. moogro - Aug 7, 2014 at 1:13 PM

    Think of the children.

    Quicker hooks?

  4. bender4700 - Aug 7, 2014 at 1:22 PM

    Clearly this 1 game sample size is evidence enough that the first place Tigers will lose and not make the playoffs.

    Says the logic of some.

    Riiiigghht.

  5. chiadam - Aug 7, 2014 at 1:42 PM

    The trade seems like more of a desire to make a bold move than a carefully thought-out addition, because I don’t think that their pitching staff needed help so badly that trading away a plus defender at a premium position was necessary.

  6. stlouis1baseball - Aug 7, 2014 at 2:00 PM

    They do not currently have five good options. They have four good options and a continually scuffling Verlander. So you put Verlander in the pen and if his ego gets in the way you have him check his bank account and look at his Girlfriend.

  7. jeffchadwick - Aug 7, 2014 at 2:27 PM

    When the Tigers were having their Valverde issues a couple seasons back, I thought a few times that it would make sense to stick Scherzer in the bullpen for the same reasons folks are considering Verlander as a bullpen ace in 2014: he’s really, really good the first time through the order. The most logical choice would be Verlander, but it might be tough to tell your $20 million former ace that he’s moving to middle relief for the playoffs.

  8. Bar None - Aug 7, 2014 at 2:41 PM

    When did it become a rule that you can’t use a 5 man rotation? If the off days affect things, have someone throw a sim game and skip them. Last I checked a rested arm isn’t necessarily a bad thing.

    • gloccamorra - Aug 7, 2014 at 11:43 PM

      In the playoffs with days off, all you need is a four man rotation. However, the first week of August seems a bit early to be getting ready for it.

  9. packer42390 - Aug 7, 2014 at 2:44 PM

    Shouldn’t they make sure they hold off the Royals before worrying about their playoff rotation? Last I checked, the Tigers are cold, the Royals are hot and only 3.5 games back. They also play each other 6 times before now and the end of the season.

    I actually think it would be epic if Oakland and Detroit were passed by the Royals and Angels and had to face each other in a one game win all, Price V. Lester.

    • gloccamorra - Aug 7, 2014 at 5:44 PM

      It would be even more epic if Seattle and Cleveland got hot and took the wildcards.

  10. boogerhill - Aug 7, 2014 at 6:18 PM

    AL central doesn’t have to worry about a wild card!

  11. bronx77 - Aug 8, 2014 at 3:27 AM

    It wasn’t just one game. They got beat by a not so great Yankees staff 3 out of 4. Their pitching won’t be there problem, but what everyone is trying to say is they should be trending up and away from the royals but they aren’t. Better lock down that playoff spot now because anything can happen in September.

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