8/3 in Detroit

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I watch these games and think, "of course, they're just worn out, it's a long season." But then I remember that every other team has played just as many games, give or take, and they don't all look like sleepwalking corpses.
 

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Biggest concern by far is not having enough starting pitcher innings to get to the finish line. Outside of Eovaldi 4 seems about the norm.
The offense has been pretty terrible for a month now, that seems like a bigger concern since they were the ones that were actually expected to be good all year.
 

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There probably is something to be said for the overall good health of our starting players and the injuries and/or abject incompetence of the guys who should have given them more rest (Chavis, Marwin, Santana, etc.). Our starting nine might be more worn down than most other teams' top guys. And I think a lot of them have had injuries just manageable enough to play through them, and it's taking its toll.
 

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It’s hard to blame Cora really. The other side of the coin is the bullpen in tatters in September.
You praise Cora after every win, so he's fair game in the midst of a sleepwalking losing streak. Or at least he is if critical thinking is applied. Win today and worry about September in September. Otherwise you could have a well rested bullpen for a team out of the playoff hunt. That's a stupid strategy
 

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You praise Cora after every win, so he's fair game in the midst of a sleepwalking losing streak. Or at least he is if critical thinking is applied. Win today and worry about September in September. Otherwise you could have a well rested bullpen for a team out of the playoff hunt. That's a stupid strategy
I think trying to steal an out or an inning is excusable, given the state of the rotation and pen. But once Richards showed that he'd lost his (already tenuous) command and walked the leadoff guy, that's the time to cut your losses. One hitter at a time, pull him after the first batter reaches. The subsequent double was too predictable.
 

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I think trying to steal an out or an inning is excusable, given the state of the rotation and pen. But once Richards showed that he'd lost his (already tenuous) command and walked the leadoff guy, that's the time to cut your losses. One hitter at a time, pull him after the first batter reaches. The subsequent double was too predictable.
Pitchers have to be able to go more than 4. And our batters have to be able to score more than 2.

Everyone is failing across the board. We only scored one run that was earned today.
 

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Team needs a shakeup. Why not mix in a bullpen game and a crazy lineup? Give X a day off. Bat Raffi leadoff. Do something to loosen things up.
I appreciate the sentiment but I don’t think batting Devers leadoff necessarily screams “cool and loose and collected,” even if it doesn’t end up hurting you
 

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162 game season is ridiculously long. The upside is that it eventually weeds out the pretenders. Let’s see if they can get their shit together and put this bad streak behind them.
 

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Isn't Houck scheduled to start one of the games in Toronto?
Yes... but in general... if we have 5 starters - say the 5 currently in the rotation- but also Houck, Sale and Whitlock- in "the pen".... shouldn't those 3 be employed to step in at the first sign of trouble of a guy like Perez or Richards? If we can get 4 innings out of those short stint "openers" and theoretically only allow 2 runs (not great but not bad).... the 3 "long guys" in the pen could probably step in for another 3-4 innings and possibly allow only 2 more runs (of course, hopefully none....) and allow the remaining 5 other bullpen arms to close out those last innings.