moochman wrote:Because I cannot quite wash the taste of '03 out of my mouth I don't have the faith I should have given how well they've played.
Here's what needs to happen:
The pitching staff needs to pitch well the second half of the season, something that they have never done.
They have to find a bat who has good plate discipline-take a walk, get on base, put the ball in play, move runners over. They have too many, no make that almost thier whole roster, of hitters with terrible plate etiquite.
They need Dmitri Young to contribute without being a cancer in the clubhouse.
On the bright side for the Tigers, can the White Sux keep up the pace? Look at thier hitters: Thome, Konerko, Dye, AJ Peirpusski all having career years? They could cool down the second half and the pitchers shakeyness would be exposed. Add to that thier manager is a wack-job and this team could implode.
So I guess we cannot rule out a three team dogfight between Twinkie, Sux and the Tigers.
How are Thome and Konerko having career years? I'll grant you Dye is performing above average, but these 2 have done it before.
I love the Tigers pitching right now, but I'm not sure that these guys can keep it up for another half season. I think the White Sox make it in, and the Wild Card comes from the AL East.