moochman wrote:I think the Tigers are too easy a target right now. The pitching is getting more stable, though they still have huge issues with their left handers. Willis can't find the plate, Rogers and Robertson can't get past the 5th inning without imploding, and Seay (stay in the pen) is a spot RP who is often asked to pitch to righties. What is most disappointing is the fielding. I can live with Miggies struggles to learn 1B, but Polanco and Rentoria have little range....unless you compare them to suddenly statuesque Carlos Guillen. That guy cannot move well enough to field a position.
I am very disappointed in the Tiges, but I think that we need to wait and see them hit their stride before we bury them.
Agreed... I think the pitching will stabilize. Towards the bottom third of the AL, but stabilize none-the-less. As the starters' ERA comes back down into the sub-five range, and the bullpen roles for the younger guys become more clearly defined, the pitching staff will end up a tad under "average", or about where they need to be for the offense to carry the ship (which it should be doing).
The offense has been streaky and unpredictable. That will change as decisions get made. Sheff will either turn it around or find himself on the extended DL. That will clear up room to cycle Guillen/Thames as the DH and get Inge in as the regular 3B and Joyce as LF, and have just one day per week where Inge is the C and they mix-up the 3B/LF slots. If Sheff does turn it around, I'd expect to continue seeing Leyland trying to get him LF time and get Inge in at 3B (DHing Guillen).
Defense is definitely a weak-point, but I think getting Inge in there is a HUGE upgrade, and MCab will continue to improve at 1B. Other than that, we have what we have... it's not great by any means, but ti's certainly adequate to contend.
Only time (and streaks) will tell whether their slow start has put them in too much of a hole to chase down the rest of the Central.