The Tigers cut Alex Sanchez today. This might have been the best move they’ve made so far to prepare for the 2005 season.
I’m going to take a look at this, including the chance we might land Mike Cameron and the impact he might make hopefully tonight, but if not, then tomorrow. Still very much under the weather.
The Reds got Eric Milton, so yet another starting pitcher eludes the Tigers. Frankly, I’m not too sad about this one. Milton gave up a ton of homeruns, and shouldn’t have had the record he did in Philly last year.
So, I go to the free agent tracker for starting pitching to see who’s left. Derek Lowe is still out there, as is the one year wonder, Esteban Loaiza. I think at this point, it’s yet another guy who hasn’t been mentioned much that’s the most intriuging, and that’s Odalis Perez. He’s had a couple of nice seasons, and he’s still only 27 years old. Shawn Estes and Omar Daal are also still out there.
And then there’s Carlos Beltran. The Tigers are still popping up as potential suitors, and it’s probably just one big tease. By the end of the week, the Yankees could have both Randy Johnson and Beltran on their team.
If anyone can tell me what the Vegas odds were that the Tigers would be the last undefeated team in baseball, I’m sure it would be telling tale. Yes, it’s only four games into the season, but Toronto, who Detroit man handled in a three game series in their own box went on to beat Boston in “their” home opener yesterday.
Still, Tiger fans have to be realistic. Pat Caputo, the Oakland Press writer, who also has a radio show on AM 1270, knows more about baseball then anyone I know. And just on Sunday, six days ago, he predicted on his radio show that the Tigers would go 62-100.
Not to rain on everyone’s parade, but he could still be right. With Dmitri Young down, all it would take is something similar to happen to Vina, or Pudge, or White, to see things drop off pretty quick.
Not that I’m trying to be pessimistic, but the fans who now have taken a new interest in the Tigers shouldn’t neccesarily just give up on them if they drop off. They should enjoy the fact that Mike Ilitch said he’d make the team better, and he followed through. Maybe next year we add another guy (starting pitching) that puts us over the top. But for now, all we can do is enjoy what the Tigers are giving us, some plain old excitement.