Wednesday, August 31, 2011

For the Detroit Tigers, so far anyway, this season playing out almost exactly like 2009

Not saying it is going to happen again, but to just let you know.
The Tigers have the exact same record after 136 games they had in 2009 - 75-61. In 2009, they were seven games up with 26 remaining. Right now they are six games up on the White Sox, and either 6 1-2 or six games up on the Indians, depending on the Indians' game Wednesday night against Oakland.
Minnesota caught the Tigers in 2009 by going 18-8 down the stretch compared to Detroit going 11-15.
Do I feel the Tigers are better prepared this year than 2009? For sure. But the series against the White Sox this weekend is going to be interesting, to say the least.



Anonymous Anonymous said...

The difference is in the teams chasing us - neither the 2011 Chicago or Cleveland teams are as good as the 2009 Twins - not even close. I expect the Tigers to gain ground at this point, not lose it.

12:34 PM 
Blogger Fred Brill said...

I like the call ups for the expanded roster : Turner, Dirks and Rhymes - and this double A pitcher might be interesting.

That's not a bad trio to call up from your farm - and Guillen's back.

It appears very positive.

PS - say what you want about Rhymes - but in the right situation - a stolen base or a sac bunt (I know buntings for losers) Rhymes is a guy who'll get it done.

BIG Question --- Can Guillen make it to and thru the post season without getting hurt again? - or do you use him sparingly unless you have to fight for the post season?

If they don't win the AL Central this year ...

12:36 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'll finish your statement Fred ... only if Leyland goes wacko again or the team freezes up.

There is NO REASON this team should not win this thing with playing teams that are WAY BELOW 0.500 .. and I mean way under ...
unless he continues to outhink himself.

This would be a disaster far above 2009 if the Tigers lose this one.

Leyland is a parodox, he is a great manager but seems to lose it in the heat.

6:45 PM 
Blogger Pat Caputo said...

Yeah. The White Sox have rolled over. The Indians just don't have that much talent.

11:44 AM 
Blogger Pat Caputo said...

Fred Brill,
The Tigers do have some tough decisions when it comes to their postseason roster. At this stage, I don't think I'd put Guillen on it. Depends on how many pitchers they feel they need to keep.

11:45 AM 
Blogger Pat Caputo said...

Agree with you about the Leyland paradox. It's amazing. But this is one those seasons where it looks like the Tigers will seal the deal.

11:46 AM 

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