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Give me those 4, Al, Villarreal, and Marte.
Although Downs adds another LHP since including the rotation there would only be 1 (Smyly) on the whole staff. That changed my mind right there. Give me Downs over Marte.
Is their closer worth drafting in Fantasy at all? What rd?
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In the pen, I'd go with: Benoit, Coke, Dotel, Smyly, Downs, Albuquerque, Villarreal
I'd take Worth over Santiago
i guess i really don't understand Kelly making the team over Berry and I am no Berry lover
i don't know, i feel like this is going to be an issue all season long, right now I am guessing they give the job to Coke and send Rondon down.
Yea, This team would seemingly have less need for utility players than almost anyone. They have 7 position players that are going play almost every game. Avila will get spelled by a backup but that's not where Kelly plays. Seems they could afford the luxury of having a guy whose only role was to steal late inning bases.
Where would Berry get any playing time? As a late inning pinch runner?
Honest question, When is Kelly going to play ?
Boesch isn't around to pull out of right field in late innings.
he could provide some speed in the late innings something this team is still going to lack. Where is Kelly going to play? Berry would contribute a hell of a lot more than Kelly
Kelly is the utility man who can play 2B/LF/CF/RF and emergency catcher. He can give Austin Jackson a day off, PH late in the game, and can be useful when the Tigers play in an NL park.
When you are talking about the last guy in the bench, sometimes versatility outweighs all.
Also, Berry isn't very good.
He's like an insurance policy, you are paying for it, but hope you never have to use it.
Yep. You can pretty much say that about every team's "last guy on the bench". The difference in impact between Kelly and Berry is so small that it probably isn't worth arguing about. Berry will be called up at some time this season. There is no guarantee that Kelly won't be released by the All Star Break.
Right now, Kelly makes a little more sense for the club to take to Minnesota. I doubt it is going to hurt their chances in the AL Central.
if Kelly pinch hits late in a game I will curse Leyland
He provided the team with a spark when they badly needed it last year
That has to count for something
Rogue Leader= Obese coward who didn't attend MSU and has no college degree
I think Dirks' injury issues are a factor. if he isn't around Kelly is a better option to platoon along side Tui than Berry, at least at this point with the way Kelly hit and Berry having his own injury issues.
If Kelly doesn't hit, which is very possible, I could see them carrying Berry later instead, even if only as a pinch runner for NL parks.
I think he burned that gold star when he posted a 2nd half line of .218/.270/.293 last year.
Tuiasosopo makes it to June 1st, I will be shocked.
I agree, and if Dirks has injury issues, they could be struggling big time with LF production. Still could be searching for that RH bat there, and really, a LH bat for LF could be an issue.
I am not worried about our outfield depth. Avisail Garcia will get time with Detroit this season. Nick Castellanos will as well. Of course you still have Quintin Berry.
Leyland has mentioned that he needs to monitor Dirks this year. Large part of the reason why they were hell bent on finding a platoon mate for him.
Right, but if Tui doesn't hit right away how soon are they going to want to pull up one of the young guys to platoon? I could see either coming up if Dirks misses a big chunk, but if it's just Dirks producing they are either going to be forced to burn him out, using a young earlier then they want, or giving Berry some starts along with Dirks. Don't know, it still seems shaky.
Not a big concern, but I could see some issues in LF, at least in the first 3red of the season.
I don't think they pull Garcia or Castellanos to platoon. I believe they will only be called up if injury/performance forces them to a full time job.
That is part of the reason I am a big fan of bringing back Casper Wells. He is a perfect compliment to Dirks and could be adequate when paired with Berry/Kelly if Dirks is injured
Dirks gets in base more, and is better defensively. Kelly had a better spring and is more versatile, and Tui is right handed and a Spring that earned him a look in the regular season.
I don't think they trust Berry in the field honestly.
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