Rant Is Fine, But Leyland Should Look In Mirror
His team has been awful. Leyland’s patience has been tested to the breaking point, but I honestly don’t think it is going to provide an impetus to the Tigers improving their play.
And it doesn’t - in any way, shape or form - mask the fact the Tigers simply weren’t prepared for the start of the season. For that, Leyland is culpable.
This is a team that looks like it expected to just show up and win games. Fundamentally, they have been awful. How can so many veteran players make so many mistakes? Perhaps they should have been reminded of a few things the last weeks of spring training.
Injuries haven’t helped, but in truth, Brandon Inge has done well in place of Curtis Granderson. Anybody they put in there isn’t going to be worse than Dontrelle Willis. He was pitching awful when he got hurt.
It’s the stars - from Miguel Cabrera to Magglio Ordonez to Gary Sheffield to Carlos Guillen to Justin Verlander - who haven’t been performing.
Tiger hitters give away too many at-bats by swinging at bad pitches and not working the count. They try to pull too many outside pitches, instead of going the other way, which has resulted in a rash of double play balls.
The pitchers haven’t help the situation. With the exception of Jeremy Bonderman in Boston and the bullpen Friday night in Chicago, when the going has gotten tough, Tiger pitchers have competed poorly.
Intellectually, you can slough this off as "being early." There is little doubt the season is not over by any stretch. But the Tigers start has been alarming nonetheless, and it will take more than the manager yelling at his players to turn it around.
It will take urgency on the field by his ballplayers. Based on what we’ve seen so far from this high-priced, evidently too comfortable team, I am not holding my breath for that to happen any time soon.
- Considering all the anticipation regarding Francisco Cruceta’s arrival, does anybody realize his career ERA is above 10? You’d think the Tigers were waiting for Mariano Rivera or something.
- The more I see of Rodney Stuckey, the more I like. Seems like a great draft pick by Joe Dumars. I wouldn’t be surprised if Stuckey is a major factor during the playoffs.
- Just a gut feeling, but closer it gets to the NFL Draft, the more I get the feeling the Lions will take a linebacker in the opening round.