Thursday, June 24, 2010

On Tigers Place In Standings, World Cup And Johnny Damon

It does seem like the Tigers' homestand, during which they won eight of nine games against bad teams from the National League, was an oasis in what has otherwise been a rough period.
They didn't play well before that homestand. They sure didn't play well the first games in New York against the Mets. In the meantime, while all the focus is on the Twins, who have also lost the last two nights, the White Sox have won eight straight and are only two games behind the Tigers.
Hmmm. The American League Central is getting rather interesting, isn't it?

Random Thoughts

- It could get rough for the Tigers in Atlanta this weekend. The Braves are 24-7 at home.

- Italy and France both being eliminated already does tend to make the World Cup less interesting overall. But it does put more focus on the advancement by United States. That's the good part.

- A key player for the Tigers is Johnny Damon. He is on pace to hit .273 with seven home runs and 43 RBI and 12 steals. That isn't the type of production - or lack of it - the Tigers signed up for.



Blogger Fred Brill said...

Intersting? yeah. Appreciated? No.

These "dead-ball" streaks they go on - where they can't get going - where pitching suffers and bats are stagnant - are deflating.

This is a real "jekyll and Hyde" team - Jekyll comes out at home - and he hydes on the road.

As for Damon - I was hoping for a Rogers / Sheffield affect on his team mates - which I thought was happening early on - but now Damon is just amother Jekyll hyding on the raad.

I certainly don't see any urgency - which is all I asked for.

6:42 PM 
Blogger Barry said...

Pat, the Damon’s signing was mixed. It provides depth but it block young players needed to play in the big leagues. The Tigers were not expected to win the World Series anyway. If Guillen didn’t get hurt where would Boesch be there today?

11:18 PM 
Blogger Pat Caputo said...

Fred Brill,
It does seem like the Tigers track record with older players in recent years isn't good, that they've gotten some guys after their prime - and it hasn't helped. Sheffield, Renteria, etc. Maybe Damon will fall into the same category.

8:43 PM 
Blogger Pat Caputo said...

In retrospect, I supposed you're right. But at the time he was signed, whose path was he blocking? Nobody knew Boesch would do this. Nobody. Certainly not the Tigers.

8:44 PM 

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