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And at what point does the coaching staff get credit for them pitching well, instead of just criticism for them not always winning? Maroth and Bonderman have developed well. Johnson has turned around from a poor 2004. Robertson has had seemingly less effective stuff than last year, but is somehow having a better year.moochman wrote:The Tigers pitching has been very good the first half, top 4 in the AL. And Trammell couldn't manage to find ways to get them to win more than they lose.
Brandon Inge is among the league leaders in pitches per plate appearance, rivalling Bobby Abreu for most pitches seen in all of baseball. Craig Monroe improves his plate discipline every year and he works the count often, only lacking consistency in doing so. Shelton also gives many quality at-bats in his short time. There's 3 hitters developed by this system that have a lot of potential to be quality hitters for a number of years. Also Guillen really turned his career around since arriving here and has become one of the league's better hitters. Is the coaching staff to receive credit for this? I don't know, but it clearly isn't anywhere near as bleak as you say.moochman wrote:During Tram's tour Tiger batters have been notorious for short at-bats due to their impatience.
There just aren't a lot of players like him in all of baseball, not just here. Not enough in fact. If enjoying seeing a guy who can handle a bat like him makes one a slappy, then count me in.moochman wrote:Watch a game and see how the slappy announcers drool over how great a hitter Palanco is, just because he looks at pitches and can make contact. He has the perfect approach for Comerica National Park.
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