Monday, June 19, 2006


Tigers' First 70 Should Be Bottled And Distributed

(my weekly take on the Tigers)

Last Week: 6-1
This Week: (6/19-21: at Mil; 6/23-25: STL)

Late inning comebacks. Banner pitching performances. Power up the wazoo. Scoring early and often. Playing hard all the time.

If the Tigers can somehow take their performance thru their first 70 games this season and bottle it, saving it for distribution when they need it, then we'd have something. But then again, we truly do have something: a first-place team that doesn't appear to be going away anytime soon.

The Tigers, 46-24 and playing as good of baseball as we've seen in nearly 20 years, are cutting a swath thru the big leagues that is now including the National League in its wake.

The Chicago Cubs are not one of the premier teams in the NL. They have been beset by injuries, and they are the lowest-scoring team in the league. They are a popgun team playing in a ballpark that screams for howitzers.

So the Tigers took no prisoners and spanked the Cubbies around Wrigley Field all weekend. Always, the formula was the same: score in the early innings, and have the pitching staff keep the boot pressed against the opponent's throat throughout, applying pressure gradually.

If you think that's about the same way the 1984 World Champion Tigers went about their business, then YOU'RE thinking it, not me. But since you mentioned it, I agree.

More interleague play beckons this week, with three games in Milwaukee -- remember the Brewers? -- and three at home against the Cardinals. Albert Pujols might be activated in time for the Comerica Park denizens. And, unlike past years, the other team will need as much help as it can get.

Bless You, Boys!


Blogger Ozz said...

I was at Wrigley for the Friday and Saturday games. The experience was incredible.

During Saturday's game, there were quite a few LOUD "Let's Go Tigers!" chants. All that the embarassed Wrigley faithful could do was boo. They didn't have it in them to muster up a "Let's Go Cubbies" chant. By the end of that game, it seemed like there were more Tigers fans than Cubs fans.

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