As we noted in the recaps, Neftali Feliz imploded in the eighth inning for the Tigers last night, capped off by a Franklin Gutierrez grand slam. Of course the real problem there as not Feliz — a bad pitcher is gonna bad pitch sometimes and Feliz has been a bad pitcher late and in jams this year — but Brad Ausmus’ bullpen management which put Feliz in a position to fail. And, more to the point, put him in a position to fail with no chance of being bailed out by better pitchers.
Specifically, Ausmus had no one warming up in the pen during Feliz’s meltdown. This despite the fact that both Joakim Soria — who has had multi-inning saves already this year — and Alex Wilson — who has been effective — were both available. Nope, it was Feliz’s inning to sink or swim. Why? Here’s Ausmus:
Brad Ausmus on his decision to keep Feliz in the game in the eighth inning: pic.twitter.com/hgQDhBaThi
— Alejandro Zúñiga (@ByAZuniga) July 22, 2015
That’s the reason Tigers fans are grumpy right now, folks. And it’s just latest reason why, for all of the talent on the Tigers’ roster, their season is skidding off the rails.