Notes from Suburbia

Sounds like the name of a new Green Day album, eh?

Anyhow, I’ve been busy lately so there are a few things I need to get off my chest. Here goes:

  • Is it just me or does Jose Mesa scream Fernando Vina? I don’t think he’ll ever be effective again. If I’m the Tigers I cut my losses now and be done with him.
  • Semi-Bold Prediction Number 1: Jason Grilli will not be on this roster at the end of August. He hasn’t been nearly as effective as last year an I don’t think Jim Leyland will tolerate it much longer.
  • Semi-Bold Prediction Number 2: Wilfredo Ledezma is not long for this team either. With the effectiveness of Bobby Seay against lefties, the arrival of Tim Byrdak, and the apparent poise of Andrew Miller Ledezma’s margin for error grows smaller and smaller.
  • Summarizing, the bullpen needs to be retooled … and the sooner the better. Great Freep article today on the travails of the pen and how it’s ERA has gone from the penthouse to the outhouse.
  • Memo to Craig Monroe: Please don’t act surprised when you strike out. If I’m not surprised you shouldn’t be.
  • Related note: How long until Cameron Maybin‘s ready to be here?
  • Quick quiz, which stat line would you rather have: Leftie-hitting 29-year-old first baseman batting .307, 9 HRs, 25 RBIs earning $800,000; switch-hitting 34-year-old first baseman batting .246, 7 HRs, 19 RBIs earning just over $1,000,000; leftie-hitting 39-year-old first baseman/outfielder batting .323, 4 HRs, 10 RBIs earning $850,000; or a leftie-hitting 32-year-old first baseman batting .252, 0 HRs, 10 RBIs earning $4,000,000?
  • Jim Price … why? Why are we continually subjected to him on a nightly basis? His “late movement,” his “no question,” his “hitting machine” (notice how Placido Polanco has made Chris Shelton a forgotten memory!), and every other cliche he has to rely on. It saddens me this proud franchise with such a rich tradition of broadcasters (Ernie, Paul, and Van Patrick) are saddled with this man. I believe is still available. Who’s in?
  • Oh yeah, those first baseman: Carlos Pena, Tony Clark, Matt Stairs, and Sean Casey.
  • Parting story: My family is collecting the collectible Tiger pins sponsored by the Detroit newspapers. My wife was in our local 7-11 the other day picking up a couple pins. She handed the cashier a coupon for Placido Polanco and Carlos Guillen. The cashier said, “We don’t have any Placebo or Gilly-anne.” Guess not everyone in metro Detroit is onboard the Tiger bandwagon.


Author: Mike McClary

Upbeat guy.

One thought on “Notes from Suburbia”

  1. Mesa must go, but Grilli could get back on track. Two years ago he was the most valuable player on the IL Champion Mud Hens. Yeah, a minor league championship doesn’t mean much, but there’s a reason we’ve got this guy. Once he gets back on form, he’ll be fine. But I’m with you 100% on Mesa … I don’t even understand why we got him in the first place.


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