After the Tigers most recent road series against Oakland, which unfortunately ended badly for the Tigers, they lost 2 out of 3 to the hapless A's, gave up nine runs Sunday and scored two runs Saturday. Which I know prompted some Tigers fans to throw things at their TV, and go on a killer-esque type rampage because you expect so much out of the Tigers which is good.
But I am hear to tell you that you need not to panic after every loss. It's OK to expect the Tigers to plate at least 4-5 runs, and to get disapointed when they score 1 or 2 runs which Edwin Jackson or Justin Verlander, who deserve some run support for the pitching they've put on this year. But people have to realize that according to the wonderful world of Baseball predictions, our Tigers were picked by "experts" to finish 4th to 5th in the Standings.
People should proud of the way the Tigers are playing, you should be excited going to Comerica Park every night knowing that if the Tigers win it's gonna mean something in the long run. People should grateful that the Tigers are in first, it means that Jim Leyland is pushing the right buttons, he must be doing something right.
I heard something great from Jim Leyland on the Tigers pre-game show, he said if he had one goal for his team this year, it would be to playing meaningful games in September which he has seemed to achieve, which means i might watch September baseball games for the first time. People get to uptight and way to upset about losses to meaningless teams in July and August, some people expected the Tigers to sweep the A's because on paper the Tigers look like the better team.
Well that's why games aren't played on paper. It's Major League Baseball if a Tigers pitcher makes a mistake like Porcello did today, the A's hitters are going to take advantage of it, no matter what players batting averages tell you or how many homers they've hit, there professional baseball players they've made to the big leagues for a reason they have the talent.
The Tigers have the pitchers to be a successful team in the long run, they have people like Granderson, Polanco, Everett, Inge, Laird, who play solid defense which will keep you in games, but one cause for concern for the Tigers has been the spotty offense play. One night they pop off 10 runs hit about three or four homers, starting pitcher shuts down the other team, then the next day they score 1 or 2 runs leave 10 or so men on base, and the starting pitcher isn't so sharp. I know there have been games like that and that's frustrated some fans and me.
I think that the fans have been unreasonably high expectations on the Tigers offense. People are looking for the Tigers Offense to be like the 27' Yankees. They don't have 9 All stars they run out there every night, and they don't have the pitching staff that would make hitters not want to approach the batters box. People aren't giving Jim Leyland enough credit for what he's done this year with what he's been given. He definitely should be in the running for Manager of the Year, if he doesn't finish in the Top 2 or 3 then maybe they need to rethink the meaning of the award.
But one thing that the Tigers players have in the Clubhouse is belief. Some fans for some reason don't believe in the team, i have believed in this team since they've been in first place i believe that the offense will get the job done when it counts, third and second with two outs down two runs to the White Sox in the ninth, i believe those runs are going to be plated they are going to drive in those runs. Fernando Rodney is giving the unfortunate task of bases loaded no outs, and he has to save the game he is going to get the job done I absolutely believe he will he's been suprisingly awesome this year.
Just like the 2006 World Series team which took people by suprise, I feel like this team is very capable of doing the same thing this year I hope other people feel the same way as well.