MicroThoughts - Detroit Tigers
by, 09-23-2012 at 07:43 PM (720 Views)
I have had the honor of watching the Detroit Tigers play 23 innings in about the last 24 hours. Wait, honor is the wrong word. What is the opposite of honor? The Tigers are brutal. I know their record is much, much, much better than the Twins' record, but they are brutal. They have 3 great starting pitchers: Verlander, Fister and Scherzer (who can be pretty hit or miss). They have three great hitters: Cabrera, Fielder, and Jackson. They have one player who is regularly in the lineup that provides good defense: Jackson. Oh, and Joaquin Benoit is a legitimately good pitcher.
Their defense is lower than rat excrement. The infield defense is particularly terrible. I usually enjoy watching good teams play, but either this is not a good team, or this is some crazy exception. I wanted the Tigers to overtake the White Sox, so I could watch Verlander in the playoffs. I am starting to think that having to watch their terrible defense for even one more minute might not be worth watching one of the very best pitchers in baseball.
Am I missing something, or is Detroit just an awful team masquerading as a decent team? If Detroit and Chicago are the class of this division, then how bad are the Twins and Indians?