Tails From the Dugout
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.
Who would you rather have on your team: Curtis Granderson or Austin Jackson? I have always been a huge Granderson fan, and was dumbfounded and outraged when the Tigers traded him to the Yankees for Jackson, as part of a three-team deal. Jackson seemed like a good young player, with a lot of potential. But Granderson was a superstar in making. This season, however, Jackson has moved even or ahead of Granderson in almost every offensive category.
I was listening to Mike Valente on “The Ticket” recently and he said something that seemed to put this year’s Tigers team in persepective. They aren’t bad enough to say this season as been a disaster so far..nor have they been good enough to say they seem to be on their way.
When your power goes out, you probably call DTE Energy or Consumers to get it back on. The Tigers need to report a power outage of their own, but I don’t think the utility company can help. The Tigers are going through another one of those slumps where they just can’t seem to score any runs.
They are called the “Senior Circuit.” The name is derived from the length of time the National League has been in existence. For the Tigers the interleague play has meant the difference from good season to a mediocre one.
I guess it’s human nature. We as humans look for a simple reason or for the blame when something goes wrong. It would be nice if life or baseball could be that easy. But it it isn’t.
I’m no genius..but my calender says we’re heading into June not September. The Boston Red Sox and the St Louis Cardinals proved last season that you can both win or lose a playoff berth in the span of a few weeks. The Tigers offense was supposed to carry them and overcome what most felt was a leaky defense. But I don’t think anyone could have predicted how badly the defense would play.
Are you feeling a little better about your Tigers now that they swept their three game weekend series against the Minnesota Twins? Granted, the Twins are a pretty lousy team this season. But these are the same Twins who beat the Tigers two straight at Comerica Park last week …
It’s like quicksand…when a person falls in ..the harder they try to get out the deeper they go. That seems to be the plight of the Tigers. I know they’re trying but the results have not been there and it doesn’t appear things will get better.
Finally, the Tigers win a series, taking 2 out of 3 from the Pittsburgh Pirates over the week end. Some timely hitting, good starting pitching and some decent bullpen work. That’s the formula that most “experts” were predicting when the season started. But before we start gushing, remember the Tigs have not any any sizable winning streak since early in April, and they are a long way from being the dominate club they are supposed to be.