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Opening Weekend in the D

April 8, 2012

Baseball

There’s no doubt that, despite my biases, the best series this weekend was between the Detroit Tigers and the Boston Red Sox.

This offseason, the Red Sox were the sports media’s punching bag, and rightfully so. After the emphasized “Thanks for nothings” to Terry Francona on his way out the door from upper management and the Boston Globe, and the badgering of the pitching staff, the Red Sox were more than ready to exorcise their demons from the past season…

Everyone has their demons...

To contrast, the Detroit Tigers had one of the best offseasons in my recent memory. There are two reasons for this: the sneaky signing of Prince Fielder, and the retaining of all the major pieces of their 2011 playoff run. Despite losing a more than suitable designated hitter/first baseman in Victor Martinez, the Tigers came in to the 2012 season upstart and hopeful, with the World Series being their one and only (realistic) goal for the year.

By now, I’m sure we all know who came out the winner. Despite pitching woes from literally every pitcher except Justin Verlander, the Tigers absolutely trounced the Red Sox and served the Boston faithful a painful epiphany; beer, fried chicken, and Terry Francona were far from being the only reasons behind the Red Sox collapse last year. Instead, which so few pointed out at the time, the collapse (and terrible start to 2012), resulted from terrible pitching, terrible defense, the absence of Carl Crawford (even if he may have actually been seen on the field playing… he would’ve been just as productive on the DL), and now Nick Punto getting spotty starts at third base.

In case you didn't believe me. (Screenshot taken from ESPN.com)

However, the Tigers offense simply cannot go without mention here. Though it was only a 3-game series, and we’ve only completed about 1.8% of the season (Yeah. 1.8% of the season. When was the last time you went absolutely nuts in excitement after beating the crap out of the first 1.8% of a video game? Never, I hope. Because you know it just gets tougher.), the Tigers offense looks to be the best in the big leagues when it’s healthy. If Austin Jackson improves even in the slightest bit, and Brennan Boesch puts up similar numbers to last year, they’ll be terrifying for even the best of pitching staffs. Miguel Cabrera, Prince Fielder, Alex Avila, and Jhonny Peralta will without doubt carry this team to a Central Division crown.

And that, Detroit, is something to be excited about.

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One Comment on “Opening Weekend in the D”

  1. Sean Breslin Says:

    The Tigers are going to be a darn good team this year…they have all the pieces.

    Reply

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