ARE THE TIGERS SLOWLY BREAKING DOWN?
The Tigers Dmitri Young said he will return tonight against Tampa Bay after twisting his ankle against the Los Angeles/Anaheim/Burbank/Beverly Hills/Laguna Beach/Hollywood/Pasadena Angels.
But will he?
It was the same game that catcher Pudge Rodriguez got hit on the toe with a foul ball. Reliever Troy Percival is on the injured list and the Tigers have yet to get a hit out of big time free agent signee Magglio Ordonez.
And where oh where is our old buddy Bobby Higginson?
The Tigers continue to hover around .500, but it appears as if injuries are beginning to build up. This is a team where everything must go perfectly if they are to make a run at the Central Division title.
The Tigers need another big time starter and more reliability in the bull pen to play consistently with the big boys.
Injuries do not help and my fear is they will slowly build up and finally break down the Tigers who have little margin for error.
It is just something to keep an eye on while you enjoy this Pistons run to the title.
WHEN DOES IT BECOME PENA TIME?
I ran into Tiger first baseman Carlos Pena at Star Lincoln Mercury Monday. He was looking for a car and we have to get a new family buggy also so I have been looking around the past few days for a nice deal.
We spoke briefly and he sent a message after I hit the lot "have him write good things about me."
He was just joking but Pena is struggling big time. I don't hoot on the guy because I root for the guy. Pena is one of the good guys in sports and it would be great to see him turn into a consistent hitter and drop that always gruesome "potential" label.
TIME TO END THE SHOW
The Pistons need to win the next two games to get to the Eastern Conference Finals against the resting Miami Heat. The problem is they probably almost assured themselves a first-game loss in Miami by being extended by the Indiana Pacers. The Heat needed rest in the worst way.
Center Shaquille O'Neal labored with leg injuries against the Washington Wizards and the Heat smartly sat him down. He needs rest more than playing time. His battle though will be with rust.
Can the Pistons take advantage of it?
We shall see if and when they get past the Pacers.