To calm the nerves a little bit, I could tell you there’s almost 70-percent of the season left and that the Tigers were only a half game better off this time a year ago before turning it on; that’d be the truth. But for the first time this season, I’m a teensy-weensy bit concerned.
The Tigers’ offense is showing signs of busting out. They had another 12 hits on Wednesday. The runs obviously need to start following, but the hitting is improving.
I guess my little bit of concern doesn’t really have to do with another loss in May. It has more to do with Fister heading back to the DL with a lingering injury (Mitch Williams actually brought up Jamie Moyer!). A-Jax is still out with an unrelenting ‘mild’ abdomen strain. Andy Dirks has already experienced a couple of injuries that will continue to nag without rest. We just called up OMIR SANTOS because he was supposedly the best bat available in the system. The defense (Brennan Boesch!) isn’t going to get any better. These are real problems that can’t be shrugged away with, “it’s early.” These are things that, more times than not, get worse as a grueling, 162-game season wears on.
And I think the things that are starting to grind fans’ gears is beginning to get to the Tigers, too. Hell, a week ago, Verlander said “it’s not early anymore.” Except it is still early. It really is. 112 games, over 2/3 of the season, remains. But when you’re losing in the most frustrating ways possible and then players start to drop to the DL, that sense of “early” can disappear pretty fast. Last year, the Tigers were healthy and just had to flip the switch, so to speak, to catch the Indians. This year, it seems they’re laboring to find that switch, and when they do, they’ll have to do it without some very key pieces, at least to start. Plus, they’re not just chasing the Indians this time; the White Sox appear to be legit.
But yeah, it’s still early. It’s fine, I swear. [applies deodorant]
- Okay, I’ll talk a little about the actual game. An umpire screwed the Tigers out of runs again. Like last time, the ump admitted his mistake. Cool, is there a three-strikes system for umpires? SOMEONE NEEDS TO HOLD THESE GUYS ACCOUNTABLE.
- Drew Smyly insists he’s making good pitches, but that can’t always be true. Frowny, as they so cleverly called him on Quick Pitch, gave up another pair of 2-run homers. He has now allowed 15 runs in his last four starts, including six home runs.
- Miguel Cabrera was 4-for-5 with three doubles. #NoFunFenway
- A lot of complaints with Worth in the 2-hole and Laird DH’ing before the game. Worth was 1-for-2 with a run scored and an RBI. Laird was 1-for-4 with a run scored. Jhonny Peralta, who someone suggested should’ve been in the 2-hole, was 0-for-4 with three strikeouts.
- Delmon Young’s recent string of success came to an end with an 0-for-4 game. He left five men on base.
- Hopefully Scherzer reboot is on the hill tomorrow. He’ll oppose Josh Beckett. The game will be on MLB Network.