They can’t tolerate the home runs he’s allowed.

They also can’t tolerate the anticipation of those he might allow.

That’s the dilemma of having Jose Valverde as your closer.

In short, that’s the Tigers’ dilemma.

It’s not the sheer number of hits that is the problem. Valverde has allowed 13 in 17 1⁄3 innings. It’s not the walks, either. He’s allowed five.

But he’s also allowed five home runs.

And a manager can’t trust a closer when he doesn’t know if he’ll keep the ball in the park.

Jim Leyland says the same thing about strikes: “If you’re in the dugout wondering if your closer will throw a strike, then he shouldn’t be your closer.”

Shouldn’t the same thought apply to home runs?

The Tigers are in an obvious bind, however. This is not the bullpen they envisioned. Midway through June, they didn’t think Al Alburquerque would be in Toledo.

They were hoping that Brayan Villarreal wouldn’t be, either.

As for Bruce Rondon, the Tigers couched their expectations for him so thoroughly in spring training that it became unclear what their plan was.

Rondon rock-and-rolled from prospective closer to just another strong bullpen arm, back to closer, up to the majors, back to the minors — pretty much all over the map.

But with an 0.77 ERA and 10 saves, he’s doing well at Toledo.

Alburquerque and Villarreal, meanwhile, have had command problems — meaning that along with a bunch of strikeouts, they’ve allowed a bunch of walks at Triple A.