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This past week, the Detroit Tigers finished out a tough home stand, losing two of three games to the Milwaukee Brewers, and struggling to a spilt with the Houston Astros after taking the first two games.
Sadly, though, none of the good play or positive moments will stick out given what happened on Thursday and Sunday afternoons. The Tigers, clinging to late leads both days, went through a bizarre strain of bullpen moves which prove manager Brad Ausmus still might not know who he is.
Thursday, Ausmus rotated arms like a carousel, switching from Angel Nesbitt to Blaine Hardy to Joba Chamberlain in rapid succession, desperately in search of a match up. He removed Nesbitt because he wanted Hardy, a left-handed pitcher, to face a left-handed batter.
"Lefty up," Ausmus said in his post-game press conference without thinking. "I feel better with Blaine Hardy against a lefty."
It blew up in his face, as Luis Valbuena singled, helping to kick-start a small rally that helped Houston eventually tie the game in the ninth inning.Read more... Join the Conversation...