Thursday, July 15, 2010

Wild Card Spot Remains Unlikely For The Tigers

There was a point when I thought there might be more balance in the American League, and a team from the A.L. Central might have a legitimate shot at the wild card slot.
Not so much upon a closer look. The Tigers are five games behind Tampa Bay, and three games behind Boston, for the wild card spot. I just don’t see any club other than one from the A.L. East coming away with it.

Random Thoughts

- Typical John Daly. He comes out of the blue to shoot a 66 in the opening round of the British Open. I’d discount it as just one good round, but Daly’s won two majors in his career, both when he wasn’t even on the radar screen entering those tournaments. Such unpredictably on the brilliant side is part of his legend.

- Yes. My most recent column in The Oakland Press is about how the White Sox, after winning 25 of their last 30 games, are the real threat to the Tigers in the A.L, Central. But I also realize the Twins do their best work when playing from behind, not out in front. It’s understood: The Twins relish the underdog role.



Blogger Fred Brill said...

No doubt Book that there is only one post season spot coming out of the AL Central. And I think it's going to be a wild horse race to the end.

But if This team goes lethargic down the home stretch again I will have start shouting form Leyland's head. And I don't want that.

Ps - if you don't already - @PGAJohnDaly is a fun tweeter to follow!

12:35 PM 
Blogger Barry said...

Pat, I think the Tigers need to do something. The rumors of Haren to the Tigers will not go away. I do believe he is an upgrade over Galarraga or Oliver. Tigers do not need Drew at SS. I think JL right about going after a reliever or maybe two.

1:35 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yeah, other than possibly the White Sox (this winning streak is far ahead of a one-time season streak), no team including Tigers is going to win 91 games.

I get a kick out of Kaline and others saying that the Tigers are playing great ball, good but not great.

We're going to hit the wall during this schedule stretch starting with July 19th thru the next month.

Agree with Barry, something is going to have to change in order for the Tigers to contend, pitching has been above average but not spectacular. Oliver is not a contending team's starter.

11:25 AM 
Blogger Pat Caputo said...

Fred Brill,
It will be interesting to observe Jim Leyland the second half this season. He come a little unglued late last season.

11:53 AM 
Blogger Pat Caputo said...

It wouldn't make sense from the D-backs stand point because they made an effort to trade for veteran pitching before the season.

11:54 AM 
Blogger Pat Caputo said...

I'm sure about Oliver. He might surprise you. We'll see what he does with his start this weekend.

11:55 AM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...


I'm going to be jumping on the Leyland bashing train, if he doesn't tighten up.

I didn't like that he had the players report back from All Star break on Friday, then play the first game back that same night. They were sluggish, lethargic, and every other adjective you could use.

They should have come back Thursday, practiced Thursday, then again Friday, then play the game.

These guys make millions, and are pampered beyond belief, and we're worried they might be tired? Huh?

Enough of this foolishness, Leyland. You better not fold this year, because moves like this will be brought up.

7:48 AM 

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