The lack of Tiger offense has me asking…”where’s the beef?” I was one of those who was excited after the first series at home this season and saw what kind of power and run scoring ability the team had. But that seems to have taken a back seat to an on-again-off-again type of offense for the Bengals. Everyone says once the warm weather is here to stay the bats will likewise warm up. They better be right, or it could be a long, disappointing season.
I’m glad for Brandon Inge, who has caught on with the Oakland A’s. The team has had a plethora of injuries this season, leaving a big hole at third base, a hole that Inge will fit into very nicely. Yes, it was time for him to go…but he was always a class act and deserves to be given a chance elsewhere.
Doug Fister looked impressive in his rehab start this week in Toledo, as he comes back from a strained side muscle. His return to the starting pitching rotation will be a god send for the Tigers and perhaps reduce the strain on the bullpen. What makes him so valuable is that he’s a good follow-up to the hard stuff thrown by Justin Verlander. After seeing the smoke thrown by JV…hitters timing will be off trying to handle the off-speed and breaking pitches offered by Fister. Back in the day they would call a pitcher like Fister a “junk-baller.”