Detroit Tigers – The “Should’ve Guy’s” Early Season Review

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May 12, 2015; Detroit, MI, USA; Detroit Tigers first baseman Miguel Cabrera (24) bats during the game against the Minnesota Twins at Comerica Park. Mandatory Credit: Tim Fuller-USA TODAY Sports

Does anyone else feel the subtle Panic in Detroit? In a matter of a month, Detroit Tigers fans have gone from planning a World Series parade to abandoning their beloved team. It’s May. It’s a marathon of a season, but the Tigers do indeed seem to be in a bit of trouble.

Last year, I was in New York City with my girlfriend and stuck in traffic with nowhere to go. I said to my girlfriend “I should have turned left on 54th street.”  She smirked and said “oh the should’ve guy has shown up.” I laughed.  But I now love this concept she has created. How many times do we say we should’ve or would’ve when something happens or we analyze something.

So in tribute to my girlfriend, I present the “Should’ve Guy’s” assessment of the Detroit Tigers as of  May 2015 .

1.  Tigers Should’ve Signed Russell Martin.

I am so stuck on this point. I know, I know. Alex Avila’s dad has deep ties as a scout with the Tigers organization and I can respect loyalty. But it won’t always win you a World Series. So here we are in May with our veteran catcher on the 15 day DL, but needing surgery and will most likely miss most of the season.

It’s an opportunity for James McCann to step up and show that he is a major league catcher. I’d love for that to happen. That’s not the scouting report per se on him, but it might happen.

Ignoring that fact, the Should’ve Guy points out that Alex’s line is .200/.342/.317. Last year it was .218/.327/.359 and oh yeah 2013 was .227/.317/.376. Russell Martin? His line? .281/.383/.583 and just 7 home runs this season and 19 RBI’s. Last year? .290/.402/.430. Dombrowski clearly Should’ve signed Russell Martin