It's Going To Be a Long Summer for the Detroit Tigers
Trust me, I am not the type of guy to panic this early into a season. Baseball is a sport where a team can have a really bad first month or two and still be in the hunt come September.
But if these first two games are any indication of what is still to come, it is going to be a long and frustrating summer.
It's no secret that the economy here in Michigan is in dire straits, and that is going to have an effect on this franchise.
Already, we have seen season ticket sales cut in half from last year.
The Tigers have the third highest payroll in the Majors, and now with projected revenues being sub par, it will be interesting to see what happens with this roster.
Detroit has several high-priced veterans who are likely to be moved before the trade deadline, granted there are any takers.
Two who will most definitely be moved are Magglio Ordonez and Carlos Guillen.
Ordonez is going to make $18 million in 2009. Guillen will make around $10 million.
There is no doubt that these two are spectacular players, and it would be devastating if the club were to lose either one; however, I just don't see a plausible scenario in which they stay on board.
If the economy isn't bad enough, look at the performances on the field.
To have any semblance of a successful season, Justin Verlander is going to have to find himself. He doesn't need to repeat his 2006 and 2007 seasons, but he needs to be able to eat up some innings and give the team quality starts. The Tigers can't count on their bullpen to bail them out this year.
Speaking of the bullpen, I knew it was a really bad sign when the Tigers signed Brandon Lyon to come in as the closer. I mean, when was the last time the words "Lyon/Lion" and "win" were used in the same sentence in the city of Detroit?
Oh, do I miss the blood-boiling days of Todd Jones...
There are a few bright spots, however.
Edwin Jackson looks as if he is going to be a quality starter. He deserved to get a W last night and will see his fair share of wins this season.
Rick Porcello, the Tigers' No. 1 pick in 2007, looks like he is going to be a stud. He will be in the rotation very soon. He has drawn comparisons to Josh Beckett, and that is never a bad thing.
Here's hoping I'm wrong and Detroit has a magical run in them. For now, I'm not holding my breath.
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