Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 7/29/13
On days like this when some cruddy NL team is in town putting on a little league clinic it's all fun and blowout games. The Tigers are at their hottest right now with just a hint of the difficult decisions ahead. This was another frolic as the Tigers completed a sweep of the slapstick no-stick Phillies with a 12-4 romp. It was so easy it didn't even matter Miguel Cabrera was bizarrely ejected by grumpy ump Chad Fairchild while batting with the bases loaded. Hey Cabrera needed the rest anyhow. Now it gets serious and the Tigers get nervous and GM Dave Dombrowski gets busy. The non-waiver trade deadline is Wednesday and baseball also might announce another batch of drug suspensions with All-Star shortstop Jhonny Peralta one of about 15 players reportedly in peril. The way I see it you don't build an expensive home and not buy insurance. So Dombrowski needs to make a deal or two despite the recent surge although he's not willing to concede that point (or any point really). Is his bullpen good enough to win as is? "Yes sure" Dombrowski said Sunday. "It's always a focus on what you don't have. We got a lot of good things. There's some inconsistencies with some of the guys but they're very talented. … All I can say is we feel very comfortable in the ninth and eighth innings with (Joaquin) Benoit and (Drew) Smyly. I don't know where you're really going to go out and improve that significantly." With the sudden dominance of Benoit and Smyly could the Tigers stand pat and still win the division? Sure they could. They've won seven of eight and are 59-45 but hold only a three-game lead over the Indians. But I think Dombrowski will make a move because that's what he does with a team desperate to win a World Series. He might not need a closer now or another Final Piece but he could use short-term insurance someone such as San Diego reliever Luke Gregerson Obviously the Peralta situation muddies it with one report saying suspensions are expected this week. Dombrowski said he couldn't comment and wouldn't even say if he'd been in contact with the commissioner's office. Peralta has declined to comment. His name hasn't been mentioned prominently in connection with the Miami Biogenesis clinic certainly not like Ryan Braun's and Alex Rodriguez's but baseball merely needs a link to performance-enhancing drugs not a positive test to levy punishment.
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