The Detroit Tigers put on another sad display last night. This time in Seattle, where the Mariners blasted the hapless Tigers by a score of 10-2. Their path to finishing last in the majors is right there in front of them. Amid their struggles, trade rumors have been flying around regarding their best players. Nick Castellanos, the only true threat that pitchers have to worry about in the lineup, is most likely on the way out.
On the pitching staff, reliever Shane Green is expected to find himself on a contender soon as well. The same could be said for starting pitcher Matthew Boyd. That’s not a terrible deal for the Tigers here. Despite playing this badly, there still a few players on their roster that they can use as decent trade chips. Castellanos and Green could both be valuable contributors.
That doesn’t change the fact that the Tigers are 2-14 in their previous sixteen games. Their only wins came against the Royals and Blue Jays. We need to go all the way back to June 29th to find the most recent game that the Tigers beat a team with a winning record.
The only goal the Tigers can have at this juncture is to avoid breaking their own infamous record of 119 losses from 2003. At the rate they’re going, the Tigers are on pace for a record of 48-114, which would be the 19th worst team in major league history.
While it’s been an awful season, the Tigers have in the inside track to the No. 1 pick in the draft. They have already been building up a quality farm system, and it’s going to get better if they work out solid deals at the trade deadline. Add a top pick in the draft and Casey Mize coming up, there is a light at the end of the tunnel in Detroit.
Just don’t expect a three-year turnaround like what happened in 2003 to 2006. The Mariners can’t say much because they’re 24 games back in the NL West with a record of 43-63. Head below to get the rest of our Tigers vs. Mariners pick and writeup.
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Daniel Norris came included in a bundle with Matt Boyd back in 2015 from the Blue Jays. That was a salary dumping move even there for the Tigers. They sent David Price to Toronto in the deal, which is one of many they’ve made in the last four years. Dumping Miguel Cabrera’s contract on somebody would be gold, but that’s not happening, nor does anyone want Jordan Zimmermann.
Norris isn’t totally protected from the trade market. He could be on the move as well, but it’d just be for depth. He enters Friday with a 5.08 ERA with a 1.45 WHIP and .337 OBA. His numbers have slipped recently as well, with a 7.36 ERA and 1.84 WHIP in his previous three contests.
Playing on a losing club can kill motivation to get out there and pitch and hit. Along with anemic pitching, the Tigers are 29th in the majors with 3.58 runs scored per game. They likely finish last by the end of the season. The Marlins have been dead last all season, but they’ve been better in the second-half, while Detroit has suffered offensively.
Kikuchi has been struggling this season as well. The first-year major league pitcher, who previously spent his professional career in Japan, has been spotty. He was showing signs of improving, with 3 or less runs allowed in four straight outings. However, the Angels punched him out for 7 runs in his most recent showing.
The Tigers should present a nice opportunity for him to get back on track. He has skill, but some terrible starts have skewed his numbers up badly. Kikuchi has shown the ability to be dominant at times. He should at least have a decent enough night for the Mariners’ offense to get to Norris here. Seattle at home with a very reasonable price given their opponent is worth consideration on Friday night out west.