MTUCache wrote:I'll admit that Casey needs to pick it up before he loses his job... big time. But Shelton is not a solution at 1B. In fact, with the exception of the first couple of weeks of last season, Shelton's career has been borderline awful.
It's no secret the Tiger's could use more production out of both CI spots (Casey and Inge), but at this point I think Leyland is happy balancing their defense (both well above-average defensively) with the rest of the squad's offense. When you're averaging 6+ runs per game, even with these two in your lineup, and they're contributing defensively, it's not a panic situation.
That being said, I'd like to see some changes made. Thames at 1B has been only a mild success, and definitely not long-term.
Long term the 1B solution is going to be Pudge Rodriguez. He's not staying behind the plate forever, and he's still an offensive weapon. He's very capable at 1B, and he won't be holding down any prospects in the organization.
For this season though, platooning Thames and Casey there isn't hurting us.
MTUCache is right on here
First of all, Casey was aquired last year because he is a lifetime .300 hitter who makes CONSISTANT contact with the ball. That was something the Tigers were desperately looking for last season. They re-signed him this year mostly because of his level of play in the world series. He was about the only Tigers player who played very well. Not to mention he plays solid defense and hits .300. They have enough power in their lineup now where they can afford Casey at 1st.
Why would you want to bring in Shelton when they score 6 runs a night right now? Maybe when the rest of the team cools off, but now right now.
Long term solution at 1B was suppose to be Shelton. I'm not so sure that's in the cards anymore. Maybe Pudge, maybe Guillen, maybe someone new. Who knows right now.
The Tigers problem right now isn't Casey or Inge, it's the bullpen. Their horrible
Rodney gives up a run everytime he pitches. Grilli is one of the worst pitchers I've EVER seen. Jones is and always will be shaky at best. Zumuya's hurt. They need to get Rogers and or Robertson back to form so Durbin can go help out in the pen.