TIGERS: TOUGH LOSSES AGAINST TOUGH TEAMS NOT ACCEPTABLE
I am actually angry about the Detroit Tigers.
That is good news and bad news.
The good news is maybe more of us care about a team that last had a winning record when people wore bell bottoms, flashed the peace signs and smoked hippy lettuce. OK. It has not been that long. It only seems that way.
The Tigers dropped five of six games during a critical home stand. And yes three of those games were to the red hot Chicago White Sox and two were to the New York Yankees where victories are never guaranteed.
However, the Tigers wasted good pitching and stranded runners that should have scored easily.
Maybe it was the galling way they lost to the Sox. In one game all you need to do to win is bring a man home from third with no outs.
And in the next the Tigers loaded the bases with no one out and once again failed to bring anyone home. Yes, I understand the Sox are 22-8 in one-run games, but this is still unacceptable.
Then there was Saturday's ninth inning melt down against the Yankees followed by Sunday's cold spell and 1-0 loss to pitcher Chien-Ming Wang.
Now a team that gave us hope by inching two games above .500 less than two weeks ago is now reeling and spinning out of control.
They moved hitting coach Bruce Fields to bench coach, which became the first promotion in baseball that is a demotion. And then moved Kirk Gibson from bench coach to hitting coach which became baseball's first demotion that is a promotion.
Like this is going to do any good.
I suppose I am angry because I had expectations for the first time in a decade. They were supposed to win games like the ones they blew the past week.
And I know Tiger fans hate to hear this. But this is the same team, with different faces losing in the same fashion.