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Detroit Tigers: Jeremy Bonderman’s Return Improbable but Triumphant

He wasn’t the top gunslinger on his team anymore, but Jeremy Bonderman still commanded attention. The role of ace was now being played by this 24-year-old kid named Justin Verlander, who after one year and some change was making the town go daft with his howitzer of an arm. In less than two months, Verlander would throw a no-hitter.

But on this afternoon, in the clubhouse after his latest start, Bonderman was holding court. He sat, shirtless, in front of his locker, nursing a beer, while we in the press asked the usual questions—all variations of “So what happened out there?” as if we hadn’t just witnessed the game ourselves. It was April 18, 2007.

The Tigers had just lost a 10-inning bummer against the Kansas City Royals. But Bonderman had pitched well. He threw seven innings of three-hit ball. He gave up just one run. His right shoulder was wrapped in the typical turban of ice—the symbol of battle of the starting pitcher—as he drank beer and talked about the game just finished.

It was noted by this bottom-feeding blogger that just five days prior, Bonderman had gone up against Roy Halladay, who at the time was a Cy Young-worthy righty pitching in Toronto. That game had been an early-season match of interest, as it pitted Bonderman, also just 24 years old, against the almost-30 Halladay—two power arms.

Halladay had a gunslinger name himself. It even sounded like a character out of a Hollywood Western. Sheriff Halladay, or some such thing.

Bonderman went head on against Halladay and matched him, pitch for pitch. After nine innings, both right-handers were still the pitchers of record. Each had given up just one run on six measly hits.

Halladay, in typical ace fashion, came out and pitched the 10th inning. It was a clean frame.

Bonderman was lifted for Fernando Rodney, who coughed up the game-winning run in the bottom of the 10th.

Halladay got the win to improve to 2-0. Bonderman got that fickle “no decision,” which can either be terribly unfair or a blessing.

So that was the back story when I interrupted the rehashing of the game just played in April 2007 to ask Bonderman if he relished matchups like the one we saw five days earlier in Toronto.

His eyes lit up—though maybe it was only because he was actually being asked about something different, as opposed to having to explain something that we all had just watched.

“Oh definitely,” Bonderman said, sipping his beer. “Those are the games you get up for as a pitcher. He’s one of the best. So yeah, it was fun. But we lost.”

The “we” was a misnomer. Bonderman didn’t get tagged with the L, which would have been one of those in the “terribly unfair” category. He pitched his rear end off against Halladay, but Bonderman can’t swing the bats, so there you go.

The slight smirk on Bonderman’s face as he spoke about the pitching duel he engaged in against Halladay was telling. It was an answer that the 30-year-old Verlander would give today, complete with the smirk. Aces like to go up against other aces. It’s a pride thing.

Bonderman may not have technically been the Tigers’ ace in 2007, but he was still an upper-echelon pitcher in those days, possessing a nasty slider. Tigers’ announcer Rod Allen took to calling Bonderman “Mr. Snappy,” for how the slider snapped from his hand and bedeviled hitters.

Sadly, “those days” wouldn’t last too much longer.

Just three years later, Bonderman was a struggling black sheep in the rotation, spinning the ball up to the plate to the tune of a 5.53 ERA in 29 starts for a 2010 Tigers team that disappointed in the second half, fading from the playoff race slowly but surely.

He was 27 years old and washed up—or so it seemed.

In 2008, Bonderman suffered a blood clot in his pitching shoulder. In the list of all the things that can go wrong with a pitcher’s delicate throwing mechanism, a blood clot isn’t among the most prevalent. But it was there, shelving him after 12 starts.

Bonderman had been out of commission about one full year—June 1, 2008 to June 8, 2009 between starts—when he took the mound in Chicago. The start didn’t go well. He lasted just four innings, giving up six runs and being smacked around like Rocky Balboa’s fists abusing a side of beef.

The Tigers shut Bonderman down after seven more appearances in 2009. His total innings pitched was 10.1—and in those 10.1 innings he gave up 10 runs for a nasty ERA of 8.71.

Bonderman gave it another try in 2010 and, though there were some flashes of the Bonderman from 2003-07, it was painfully obvious that his days as a regular starter were likely over—emphasis on painfully.

Bonderman, frustrated beyond belief, spoke of retirement during that 2010-11 season. His contract was expiring, and it didn’t take a clairvoyant to see that the Tigers weren’t going to offer him another.

Bonderman didn’t officially retire, but he dropped off the map. Quietly, as expected, the Tigers let his contract run out and moved on in an effort to retool their starting rotation. They signed veteran right-hander Brad Penny to take Bonderman’s place.

After the 2011-12 season, Bonderman made a blip on the radar. Word got out that he was thinking about giving the pitching another try. The Tigers were a playoff team, so they were excluded from the list of those clubs who might be interested.

Bonderman spent 2012 trying to get himself into shape for another run at the big leagues. The pain was gone, so it was a matter of stamina and whether he could still command his pitches.

He called the Tigers last winter to gauge interest. He was politely put on hold, so to speak. The Seattle Mariners, sort of Bonderman’s hometown team (he’s a Washington native), acquiesced to a minor league contract. They called him up to the big leagues in May of this year.

The first few starts were OK—an ERA around 4.00—but then the wheels fell off in the next two starts, and the Mariners released Bonderman in July. This time, the Tigers took a flyer on him. They signed Bonderman in mid-July and sent him to Toledo. Maybe he could provide some bullpen depth, the team reasoned.

Last Sunday, following the Tigers’ win over Chicago—the team’s eighth straight victory—they announced they were bringing Bonderman back to the majors. A hard-luck rookie named Evan Reed would be trading places with Bonderman at Toledo.

Bonderman was back where it all started when he became a Tiger as a throw-in in 2002, in a three-way trade that brought Carlos Pena to Detroit. Bonderman was 19 years old and property of the Oakland A’s (a first-round pick in 2001) before the trade.

Wednesday night, Bonderman was officially back, as he took the mound in a Tigers uniform for the first time in nearly three years. He was merely the best relief pitcher that night, tossing three shutout innings (11th thru 13th) at the Cleveland Indians and needing just 27 pitches to do so.

The Tigers won in 14 innings. Bonderman was rewarded for his efforts—his slider was snapping again—by getting the win in relief.

After the game, the cameras rolled as a reporter asked Bonderman if it had felt like three years had passed since his last game as a Tiger.

The smirk was back.

“For sure,” he said, then chuckled. No doubt that the rehabilitation alone felt like an eternity.

Welcome back, Mr. Snappy.

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Seattle Mariners: Projecting the Starting Rotation for 2013

The starting rotation for the Seattle Mariners is far from set as the team gets ready to start spring training for the 2013 season.

Would it be a stretch to suggest that only two spots are assured at this point?

Felix Hernandez. Ace. Top of the rotation. In process of signing huge long-term deal. Check.

Hisashi Iwakuma. Signed two-year deal. Probable second or third, depending on other performances. Check.

Joe Saunders. One year-deal. Represents veteran experience, though there are no guarantees. Check?

Beyond that? Take your pick. Blake Beavan. Erasmo Ramirez. Hector Noesi. Jeremy Bonderman. Taijuan Walker. James Paxton. Danny Hultzen. Brandon Maurer.

Now you can add Jon Garland to the mix, as tweeted by Geoff Baker.

For those of you scoring at home, that is nine pitchers for two spots, and there could theoretically be more. Who will be the odd men out?

This really could be a sort of open tryout for those spots. Seattle currently has a penciled-in depth chart, but that could be completely negotiable.

There are positives and negatives to every one of these pitchers.

Blake Beavan is currently listed in the rotation, but he will arguably need to pitch well in order to keep that spot. His consistently high ERA and his propensity to give up the long ball have some wondering if he has reached his ceiling or if he is poised for a breakout year.

Erasmo Ramirez looked good in September, but he will also be auditioning for his spot in the rotation. Obviously the Mariners like what they see in Ramirez, but the youngster has a very limited body of work. He could theoretically lose his job in Arizona.

Hector Noesi seems destined for the minors unless he puts together an impressive spring. The add-on to the Jesus Montero for Michael Pineda trade was dreadful in 2012, which means that he will need a rebound performance in order to stay on the roster.

Jeremy Bonderman and Jon Garland bring veteran savvy to a staff that could probably use some experience. Unfortunately, Garland has not pitched since 2011 and Bonderman has not thrown since 2010. Therefore, “veteran savvy” might be a nice way of suggesting that both are barely hanging on. Both will either have to pitch very well in Arizona or win jobs by default if no one else steps up.

At the risk of lumping the rest into one group, there is a common theme with the highly-touted youngsters. Now is the time where we see which players are ready, close to ready or need another year or two of seasoning. Will there be a breakout performance? You have to suspect that Seattle would love to see a Taijuan Walker step up, dazzle and win a spot in the rotation.

Still, there will be caution about rushing the young arms. This is why guys like Bonderman and Garland are in camp. The veterans may represent the future for this team, but they might serve as placeholders until the young arms are ready. At the risk of being insensitive, the veterans are a bit more expendable at this point.

A more conservative rotation probably looks like this:

Hernandez, Iwakuma, Saunders, Beavan/Ramirez, Garland

However, what happens if the young pitchers look really good? The rotation might then look like this:

Hernandez, Iwakuma, Saunders, Walker, Hultzen

Is the future upon us? Or will this be a conservative rotation that is filled in with uninspiring but semi-reliable experience?

Let the tryouts begin.

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MLB Spring Training: Will Jeremy Bonderman or Jon Garland Make the Roster?

For a team that was struggling for pitching depth about a week ago, the Seattle Mariners seem to be intent on having as many options as possible heading into the 2013 season.

Geoff Baker has reported that the Mariners have come to a minor league agreement with 33-year old pitcher Jon Garland. This report was broken by Jason A. Churchill of Prospect Insider as well.

Garland has not pitched since 2011, when he was with the Los Angeles Dodgers. In that season, Garland finished 1-5 with a 4.33 ERA in 54.0 IP before being shut down with shoulder surgery. Garland is better known for his eight-year stretch with the Chicago White Sox, with his best season coming in 2005 when he finished 18-10 with a 3.50 ERA and a 1.17 WHIP.

Garland isn’t the only project the Mariners have picked up this offseason, as they signed former Detroit Tiger Jeremy Bonderman to a minor league deal back in December. Much like Garland, Bonderman did not pitch in the majors last season and hasn’t since 2010, when he finished the season 8-10 with a 5.53 ERA.

The question at this point for the Mariners is whether or not either pitcher has enough left in the tank to earn a spot in the rotation in 2013 if the young talent isn’t ready. Many fans will remember that the Mariners made a similar signing last season when they signed Kevin Millwood, who proceeded to throw 161.0 innings for the Mariners with a respectable 4.25 ERA. In fact, Millwood was the starting pitcher when the Mariners used six pitchers to no-hit the Los Angeles Dodgers on June 8 of last season.

When comparing the track records of Jeremy Bonderman and Jon Garland, one has to think that Garland has the upper hand when it comes to potentially earning a spot in the rotation. Over his career, Garland only posted one season with a negative WAR, and that was his rookie season in 2000 when he only started 13 games.

In fact, in 2010 Garland posted a 1.1 WAR and threw 200.0 innings for the San Diego Padres while posting a 3.47 ERA, the third lowest ERA of his career. On the other hand, Bonderman hasn’t posted a positive WAR since 2008 and has never had a season in which his ERA was below 4.00.

At this point, it may not be positive for the Mariners start the 2013 season with either Garland or Bonderman in the rotation. In order for that to happen, either Blake Beavan or Erasmo Ramirez would have to have had an extraordinarily poor spring training AND none of the young talent in the Mariners system would have impressed enough to warrant a spot in the rotation as well. However, nobody expected Kevin Millwood to start the 2012 season in the rotation, either.

When it comes down to it, the signings of Jon Garland and Jeremy Bonderman are truly low risk as both of them are signed to minor league deals, and it is entirely possible that one of them could show enough in spring training to keep on the 25-man roster. But needless to say, there are not many Mariners fans who would be thrilled if they did.

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Cleveland Indians: Tribe On the Verge of Signing a Starting Pitcher?

According to Jordan Bastian of MLB.com, the Indians are close to signing free agent pitcher Jeremy Bonderman. The former first-round pick of the Oakland Athletics, Bonderman is no stranger to the Central Division. The right-hander has pitched for the Detroit Tigers since making his debut in 2003. 

Bonderman was 8-10 with a 5.53 ERA in 2010, his first complete season since 2007. He made just 13 starts in 2008-09 after a blood clot required shoulder surgery. Last season marked the last year of a four-year, $38 million contract he signed after the 2006 season. 

Unfortunately for the Tigers, 2006 was the last productive season of his career, going 14-8 with a 4.08 ERA and also getting a win in the postseason.

Bonderman was said to be interested in returning to Detroit, but the Tigers filled out their rotation by signing veteran Brad Penny for $3 million early last month. 

On the bright side for Tribe fans, the Indians have had great luck in buying low and selling high on veteran pitching. In 2005, the Tribe signed Kevin Millwood to a one-year deal and all he did was go out and post the league’s best ERA.

Also in 2005, Scott Elarton went 11-9 with a 4.61 ERA in the Tribe’s fifth spot in the rotation. Another pitcher familiar with Bonderman’s situation is Carl Pavano who signed with the Indians in 2009 after a miserable run with the Yankees. Pavano would finish the season with the Twins posting a 14-12 record as he contributed to a late-season playoff push for Minnesota. 

Following the Indians 2010-11 offseason has been like watching paint dry. Let’s hope that new GM Chris Antonetti has a few more tricks up his sleeve!

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MLB Hot Stove: Where Will the Top 10 Free Agents Still On the Market Land?

As the last dying embers of the Hot Stove flame begin to blacken and fade, let’s take one more look at who is still out there.

At this time of the year, free agents can often be had at a discount, hungry as players are to find a team and get down to the work of getting ready for the season to come. There are still a few potential impact players floating around, as well as many more who could prove to be valuable additions in the right place.

We’ll wade through the flotsam and jetsam and pick out those ten remaining diamonds in the rough, in this, our late January free agent reset.

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Come Back Kids: MLB Players In Need of a Bounceback Season

No one said it was easy to get into the Major Leagues.  No one said it was any easier to stay in the Major Leagues.

But it is possible and you are about to see some of the once highly-touted prospects who have made it to the show.  The only problem is that their careers have not exactly blossomed in the fashion that was expected of them when they were first signed.

Jose Bautista was one such player before he exploded for 54 home runs a season ago.  So with that in mind, here are some players who are in dire need of a career turnaround soon, as their value continues to drop—perhaps to the point of no return.

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MLB Rumors: New York Yankees Interested in Jeremy Bonderman

The Yankees have been scouring the market for a starting pitcher, but so far that search has turned up a lot of bad pitchers. Apparently they are looking into another—Jeremy Bonderman, according to Jon Paul Morosi of Fox Sports.

Bonderman, 28, has spent his entire career with the Detroit Tigers. His career ERA-plus is just 90. His career strikeout rate of 7.1 isn’t bad, but he hasn’t come close to that number in years, putting up just a 5.9 K/9 in 2010 and a 4.4 K/9 in 2009.

This is a guy the Yankees should avoid like the plague. While he may technically be low risk, there is almost no reward. He’s only had two seasons with an ERA-plus above 100 and out of those two season only 2006 where he had a 112 ERA-plus (14-8, 4.08 ERA) was he even remotely impressive.

Since 2006, he hasn’t been at all impressive. He has dealt with elbow problems and hasn’t thrown 200 innings since putting up a 5.19 ERA since that time.

It’s really hard to imagine that he would be better than any of the minor leaguers that they could call up. If he would consider a minor league deal and would be willing to pitch in Triple-A Scranton to see if his strikeout numbers could come close to his career mark of 7.1 K/9, then maybe the Yankees should give him a shot.

If he could then maybe he could be 2011′s Dustin Moseley. That seems like a best case scenario. Otherwise they should just pass.

What do you think? Should the Yankees bank on Bonderman recapturing his 2006 form? Or would he just be meat for the Red Sox to feast on?


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Detroit Tigers And Jeremy Bonderman Need To Part Ways

Every March since 2004, Detroit Tigers’ pitcher Jeremy Bonderman has been primed for a breakout season. While the Tigers are sharpening their skills in Lakeland, that conversation takes place and you can set your watch by it. However this breakout season has never materialized, and now I believe that it never will.

While Bonderman has never shown much emotion on the field, last night he looked absolutely disinterested. After giving up four earned runs in the first inning, something that has been common throughout his career, Bonderman looked as if he would rather be at the dentist office than on the mound in Kansas City.

In 2002 Bonderman was the player to be named later in a three-player trade between the Tigers, Oakland and the Yankees, the trade that took Jeff Weaver to New York. He debuted for the Tigers at age 20 in 2003 and went 6-19, he sat out the last week of the season to avoid losing twenty games.

While some feel that he was rushed to the majors, Detroit was looking for any answer to salvage a dismal season. In 2004 Bonderman posted an 11-13, at 22 years old and coming off a losing season he was named opening day starter in 2005 going 14-13 for the season.

In 2006 Bonderman went 14-8 but is most remembered for his brilliant performance in game four of the ALDS versus the Yankees, he rode that game into a four-year $38 million contract extension. Since that extension he is 21-23 appearing in only twenty games in the 2008-2009 seasons combined.

A blood clot in 2008 and shoulder trouble in 2009 cut short both seasons. Bonderman has lost about six miles per hour off his fastball and doesn’t seem interested to become a finesse pitcher, as a lot of pitchers in the past have done.

There have even been grumblings of retirement, as it appears that if Bonderman cannot be the power pitcher that he once was he would rather not pitch at all. In reality he has only had over 200 strikeouts once in his career (202 in 2006) his next highest strikeout total is 168 in 2004, not exactly power pitcher numbers.

Bonderman was quoted as saying, “The game has become more like a job, and I would rather spend time with my family in Washington.”

The Tigers need to cut ties with Bonderman as soon as possible; he is not doing anything for the organization especially the young pitchers like Rick Porcello, Ryan Perry and Daniel Schlereth.

This total look of discontent has been around for some time but last night he looked like someone who hated his job. Let’s mark this as a bad investment, Bonderman is 66-76 as a Tiger, and make room for people that want to pitch in the major leagues.

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Who’s Left? Any August Believers Still Out There For The Detroit Tigers?

See that guy in the picture? That’s outfielder Magglio Ordonez. Do you know why he is sticking his tongue out at you? Because he is not on the field driving in runs. Because the Tigers look more deserving of a berth in a trash heap than in a pennant race.

Anyone out there have any faith that the Tigers are still in a pennant race?

I certainly hope not. If so, I’m sorry to burst your soap bubble, but allow me to disillusion you. The pipe dream you were in has expired, welcome back to reality.

The Tigers are in the midst of yet another late season tumble. Need proof? Look at the standings.

52-53, eight games back of the first place Chicago White Sox. 

Perhaps someone noticed that the Tigers totally took one on the chin from the Sox in the first game of today’s double header.

The Tigers had a very slim chance to regain some ground, and credibility, with a strong showing against the White Sox this week.

That particular pipe dream evaporated after a 12-2 beat down in game one. Game two hardly looks any more promising. The Tigers will send Jeremy Bonderman to the hill, he of the 5.05 earned run average. 

You may remember I wrote back on July 28th to say that essentially the Tigers were dead in the water.

They have done little to impress since then.

They lost the final two games to the Rays since then, followed by dropping two of three in Boston to the Red Sox. 

The Tigers have now compiled a record of 4-14 since the All-Star break. That in no way smells of contention for a division crown.

The Tigers are their own worst enemy. Ordonez, Brandon Inge and Carlos Guillen could not have gotten hurt at a worse time. 

Although, Inge has eaten plenty of Tums and is almost back from a broken finger already, it still reeks of too little, too late.

In addition to the injuries, the misdirection of manager Jim Leyland has been a stain on this ballclub, contributing to the two losses in Boston.

It started with the 61-pitch meltdown of closer Jose Valverde in the 6-5 victory on Friday that lead to his unavailability for the remainder of the weekend.

The repercussions from that? Leyland intentionally put the winning run on base in the ninth inning Saturday!

Was anyone surprised when the winning run scored from first on that David Ortiz double?

Finally, Valverde’s burnout meant Robbie Weinhardt was given free reign to literally throw the game away on Sunday.

I’ll slip a footnote in right here. Don Kelly put on a clinic in the outfield on Sunday, gunning down an unsuspecting Adrian Beltre at second, and making a great snow cone catch against the Green Monster late in the game. 

Kelly’s reward for his great play? On the bench for the start of both games of the double header, in favor of Ryan Raburn. 

Please someone step up again and waste your credibility defending Raburn. He still looks like a train wreck in the field, and is only hitting .210 after going hitless in the first game of the double header.

Granted, Kelly is only hitting .197 but his superior defense erases that deficit. 

Raburn’s WAR (win above replacement level player) value is -0.1, where Kelly’s is 0.1. 

So, you might disagree with much of what I say. Oh Dave, this is just the rantings and ravings of an outraged fan. 

You would be right that I am outraged. You should be too. After all, who could be happy with this club right now?

Inge might need the Tums for the calcium to help heal his hand. I need the Tums because watching this team gives me heartburn.

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Jeremy Bonderman Again Settles for Mediocrity, Detroit Tigers Hammered

July 2007 was the pinnacle of Jeremy Bonderman’s career. It’s a tough pill to swallow considering he is only 27 and should be in the prime of his career still. He won’t turn 28 until late in the postseason this year.

July 19, 2007. Bonderman was 10-1 with a 3.53ERA in 18 starts. He had struck out 109 in 119.2 innings of work.

This had come on the heals of his breakout 2006 season. 14-8, 214 innings pitched, 202Ks, 4.08ERA.

Those 202 strikeouts were second in the American League only to the Cy Young award winner, Johan Santana, then with the Twins.

Bonderman had it all going for him; everything was finally coming together. The budding ace the Tigers had seen years earlier was in full bloom.

He had a 95 mph+ fastball and the nastiest of sliders. The slider couldn’t be hit and the fastball would blow you away.

It was right around this time in July of 2007 that his flower began to wilt. Bonderman would go 1-8 the rest of the season, shut down in early September with recurring elbow discomfort that had robbed him of a career season.

His strikeout rate fell, his ERA ballooned to over five.

Both 2008 and 2009 were lost seasons. Surgery and removal of a rib would eventually alleviate his symptoms of thoracic outlet syndrome. 

And Bonderman would never be the same pitcher again.

His velocity is gone. His fastball clocks in at 91-92 mph these days. Extremely hittable. His slider doesn’t have the same bite it once did.

Changeup? Splitter? Oh yeah, about those.

Bondo was always a two-pitch guy when he was a power pitcher. Fastball/slider was all you would ever see from him.

Sure, he knew how to throw a changeup, but had never really gotten comfortable with it.

Hell, Kenny Rogers even tried to teach him how to throw a better changeup. We all know that the 86 mph Rogers knew how to throw a damn good change. How else did he last into his 40s?

Still, the results weren’t there and Bondo plugged along as a fastball/slider pitcher. Pitching coaches and managers had been trying to get him to use the third pitch for years.

In the end, however, they couldn’t argue with results, and the result was that Bonderman was an effective pitcher and could still rack up Ks and Ws.

Until the fire went out.

Bonderman tried to re-invent himself last year during his rehab stint with the Toledo MudHens. He learned how to throw a splitter.

It looked as if Bonderman was maturing and coming to terms with his reduced velocity, and was looking to re-invent himself as a ground ball pitcher.

That didn’t seem to work too well either. I don’t remember seeing many, if any, splitters in the 91.2 innings he has pitched so far this year. 

As per his usual, he flaked out on a third pitch. It was announced recently that he was scrapping the splitter and going back to a changeup.

A changeup which we still have yet to see.

Bonderman is still trying to get by with just the fastball/slider combination. He can continue to do that the rest of the season if he wishes…if he likes being a sub .500 pitcher with an ERA approaching five.

That is what he is right now, and will be the rest of the season if he doesn’t buck up and start throwing a secondary pitch.

Because the stuff he has now doesn’t overpower hitters anymore. The hitters overpower him. 

Sunday was a prime example; nine hits allowed in five innings, two of which were three-run homers.

The bottom line is the Tigers simply cannot continue to settle for mediocre from Bonderman if they want to win this season.

Rick Knapp, the pitching coach, needs to sit on him for a while, force it through his head. 

More changeups. 

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