Friday, April 04, 2008

So, how does this happen? The mighty Detroit Tigers, with a nearly $138 million payroll, are off to an 0-4 start. They got swept in their opening series by the Royals (total payroll: $58 million) and could only manage one run in two games against Brian Bannister and Zack Greinke. Then they lost another one to the White Sox today, leaving them as the only MLB team without a win.

Obviously, guys like Cabrera, Ordonez and Sheffield are going to hit. If I were the Tigers, I would be most worried about my relief pitching. Joel Zumaya and Fernando Rodney are both on the DL, and they guys they have left in the bullpen just aren't as good. And who knows how much closer Todd Jones has left.

Obviously, the Tigers aren't a bad team, and if they had a four game losing streak in June nobody would think much of it. Are they feeling the pressure of high expectations? Maybe. It'll be interesting to see if Dontrelle Willis first AL start can get them back on track.


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