The Detroit Tigers start a long swing with their AL Central foes, and many questions remain about the ability of the team. Luckily, Tiger Talk connoisseurs Tony Garcia and Richie Cozzolino have all the answers.
The guys first discuss the previous series in Boston, praising rookie Nick Castellanos and his wonderful series versus a pesky Red Sox team. However, compliments about the bottom of the lineup end with the third basemen. With Cabrera’s lingering hamstring issues and shortstop position problems, the bats were quiet for many games during Detroit’s losing streak. Tony and Richie talk about whether Andrew Romine is truly the answer at short for the Tigers, or whether rookie Eugenio Suarez and his powerful bat can take over the position.
The conversation switches to the hottest topic in Detroit: the bullpen. With a combined team ERA of 7.71 in the 9th inning of games, Joe Nathan and company is floundering. Is Joba Chamberlain the answer? Can Joel Hanrahan send a spark through the bullpen once he returns? Or does Nathan need to pull this team through, despite his track record in the 2014 season?
The conversation closes with the MLB draft over the weekend, with Detroit selecting centerfielder Derrick Hill No. 22 overall. Considered one of the most promising picks since Castellanos, the guys discuss whether he is the future for Detroit in the field.
Tony and Richie try to find a secret formula to get Detroit back on track on another edition of Tiger Talk!
Tony Garcia is host of Tiger Talk for Impact Sports.
Richie Cozzolino is co-host of Tiger Talk for Impact Sports.