I have to figure the job is still Percival's Urbina has hardly been automatic and like was said above, Percival is being paid to be the closer and just as importantly came to Detroit over what some people would say were more appealing situations in good faith thinking that he was the closer.
stumpak wrote:I have to figure the job is still Percival's Urbina has hardly been automatic and like was said above, Percival is being paid to be the closer and just as importantly came to Detroit over what some people would say were more appealing situations in good faith thinking that he was the closer.
Well, I don't know what numbers you are working off of but since Percy's been out, Uggie's numbers:
11G, 8-8 SV, 13 IP, 9 H, 2 ER, 6 BB, 14 K
I'd say that's pretty automatic. While I still think Percy's the better pitcher, I like Trammel's line of thinking. Why fix something that isn't broken?
"Think of how stupid the average person is, and realize half of them are stupider than that." ~George Carlin
I suspect that Alan Trammell is more concerned with losing his job (as he should be these days) than meeting Troy Percival's need to feel loved.
For what it's worth, I live in Detroit and watch as many games as I can. Uggy has looked extremely strong. He ferociously wants that closer job/tag back and he is effectively marketing himself not only to the Tigers but to other clubs.
The fact that Trammell is wavering even slightly on this question in my book gives the edge to Uggy.
But then again, Trammell makes a lot of non-sensical personnel decisions (Higginson, anyone?)
Trammell is a mess, but one thing he has shown is loyalty to his players. Even when they don't deserve it: Higgy, Pena(finally sent down today). I can see him putting Percy back in the closer role once he proves he is healthy.
I can also see Urbina looking over his shoulder and pouting again, which will lead to blown saves and mediocre stats. Best plan would be for Percy to recapture the saver role and the trade of Ugie and White for a left handed bat.
Wonder how stupid Dusty is feeling these days? Wasn't he trying to deal Patterson?
The job will be Percivals and I'm guessing rather quickly. Urbina will still get some save chances as he did when Percival was healthy. A trade makes sense, if not now (as lots of teams are already looking for BP help), then at the deadline for sure.
Mulliniks Watch: Still stuck on 1325 games 3569 AB 445 R 972 H 73 HR 435 RBI 0.272 AVG 15 SB