Monday, April 16, 2018
Another Veteran in a Tigers' Uniform Named Francisco
You all could have guessed this, but the Tigers aren't doing especially well right now.
Only four starters have hit home runs. ONLY FOUR. And they've all hit just one single home run. Not among those four? Victor Martinez, the guy whose home-run-hitting ability used to be the big thing in Detroit. Saying that this Tigers' team has completely fallen apart would be the understatement of the century. as even their long-tenured rock Miguel Cabrera isn't off to the best start.
They no longer have Ian Kinsler, Justin Verlander, Justin Upton, Cameron Maybin, Anibal Sanchez, Max Scherzer, or LITERALLY ANY of the people that made the 2012-3 squads truly great. Yes, there are some hangers on like Nicholas Castellanos and Michael Fulmer who are doing pretty well, and Francisco Liriano is giving some surprisingly sweet stuff from out of the rotation. There are a ton of imperfections, and a ton of people on the lineup that haven't been hitting, but the pitching has been a surprisingly bright spot, and Matt Boyd has been showing improvement from his bloated 2017 season.
All isn't COMPLETELY lost...but this doesn't even remotely look like a good team. And this might be the year where the biggest competition of the 2018 season in the AL Central will be the race for last. The Twins and Indians are gonna have the first two spots locked up, so the Royals, Tigers and White Sox will all be fighting over who gets to suck the most. My money is kind-of on Detroit there, but seeing as I *WILL* be watching the Tigers play live this year, I'd like them to keep a smidge of their dignity intact.
Coming Tomorrow- Last year, he had an impressive breakthrough season as a strikeout artist for a team that nearly made the playoffs. Now? He's picking up exactly where he left off.