I love it whenever the Tigers win. And with the last few years, I’ll take all of the wins I can get so don’t take this the wrong way. Driving home I listened to our local sports radio station (AM 1270) and you would have thought the Tigers won the World Series or something. Ninety wins seemed almost a foregone conclusion to some of the people calling in. And what do these people have to base this all on?
Two wins over one of the worst teams in baseball. Today the Tigers manhandled the Royals. Ivan Rodriguez had a stat line that looked like something out of a video game. Five for five with a homerun and five RBIs, and he was a triple short of the cycle. In all, five Tigers homered. And Jeremy Bonderman looked good. Eight strikeouts and only three hits in 6 2/3 innings. Chris Spurling struck out one and Jamie Walker struck out two.
All good stuff, but we’re two games into the season. I’m a huge proponent of what Sparky Anderson used to say. Give me 40 games. Then you’ll know who’s for real and who’s not.
The Tigers head to Texas so in my opinion, this will be their first true test. This is a stacked lineup in a hitters park. If the Tigers split the four game series and head into opening day with a 4-2 record, I’d be pretty happy. More then that, and then I’ll get a little excited.