In search of a fifth starter.


illustration by Samara Pearlstein

Who’s it going to be? If the Tigers decide to keep their wandering eyes at home, that coveted final spot in the rotation will have to go to one of the following:

Drew Smyly
Pro: The very thought of him should make everyone happy.
Con: Only one season of minor league service under his belt thus far.

Duane Below
Pro: Most pun-able name, a boon for headline-writers throughout the Tigersphere.
Con: Potential hellish pun onslaught.

Andy Oliver
Pro: Has some big league experience, won’t be freaked out by Comerica or naked postgame hugs from Papa Grande.
Con: Big league experience was not that confidence-inducing.

Paws
Pro: Really tall, great downward motion on the mound.
Con: Lack of flexibility, pretty poor pick-off move.

Don Kelly
Pro: Can catch for his own relievers if necessary.
Con: May not be sufficiently stretched out to start.

Let the final run up to Fifth Starter Decision 2012 commence!

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10 responses to “In search of a fifth starter.

  1. Sam, you forgot to draw the mallet to hit my head as to why Andy is holding an olive….DOH!

  2. The Drew Smyly depiction made my week.

  3. LOL I love this!

  4. Outstanding!

  5. What do you mean about Paws’ poor pick-off move? One bat of a lightning paw and runner is lunch!

  6. Duane Below, most punable name? Maybe, but he seems to be the only one not drawn with a name-pun.

  7. I hear Brandon Inge might be looking for a new position

  8. I’m finding myself kind of mesmerized by Duane’s eyes in that cartoon. Maybe that’s his strategy for winning this thing?

    I was on Team Oliver until last week. Man, did I get that wrong,

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