With the 2008 campaign right around the corner, GM Dave Dombrowski was feeling very confident about the team he had assembled for the 2008 season.
Think: When was the last time the Detroit Tigers were getting this type of media hype from ESPN? They made the blockbuster move in the off season (Miguel Cabrera and Dontrelle Willis) and were now a near lock to win the American League.
But not so fast my friend, Detroit has came out of the gate dropping their first four, and it doesn't look very promising with a three game set against the Boston Red Sox on Tuesday. The Tigers’ main problem has been their bullpen, and they will continue to struggle until they can find some relief pitching. Instead of paying Cabrera $150 million, maybe they should have taken some of that money and invested it into a decent bullpen.
And if you, the fan, are feeling the pressure, I have no idea how the players are feeling. This is the first time, in a long time, that I can remember the Tigers playing two nationally televised games on opening weekend.
It is still too early to panic, but the Tigers need to pick up a win or two before heading to Boston.