Monday, September 07, 2009

Tigers Prove They Are Legit

The Tigers should have erased all doubts this weekend about their legitimacy. If anything, they are peaking at the right time.
Tampa Bay was 100-47 at home the last two seasons before the Tigers went in there and swept the Rays. Playoff-caliber teams rally. The Tigers have done so over and over this season. Brandon Inge's homer Sunday was just the latest example. If the Tigers win 15 of their final 26 games, they will reach 90 wins. That's not a fraud.
Pitching and defense are the keys. The Tigers have both. Their bullpen has been remarkable.
There are other things to consider about the Tigers. This is a very emotional year for baseball fans in this area for a number of reasons. This could be a special run for the Tigers for those factors. I wrote about those in my column in today's Oakland Press. It's linked below.
My column in Monday's Oakland Press about the Tigers:

Also, my column on the Michigan-Western Michigan game in Sunday's Oakland Press:

Have a great Labor Day - and thanks for reading this blog. It is greatly appreciated.




Blogger Fred Brill said...

It's funny - this year - like no other - when the bases loaded and Inge came to the plate (could have been anyone in the line up - this time it was Inge) - you knew they were going to get two runs in.

But the grand slam sent shivers through me.

I had been watching on TV - but came out to the patio to hear the radio call by Dan Dickerson - and that call will go down with the all time great Tiger calls - starting off like it's a mere popup - but it's deep - then the roar of it's gone! Great call.

I had just finished writing my little bit as the game was starting - about how finally I am convinced the Tigers are indeed for real! After the game - I realized my great little post was already obsolete - nobody needs convincing now.

But I am still superstitious - so lets not do anything to jinx this season - it's been too great for a jinx to muck it all up!

Great column in the OP Pat! I too hope Mr. Harwell can call an inning in the post season - but how do you pick which one?

12:07 PM 
Blogger Larry Baker said...

Right on, Book. It was a terrific series at Tampa Bay. I am amazed at how the bull pen has become such a strength to this team. Going into the season, it seemed like a disaster waiting to happen. Leyland deserves credit here and I have enjoyed watching him pull all the strings since roster expansion. Some will compare this team to '06 but the dynamic is quite different with the team coming on so strong in September.

12:59 PM 
Blogger Pat Caputo said...

Fred Brill,
It doesn't matter what inning he calls. Would just love to hear Ernie do one more inning. Could even be a regular season inning. Thing is, postseason games on national TV. One of those games.

1:36 PM 
Blogger Pat Caputo said...

Larry Baker,
Great point about Leyland. Has done a great job with expanded roster. He has a great feel for his team right now, which is so different from last season when he had little feel for it.

1:38 PM 

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