Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Granderson? Robertson? Polanco? Hindsight is 20/20, but it's still fun to look

I don't know about you, but one of the first things I do almost every day is check the box scores of other big league teams, looking at certain players, in particular. Did Curtis Granderson get another hit last night? How is Nate Robertson doing? What's Placido Polanco hitting now?

I can't help myself.

It's not because I'm hoping the Tigers' offseason deals come back to haunt them.

But I can't help wondering how the Tigers would be faring these days if they had made some different decisions over the winter and spring.

Austin Jackson (.333 average, 0 home runs, five RBI) continues to do a good job of keeping the heat off the front office for trading Granderson.

Nevertheless, wouldn't Granderson's power numbers (two HR, seven RBI, .311 average, .578 slugging percentage through Monday) look good in the Tigers' lineup right now?

Based, I presume, on what they saw in spring training, the Tigers opted to get rid of Nate Robertson and keep Jeremy Bonderman and Dontrelle Willis. The jury is still out on that decision, which caught a lot of people by surprise. Meanwhile, the numbers don't lie: Robertson is 2-0 with a 2.20 ERA after three starts for the Florida Marlins, while Bonderman and Willis are a combined 1-2 with a 5.88 ERA after five starts for the Tigers.

If that trend continues, you can bet those numbersĀ  will be brought up again and again.

Nobody expected Scott Sizemore to step right in and replace Polanco. And the Tigers' rookie second baseman has certainly been holding his own (.278 average, 0 HR, 4 RBI).

But Polanco's performance in Philadelphia so far (two home runs, 12 RBI, .396 average, .585 slugging) has not gone unnoticed in Detroit.

Hindsight is always 20/20. But, for better or for worse, that is a game Tigers fans are going to be playing all year.


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