It seems to happen every year…the Tigers get hot just before the All-Star game. That’s exactly the case this season with a 5 game winning streak and the bats have come alive. The last series before the break…Delmon Young hit 4 home runs on 4 straight days…Prince Fielder’s power has appeared…and Miguel Cabrera hit .334 with 20 doubles, 16 homers and 59 RBI’s dating back to May 13th. This is the team we expected to see this season…but whether it continues after the break is anyone’s guess.
The 2nd half should be a referendum on Jim Leyland as manager. If the team fails to reach it’s potential…he should be fired. I admire his patience and his refusal to panic but sometimes you can be too stubborn for your good (i.e. Ryan Raburn).
This is the time when sports writers like to issue a first half report card, but I’ve really never done that. For the most part…I could care less what’s happened in April in May, there’s nothing you can do about it now except second guess. But overall I have to give the Tigers a “C” for the first half. They weren’t terrible, but then again they didn’t exactly conquer the world.
Mediocre or Below Expectations
Alex Avila (however he was injured for much of the time)