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"As I keep saying, this isn’t the season to call the sample-size police. The Tigers are a game out of a playoff berth with 40 games left, and that’s the time to make the team as good as you possibly can and hope to get a little lucky. Maybe Isaac Paredes -- called up with Skubal and Mize -- can provide a desperately needed OBP boost. Maybe the much-improved defense is for real, with Jones in center every day, Jonathan Schoop at second, and Nicholas Castellanos in Cincinnati. There are reasons to believe, and in 2020, isn’t that enough for a fan base?"