A lot has been happening in Tigerland recently. I think it’s finally beginning to sink in that this just isn’t the Tigers season. Beyond that, it appears there need to be some pretty serious changes.
Most Tiger blogs out there are fantastic. Their writers are thoughtful and put in a lot of work that goes beyond just watching the games. They are astute observers who have some great opinion and analysis. Since I am currently running a Harry Potter themed summer camp I am a bit busy and can only give off you these great links for the time being. Enjoy.
- Over at the Wayne Fontes Experience, Al sums up the most recent crushing defeat of this disappointing season: Talk about a heartbreaking, soul-crushing defeat. A game that was all but over, until the Tigers’ bullpen blew up in a most spectacular, and painful to watch, fashion. Was today’s loss in Tampa the nail in Detroit’s coffin? I’m not sure, but with a bullpen doing its best imitation of the Titanic, it may well have been.
- Kurt of Mack Avenue Tigers is never one to mince words, he always lays it out exactly as he sees it. He thinks it’s time for Jim Leyland to hold some guys responsible for their lack of production: I’m all in favor of him FINALLY holding players (SHEFFIELD, RENTERIA, ROBERTSON, THE ENTIRE FRICKEN BULLPEN NOT NAMED “BOBBY SEAY”) accountable. But at the point when it’s pretty much too little, too late, Leyland decided to waste another game.
- Ian recaps the latest loss that capped the sweep in Tampa Bay: If you were excited to see Farnsworth pitch in a Tigers uniform after he was acquired on Thursday, you’re probably ready to ship him back to New York - or maybe China - after his performance today. The Farns took over for Galarraga and proceeded to hand the game over to the Rays by allowing hits to three of the first four hitters he faced. And two of those hits left the yard, giving Tampa the lead.
- Finally, at the Detroit Tigers Weblog, Billfer takes a look at what Jim Leyland is saying and what he is doing. This post is excellent, give it a read: You’re in the unenviable position of having no one you can trust and limited healthy options. But doing nothing was clearly a ridiculous move. Maybe someone else would have let in the Rodney’s mess. But it became clear that Rodney wasn’t going to get out of it on his own. On the day you threaten changes and demand more from your players, you let the fans down, as well as everyone in that clubhouse.
Check out all of the above, it’s good reading.