Dmitri Young is gone. Dave Dombrowski has said it was performance related, but you have to wonder have some demons from the past come back. Has the attitude that has haunted the clubhouse in the past returned. Earlier in the year an unnamed player was quoted as saying the clubhouse didn't want him back. A very interesting move, when you realize that Chris Spurling was released earlier in the day to make room for Mike Maroth on the 40 man roster. If they were planning on releasing him, why not do it so Maroth can come back. Why drop two players when you only have to drop one? Also why drop a guy you had hitting third earlier that day? I have heard DY was spotted saying a thing or two to Leyland as he was pulled for a pinch hitter in the 8th. The move ended up being the right one. Pinch hitter Kevin Hooper sac bunted the runners to 2nd and 3rd, with C-Mo driving them in and tying the game on a rain-aided double.
DY or no DY, the Tigers have played like crap the past month. Pudge is vintage 2005, swinging at everything. Magglio is lucky to have warning track power. Sean Casey is a double play machine, not in the good way. At least Infante, Inge, Granderson and Monroe look like they're trying. The rest of the hitters have that look I saw last September, which gives me the sinking feeling like all that money I plunked down for playoff tickets, will be used instead for season tickets next year. The only thing keeping me sane is the fact that, arguably, they've been playing without their best two hitters(Polanco and Guillen) for the last few games.
This all leads up to a series that is simply the most important one of the year. The Tigers go into the Metrodome to face the Twins for four games(hopefully with Guillen in the line-up). The Tigers have owned the Twins all year, and if not for a 8th inning implosion they would have been the only team to sweep the Twins at home back at the end of July. But that was then and this is now. At the least a split is needed for some sense of "righting the ship". Well see what team shows up, hopefully it's the one I spent all that money on to see in the playoffs.
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