Detroit Tigers pitcher Brad Penny

Brad Penny... So Far, So Good

I realize that we’re still in the beginning of March. I understand that things also often appear a little better when viewed in small sample size. However, so far so good for starting pitcher Brad Penny.

In two starts this spring-a span of 5 1/3 innings, Penny has looked pretty solid. He has yet to allow a walk and has given up less than a hit per inning. His secondary pitches have looked pretty impressive and more importantly he is starting seeing positive results. So far this spring Brad has racked up five strikeouts.

Two starts is definitely a small sample size but I’m an optimist. Regardless of how many innings we’ve seen, I’ll take positive results over getting shelled any day.

Brad Penny is an important piece of the puzzle this season. Plain and simple, Penny must remain healthy and contribute if Detroit wishes to contend this season. Surely the fate of the team doesn’t completely rest on his shoulders. However, things will become much easier for Detroit if the back end of the rotation is anchored by the 2006 or 2007 version of Brad Penny.

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  • wilsonm24

    I have high hopes for Penny this year. Fact is before injuries started to plague him he was a solid 2 and showed he could be an Ace.

    If he produces well he can take a huge amount of pressure not just off Coke but Porcello as well. The season may not depend on him, but the season looks a lot better if we can depend on him.

  • Chris Hannum

    Dombrowski’s love of former Marlins gets us guys like Penny, Dayton Moore’s love of former Braves gets KC guys like Jeff Francoeur. So glad.

  • StephenGrosberg

    No question about his importance, but the Tigers have depth. Oliver/Wilk/Turner at the top of the list, but with Zumaya out, Wilk might make it as a reliever. Furbush needs another good start to get closer to first up in a DL. Villarreal is also in there. I’m also looking for Thad Weber and L. J. Gagnier at Toledo. Play them to see. Drew Smyly could be ready sooner than most people think. I could go on with ST in 2012.