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"Lou is not talking about mechanics when he goes out to the mound,"
~Chicago Cubs pitching coach Larry Rothschild

Sunday, May 28, 2006

Tigers Win Eight Straight

The Detroit Tigers are on a roll. I'm sure all of you are aware of them by now. Just how is Jimmy Leyland getting it done? How did he take a 71-91 '05 team and turn them into the best team in the Major Leagues? I mean, the Tigers haven't had a winning record since 1993. Think the fans in D-town are diggin' it? Hell yeah they are. Not that Jim hasn't done this before. He's also the last guy to put a winner together in Pittsburgh, with three straight Division Championships from 1990-92. Yeah, Pittsburgh actually used to win games. Hard to remember, isn't it?

Now, Leyland has these guys in Detroit believing in themselves. It's not just the tirade he gave a few weeks ago (that Ozzie Guillen tried to do last night, without the class or effectiveness). The Tigers are #4 in MLB in BA, #2 in SLG, #1 in HR, #1 in ERA, #4 in Walks Allowed, #1 in Saves, and #1 in SHO. They're even #10 in FPCT and #2 in DER. These guys aren't faking it, ladies and gentlemen, they're for real. Ozzie has a reason to be worried. I mean, who thought Rogers, Bonderman, Robertson and Verlander were going to be better than the five horses they have at The Cell (at least for now)?

I, being a Cub fan, love to see the underdog get it done. Also, I understand the importance of a manager, since the Cubbies have about the worst one in all of baseball. And I'm not a ChiSox hater, so that's not my motivation. My Bro is a big White Sox fan, and I respect that and the Southsiders in general. They have the same opportunity to build a team as they do on the Northside, but just do it better than the fools in the Ivory Tower. Back to Motown, it's great to see Detroit get off to a good start. It's a long season, for sure, but it looks like the fans in Comerica Park are going to have a lot of fun. Can they stay injury-free and stay on a roll? This baseball fan hopes so.

Now I'm off to watch the Indy 500.


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