Monday, June 1, 2009

Always (And Almost) A Tiger Update

Another month into the season, another look at how past Tigers have done so far this year. I managed to find six more former Tigers that I missed last time around. I also took a look at how certain players the Tigers had been rumored to be going after in the offseason have done, too. That follows the ex-Tiger stuff. Anyhoo...

SP-Jair Jurrjens, Atl, 5-2, 2.59, 66 IP, 40 K
SP-Andrew Miller, Fla, 1-2, 4.55, 29.2, 20
SP-Brian Moehler, Hou, 2-3, 6.43, 35, 24
SP-Jeff Weaver, LAD, 2-1, 4.38, 24.2, 16
RP-Jamie Walker, Bal, 0-0, 3.97, 11.1, 9
RP-Kyle Farnsworth, KC, 1-3, 3.57, 17.2, 18
RP-Troy Percival, TB, 0-1, 6.35, 6/6 SV, 11.1, 7
RP-Jason Grilli, Col, 0-1, 5.89, 18.1, 21
RP-Doug Brocail, Hou, 1-0, 4.76, 5.2, 4
RP-Casey Fossum, NYM, 0-0, 2.25, 4, 3
RP-Chad Durbin, Phi, 1-1, 4.50, 26, 23
RP-Trevor Miller, StL, 1-0, 3.09, 11.2, 12
RP-Wil Ledezma, Was, 0-0, 9.53, 5.2, 8
RP-Roman Colon, KC, 0-0, 0.00, 2.1, 3
RP-Francisco Cordero, Cin, 0-1, 1.71, 13/13, 21, 21
RP-Tim Byrdak, Hou, 0-1, 3.50, 18, 13
RP-Eulogio De La Cruz, SD, 0-0, 5.40, 3.1, 2

C-Ivan Rodriguez, Hou, .264, 5, 22, .305 OBP
C-Brad Ausmus, LAD, .344, 0, 3, .400
C-Mike Rivera, Mil, .323, 0, 2, .313
1B-Carlos Pena, TB, .231, 17, 41, .367
1B-Tony Clark, Ari, .179, 2, 5, .258
2B-Omar Infante, Atl, .349, 1, 11, .389
2B-Jason Smith, Hou, .000, 0, 1, .000
3B-Jack Hannahan, Oak, .194, 1, 5, .265
SS-John McDonald, Tor, .211, 0, 0, .211
SS-Edgar Renteria, SF, .247, 2, 23, .335
OF-Gabe Kapler, TB, .178, 0, 5, .274
OF-Matt Joyce, TB, .231, 2, 2, .333
OF-Cody Ross, Fla, .254, 7, 28, .307
OF-Cameron Maybin, Fla, .202, 1, 3, .280
OF-Gary Sheffield, NYM, .292, 5, 19, .433
OF-Matt Stairs, Phi, .281, 3, 8, .465
OF-Craig Monroe, Pit, .235, 3, 15, .278
OF-Andres Torres, SD, .250, 1, 2, .400
OF-Frank Catalanotto, Mil, .250, 0, 2, .250

All I have to say about this is...Gary Sheffield...I TOLD YOU SO, I TOLD YOU SO, I TOLD YOU SO!!! Ahem...okay.

Now, in the offseason, we were supposedly looking to address three places: catcher, shortstop, and relief pitching. Oddly enough, our biggest and best addition was a starter, Edwin Jackson, but here you go.

CATCHER
Got: Gerald Laird, .225, 2, 24, .320
Got: Matt Treanor, Dead

Laird has been solid on defense, but has fallen apart at the plate. Treanor never got a hit before being out for the year. His replacement, Dane Sardinha, looks like a blind man at the dish. We still need a catcher, in my opinion. Laird was their first choice, but there were a couple others rumored to be coming that I heard of.

Greg Zaun, Bal, .203, 1, 4, .309
Jason Varitek, Bos, .239, 10, 22, .327
Jason LaRue, StL, .276, 2, 12, .323

Varitek would've been too expensive to justify what he brings. I'm hoping Laird finds a happy medium between his good April and terrible May.

SHORTSTOP
Got: Adam Everett, .284, 1, 17, .331

Adam's been a surprise at the plate and great in the field. Despite my early hatred of him for choosing Bobby Higginson's sacred #4, I'm happy with Adam's performance splitting time with The Little Tiger That Could, Ramon Santiago. Other rumored shortstops, either by trade or free agent, were:

Julio Lugo, Bos, .276, 1, 4, .345
Nick Punto, Min, .187, 0, 12, .290
Orlando Cabrera, Oak, .236, 2, 16, .280
Bobby Crosby, Oak, .204, 1, 10, .308
Rafael Furcal, .245, 1, 10, .308
Jack Wilson, Pit, .246, 1, 16, .275
Khalil Greene, StL, .200, 2, 14, .287

Double D made the right choice here with Everett. He got him at a bargain price and Adam's already earned his million.

THE QUEST FOR RELIEF
Got: Brandon Lyon, 1-3, 6.43, 0/1 SV, 21 IP, 9 K

Joel Zumaya's return was in question, Todd Jones retired, and Fernando Rodney sucked last year. Those were things that needed to be addressed. Luckily for us all, Ryan Perry has been very good, Zoom's back throwing smoke, and Rodney's 10/10 in save opportunities. Sadly, and to the surprise of really no one, Lyon's been a bust in every way possible. The only time I've felt for him was the game where he was left out there to die in extra innings. There were a million rumors about who we were getting for the pen. Here's some of the guys and how they're doing.

Kerry Wood, Cle, 2-2, 6.00, 8/10, 18, 21
Juan Cruz, KC, 3-1, 3.97, 2/4, 22.2, 14
Brian Fuentes, LAA, 0-2, 5.30, 13/16, 19.1, 10
Kevin Gregg, ChiC, 0-1, 4.64, 8/9, 21.1, 24
Huston Street, Col, 1-1, 3.38, 8/8, 21.1, 24
JJ Putz, NYM, 1-3, 3.81, 2/3, 28.1, 19
Joe Beimel, Was, 0-3, 4.87, 20.1, 11
Trevor Hoffman, Mil, 0-0, 0.00, 13/13, 15, 14

As much as I continue to crow about how well Gary's doing as a Met, boy, was I wrong about Hoffman. He's featuring the best changeup in baseball this year by anyone not named Johan Santana. I thought he was done.

We're a month away from July and trade season. Let the new rumors begin!

6 comments:

Marques723 said...

Nicely done research.

David said...

JJ is the only former Tiger on the entire list that I miss.

toasterhands said...

Gosh, if only Pena could hit .255-.265, he'd be a perennial All-Star.

Nice Job.

J Ellet Lambie said...

Cool piece - love the former Tigers news, keep it up.

Juan Cruz is a guy I would have liked, but the in-house replacements seem to be holding their own. Brandon Lyon, god bless him, doesn't seem to have whatever it was he once had. Maybe it will return unexpectedly like a dead soap opera star, if not July 31 is 8 weeks away!

Blake said...

Let's just wait and see what Sheff's numbers look like at the end of the season. I think you're way wrong about him, but I understand your gloating now. Enjoy it while it lasts.

J Ellet Lambie said...

Cool piece - love the former Tigers news, keep it up.

Juan Cruz is a guy I would have liked, but the in-house replacements seem to be holding their own. Brandon Lyon, god bless him, doesn't seem to have whatever it was he once had. Maybe it will return unexpectedly like a dead soap opera star, if not July 31 is 8 weeks away!