Friday, September 18, 2009

Much Weight On Porcello's Young Shoulders

- Rick Porcello has received tons of praise from Day One for his incredible poise for a 20-year-old kid, but we’ll really see if it holds true tonight against the Twins. This is by far his biggest test yet. A lot of pressure. Not an easy place to pitch. The Tigers desperately need Porcello to stop the bleeding.

- Michigan has been impressive so far, but games at Michigan State and Iowa early next month will determine if the Wolverines are, indeed, that good. Not to get ahead of ourselves, but it is a distinct possibility Michigan could win the conference title. Name another Big Ten team that has looked really good so far this season? I can’t name one, either.

- If the Lions win just a couple games and start showing any level of progress, selling out Ford Field will be the least of their problems - even in these difficult economic times.

- Isn’t it amazing how quickly the Tigers starting pitching went from a huge strength to a concern?

- Monte Clark was a good man and an excellent football coach. People sometimes forget what a good player he was in the 1960s as one of the primary blockers for the great Jim Brown. He will be missed.

- Even after the cleaning up on the Tigers, the Royals still have the fewest wins in the American League.

Caputo and His Boss video on Tigers



Blogger Fred Brill said...

Well, this is the roadtrip I have been talking about since the first week of August. I thought that a six and a half game lead was good to have going into this trip - but flushing two down the AL Central toilet to KC was my worst fear.

The Tigers are supposed to win at home?

But lets not give Porcello any excuses for his outing tonight in the Dome From Hell. At least not before the game.

This road trip is the the pre-post season and the boys damned well better start playing with some urgency - or we could watch first place slide through our fingers like the sands of September '06.

This is it boys - suck it up and get 'er done!

8:02 AM 
Blogger Core Contrarian said...

I see your point but was the Tiger's pitching staff ever a "huge strength"? The #5 position has been in a state of flux all year long. Galarraga has been the #4 guy and that has not worked.

9:24 AM 
Blogger Barry said...

Hey Pat, this will be interesting to watch to see out Porcello develops. If Porcello can add two or three m.p.h to his sinker and four seamer without effecting his movement he would be 1 or 2 guy in the rotation. Being only 20 years old he might be able to do this. His poise is a big plus for him as he gets older he should be able to use it more to his advantage and read the hitters better.

10:10 AM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hee hee, this is going to be fun to watch!

5:59 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Let's see ... ummmmmm ... if Porcello added 4 MPH but used a 3 seemer, would that make him the no. 3 pitcher or the no. 1 pitcher? ... ah, ah, if he added 5 MPH to his 2 seemer, that would make him the -1 pitcher?

6:05 PM 
Blogger Pat Caputo said...

Core Contrarian,
I see your point, but it also must be realized even the best staffs struggle with a fifth starter. Who was the Tigers fifth starter in '84. It was everybody from Glenn Abbott to Randy O' Neal to Carl Willis. Even Doug Bair got a start.

10:22 AM 
Blogger Pat Caputo said...

I'm not sure if you'd want him throwing his two-seamer any harder. It's the sink, not the velocity, that gets the groundballs.

10:40 AM 
Blogger Pat Caputo said...

Barry some good points.

10:41 AM 

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