Friday, June 13, 2008

About The Tigers, CJ, Roy, Carmelo And Nick...

There is an old saying, regardless the sport, about how winning cures all ills.
That has certainly been the case about the Tigers. They entered a weekend interleague series against the Dodgers having won five of their previous six games. All of a sudden, the season doesn’t seem so hopeless anymore.
It’s good Kenny Rogers has returned to form. It’s been the biggest revelation about the Tigers of late - if overlooked. I thought he might be done about a month ago, a victim of father time. I was wrong.
In a way, I think Justin Verlander ultimately will be better off because of his early season struggles. They are part of his maturation as a pitcher. He was brilliant the other night against the White Sox, looking like a real pitcher instead of thrower. Verlander hit his spots remarkably well.
The schedule is certainly in the Tigers favor. They see a lot of bad baseball teams in the next few weeks. But they must win on the road. They have turned it around at home, but must do the same on the road to take advantage of a weak schedule.

Random Thoughts

- I don’t know, honestly, what to make of the spotty attendance of Roy Williams and Calvin Johnson at the Lions organized team activities. I only know it’s not good because they are the Lions two most talented football players. Ideally, a team’s most talented players should also display leadership qualities. Not showing up for off season workouts doesn’t exactly display good leadership qualities.

- Carmelo Anthony a Piston? You’ve got to be kidding with those reports. Doesn’t anybody remember the "Carmelo Who" comments by Chauncey Billups at the parade? Or the behind-the-scenes Carmelo bashing from the Pistons at the time? He is an incredible talent, sure, but is he really of championship caliber character? Doesn’t seem like it.

- A sixth Norris Trophy for Nicklas Lidstrom says it all. What a great player. In my opinion, he remains the best player in the world. I know he didn’t win the Hart Trophy, but there is no more valuable player to his team.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Honestly I just don't think that the Lions are a very fun place to work at. Did you ever work for a company that you just hated? You just dread going into work, you can't wait to get away, you make sure to take every minute of time off that you can get away with. Even if you are well paid.

I think it may be like that with the Lions.


3:47 PM 
Blogger Fred Brill said...


I think the oddest dimension of this years version of this core group of Tigers (Pudge, Mags, Guillen, Polanco et al...) is that I have never seen these guys start slow and build up momentum. In 2006 and 2007 they started on fire and wore down as the season went on.

Yes - I am hoping this is the rekindling of their fire.

I know your position on the pitching, but the starters have been holding the opposition to 4 or less runs (save Willis) consistently lately. The bats meanwhile have been working.

These guys were supposed to score ten runs a night back in January. Right now five would probably suffice.

And it would surely be huge to have the "good" Rodney back and a strong Zumaya too.

But I think Toledo deserves a lot of credit for the support they have sent up here. Maybe Kwami can buy them a beer to.

Very glad your doing better Pat. And thanks for the note - that was nice of you and appreciated.


5:21 PM 
Blogger Barry said...

Hey Pat one thing you like about Kenny is his location. He really makes some good pitches unlike Nate. Justin has that nice delivery going the other night. Tigers will not miss Bondo or DW if they can continue to play good baseball.

10:53 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thank you Book. I am so sick and tired of the Caremlo to the Pistons talk, I want to scream. He is the antithesis of what Joe DUmars and the Pistons stand for and there is NO chance he will end up here.

10:32 AM 
Blogger Pat Caputo said...

I'm not sure how people feel about working for the Lions. I'm sure there are people there who love their jobs. I think everybody there, though, would benefit if they started to win more.

5:07 PM 
Blogger Pat Caputo said...

Fred Brill,
Good point about the Tigers farm system. I has been way more helpful than had been expected after the trades.

5:07 PM 
Blogger Pat Caputo said...

Agreed. If the Tigers just play more solid, fundamental baseball, things will continue to go their way.

5:08 PM 
Blogger Pat Caputo said...

Based on what I've heard in the past, I just don't see Joe Dumars dealing for Carmelo now or in the future.

5:09 PM 

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