Detroit Tigers The Verdict after 60 games:
May was a nice surprise after a horrendous month of April and June has started out just fine with a 3-3 mark. The bats putting up 28 runs despite a shutout by Dylan Cease and a 1 run performance against Lance Lynn, along with Mize and Skubal having strong first starts is very encouraging. I think the Tigers can hold their own and play in the .470-.500 vicinity for the next month or two if injuries can stay out of their way and Spencer Turnbull is not out for too long.
Once the innings limits hit and possibly a subtraction or two at the trade deadline, I think things will turn much bleaker for a final couple of months.
I am sticking at 65-97 for the season, but plenty to focus on and enjoy. Watch the youngsters on the mound while they are out there before their early tee times are upon us. As far as the position players, the development and results of Jeimer Candelario, Eric Haase, Derek Hill, Daz Cameron when he arrives, Akil Baddoo, and Willi Castro are worthwhile following as we sort out who is in and who is out for 2022 and beyond.
We can at least be thankful there really are many important developments to watch at the major league level now, unlike the past few seasons. The overall picture is still very cloudy, but at least there are some breaks in the clouds and joy to be had this glorious summer.