Five reasons for the Tigers not to panic – Paul Wezner, Tigs Town
Unrest among Tigers fans has picked up over the past couple weeks, as the Tigers have fallen out of first place behind the upstart Royals and there have been a few ugly losses along the way. Despite that, there are five reasons why the Tigers remain in good shape.
It’s been a tough few weeks for the Detroit Tigers.
As of August 24, Detroit is 11-12 this month, and this is after acquiring ace LHP David Price from the Tampa Bay Rays at the trading deadline. The Kansas City Royals have emerged as a serious threat in the AL Central, and lead the division. Heck, even the Cleveland Indians are still lurking as a possibility to challenge the Tigers’ hold on the Central crown.
Tigers have the stars, but might not have depth to make a World Series run - Kurt Mensching, The Detroit News
The mark of a baseball roster compiled by Tigers president and general manager Dave Dombrowski: Plenty of stars, but a few scrubs, too.
That has its advantages. The Tigers have won three consecutive division titles, for one. They have been in the World Series as recently as 2012. They could return to it in 2014. Could being the operative term here.
However, we saw over the weekend the disadvantage of a team without much depth. Friday the Tigers were shellacked, 20-6. On Saturday afternoon, with a starting pitcher who a month ago could be found pitching with the Single A West Michigan Whitecaps, Detroit lost, 12-4.
If we learned one thing, it’s that the cellar-dwellar Twins are still a darn sight better than Detroit’s minor league pitching staff.