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Experts examine Tigers pitching
June 16, 2013 - Burt Angeli
A couple of baseball experts — Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe and my East Lansing source “Reggie” — have weighed in on the Detroit Tigers.
Reggie took note of the Rick Porcello doubters. Remember when the Tigers starting pitcher was prime trade bait for a closer?
“Still just 25 years old and a mountain of big league experience,” said Reggie, citing 52 wins and a “wicked” curve. “No one seems to remember the Tigers starting him as a raw 19-20 year old.
“The best is yet to come. So glad they kept him as a starter. Now if they could only fix that bullpen.”
Cafardo insists the Tigers “need to enhance their bullpen.”
“Heading into the weekend they had gotten quality starts in 18 of their last 19 games, but only had a 10-8 record in those quality starts to show for it,” Cafardo wrote. “What gives? In six of those eight losses, the Tigers were ahead or tied in the seventh or later.”
Cafardo suggests Phillies closer Jonathan Papelbon, formerly of the Red Sox, may be an option via trade.
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