The Tigers Keep Winning, The Deadline Keeps Looming

Okay, Tigers. You have our attention.

7-3 in their last ten games and 20-15 dating back to May 28th. A far cry from May 7th when they were 15 games sub .500.

They have momentum.

Enough so where a decision must be made before the July 31st trade deadline. Albeit an easy one.

Currently, the Tigers boast a record 39-46, putting them 10.5 games out of the lead and 9.5 games out of a Wild Card spot. So yes they have momentum, not enough to turn them into buyers, unfortunately. But they DO have enough to turn current pieces into quality future assets, which they should strongly consider.

Jonathan Schoop

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Schoop has been on a rampant tear, hitting .343 for June with ten big johnsons. At age 29, it’s not likely he will be included in the Tigers five-year plan, and as a free agent after this season, he could draw a handsome return from a contender.

The Brewers could be very interested in reuniting with Schoop, plugging him at first base where they desperately need some production. The Tigers may be overly ambitious in requesting any of the Brewers top hitting prospects such as Garrett Mitchell or Brice Turang, but additional bats are needed.

Specifically, bats that are ready in the next few seasons, if not now.

Boston is also starving for production at first base. And with the best record in the American League, adding even an average bat would greatly bolster their lineup. 22-year-old Jeter Downs would check all the necessary boxes for the Tigers and would be ready to contribute immediately if needed. However, yes, another overly ambitious request.

Maybe.

If Boston gets desperate, we have them throw in Blaze Jordan and the Tigers could rob the Red Sox blind of any incredible future marketing that Manfred would eventually ruin.

Nomar Mazara

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Mazara’s abysmal production and bad defense would be more about opening a spot up in the lineup for somebody that would benefit the Tigers more. However, he is still a lefty bat with incredible power. Any team making a move on him would simply be looking at a pinch-hit role or a platoon spot.

So far it’s worked out for the Dodgers and Pujols. He’s playing like he’s 41 again.

Think Astros or Rays in this scenario.

But If They Were Buyers…

Now just because we can, we are going to say the Tigers erupt in July, The White Sox implode, and Terry Francona has an existential crisis, plugging himself in at shortstop every game.  

Suddenly, the Tigers are only three games back.

It will be tough to make moves while maintaining most of their future pieces, but let’s try it anyway.

Trevor Story is set to be a free agent and would provide a steady upgrade both defensively and offensively. It’s not likely the Rockies will trade him, especially after the Arenado debacle, but they are on the verge of another overhaul.

Joey Gallo would play the role that Nomar Mazara was expected to. If the Tigers wished to go with more seasoned hands in the outfield, Gallo would fill in nicely, and at a much lower cost than the next two.

If for some reason the Cubs find themselves in a selling position, teams will be hounding Jed Hoyer about Kris Bryant and Javier Baez. Detroit would most likely have to part with two of their top prospects for the Cubs to even return their phone calls.

They would have a chance at resigning one of the two for a longer deal, signifying the Tigers will officially be making their push for the next window.

As long as the Tigers keep winning, they will have the leverage.

Astros lead the AL West As July Begins

The Houston Astros enter July leading the American League West with a 48-33 record. That mark is good enough for the third-best record in Major League Baseball and trails only the Boston Red Sox in the AL. The Astros have played well. But have also struggled with certain clubs. They were just swept at home by the Baltimore Orioles and were also swept at home in early April by the Detroit Tigers when former skipper AJ Hinch made his return to Minute Maid Park. The Colorado Rockies also took a two-game series from the Astros in April. The Texas Rangers also swept 3 games from the Astros in late May at Globe Life Field.

Yet despite all this, the Astros have played some good baseball. They recently had an 11 game winning streak which included a 4 game sweep of the AL Central-leading Chicago White Sox. The Astros have also played well against the Red Sox as they are 5-2 against them taking 2 series. They also won a series against the Tampa Bay Rays taking two of three games. In the division, they have taken the first two series against the Oakland Athletics which included a 4 game sweep in Oakland to open the 2021 season. The Astros currently have a 1 ½ game lead over the A’s in the West and it looks like they will be battling for the division the rest of the season.


At the almost halfway point of the season, the Astros look like they are one of the top teams in MLB. They have an offense that can score runs and a pretty good rotation. The bullpen has been shaky and will need to be addressed before the trade deadline. Of course, the Astros could make some other moves as well to improve an already good team. What those possible moves could be is something to keep an eye on. But as of now the Astros lead the AL West and are on track to make another postseason run in October.

What to do with Clint Frazier

The Yankees’ have been struggling this year. There are holes that need to be filled, and Clint Frazier seems to be losing his grip on a starting outfield position, with the resurgence of Andujar and the need for Lefty hitting.

The Yankees’ have been struggling this year. Some holes need to be filled, and Clint Frazier seems to be losing his grip on a starting outfield position, with the resurgence of Andujar and the need for Lefty hitting.

I think it’s time to move Clint. A fresh start would greatly benefit him and if you move him for a guy like Ketel Marte, a lefty who can play anywhere, then you change the identity of this Yankees team. As for Clint, he clearly needs some sort of consistency and the Yankees can’t give him that.

Why the move is good for the Yankees:

Well, first off any move is a good move for this struggling team. Change can revitalize a team and bring new energy to the clubhouse. With all of New York calling for the head of Boone and Cashman, they need to make a move to salvage their jobs. Clint feels like a needed casualty to save the year. With Jasson Dominguez being the OF of the future Clint just doesn’t have a long term spot.

If Ketel Marte is what the Yankees get in return, they will probably have to give up a Pitcher from the farm as well. He is very versatile and gives the Yankees a good left handed bat. It would also give the Yankees the freedom to move DJ to the 2 hole. The offense would look completely different.

Why the move is good for Clint Frazier:

Frazier deserves a starting spot. The need for lefties in the Yankee lineup has stopped Clint from keeping his starting spot and held him back in the batter’s’ box. Clint Frazier needs to move on; the Diamondbacks would be great for him.

If Marte gets traded for Clint, then Clint becomes the starting center fielder in Arizona and would get a huge confidence boost. He would be able to get into a flow and hopefully thrive in the desert. Frazier has shown he can be reliable if he can have consistent at-bats.

I think every Yankee fan would be happy for Clint if he went elsewhere and succeeded. Let Clint shine somewhere else and help the Yankees at the same time. It is best for both parties just to move on.

Miguel Andujar: Here to Stay

After his stock hits an all time low, Miguel Andujar has been on a hot streak while the rest of the Yankees offense was slumping. Now, as the rest of line-up is heating up and Andujar is leading the charge. Andujar has a chance to be the Yankees left fielder of the future and here’s why.

After his stock hits an all time low, Miguel Andujar has been on a hot streak while the rest of the Yankees offense was slumping. Now, as the rest of line-up is heating up and Andujar is leading the charge. Andujar has a chance to be the Yankees left fielder of the future and here’s why.

Manager Aaron Boone said on June 8th Andujar’s hot streak, gives him some leeway in the batter’s box. That night, Andujar hits a 449 foot solo shot. Now that Andujar is not fighting for his job every day, he looks more comfortable on the diamond.

Why Should You get on the Miggy Hype Train?

Simple. We don’t have anyone in Leftfield and he has become a consistent hitter. Andujar has not been in left long and he is improving quickly which is awesome to see. Over the last 7 games Andujar is batting .296 with 5 HRs, 6 RBIs, and 10 hits.

Beyond that, Andujar has made great strides in the field. Boone giving him some leeway let’s Andujar relax about losing his spot. Miggy is now confident that he can stay in the line-up so his fielding has improved. Hopefully, this continues and he becomes a great fielder and a main stay of the Yankees for a long time.

Is This a Fluke?

No, Andujar has always has had this in him. All Miggy needed was confidence and he was ready to go. Will he always be red hot, no that’s not how life works. However, I believe he will continue to steadily move up in the eyes of the organization.

Obviously, Andujar is not a gold glover. Hopefully, the strides he made this year continue and they don’t stop for as long as he’s a Yankee. Less errors and a lot more impressive plays have been great for Andujar’s development. With the Yankees struggling on defense anything helps.

All in all, Miggy is up next. Hopefully, he is the left fielder of the future in New York and they can turn the season around. This Twins series and Andujar’s hot streak can help do that.

State Of The Yankees: June 2021

Let’s be Frank… not great. For the first time in a long time, the Yankees are in the bottom half of the league in total offense. Everyone came into the year worried about pitching, and even without Kluber the rotation has not been bad. Luke Krumich talks about how to fix it.

Let’s be Frank… not great. For the first time in a long time, the Yankees are in the bottom half of the league in total offense. Everyone came into the year worried about pitching, and even without Kluber the rotation has not been bad. Let’s get into what’s wrong and how to fix it.

The Yankees Big Issue:

Yes, hitting is an issue. Yes, we spend a lot of money on hitters. We don’t need new bats, we need good baseball players. The outfield rotation of Miguel Andújar, Clint Frazier, and Brett Gardner just does not work. If you can’t field, you should not be starting for an MLB team. Baserunning outs kill an offense and so do double plays, to things that are all too common for New York this year.

Aaron Boone keeps saying we need to “turn the corner” and then continues to make the same mistakes. Stanton did not play in the finale of the Red Sox series… TWO DAYS after Boone said he would be playing every game this week. Not only did Boone say this and then went back on it, but the Yankees did not play the next day so he got 2 days back to back of rest. Boone is seemingly making lineups out of nowhere however he pleases.

How to fix the Yankees

People will say “Fire Cashman and fire Boone”, It is not going to happen. If the Yankees can make a trade for a guy like Ketel Marte, a utility guy for the DiamondBacks, who is amazing on defense we would be in a much better spot. Andújar, has been improving quickly for a guy who has only been in left for a year and a half so I believe in him. By the end of June the Yankees expect to have Voit, O’Day, Severino and Britton back. Those 4 drastically change this team and if the Yankees can be 5 or less games back of first in the AL East, they might be able to make a run at the title.

Now if this year is a wash, then you have to bring up Jasson Dominguez. He will be 19 in February and is the most hyped prospect in MLB history. The Yankees could blow it up but it feels like the wrong move for New York at this point. I still have hope.

Yankee fans need to see something in order to stay positive. If that doesn’t happen, then Yankee fans will very hard to win over as we come down the stretch, but hey, Go Yanks.