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It's five to four, bottom of the fifth, one out, and nobody on.

Ye olde ballpark

Home plate looking toward center field. Tiger Stadium June 23, 2012. Photo by Ralf Kohn.

Coming to Texas...Not what our Tigers need...

It's been great to see our boys stumbling back to life somewhat lately, but....
Coming to Arlington to meet one of the hottest clubs in baseball is just not what they need.

Ironically, the Rangers mirror the Tigers in some ways. Their hitting game has been way off of late. Josh Hamilton, after being the AL Player of the Month for April and May, has pretty much gone 0-fer-June. Their pitching rotation has been torn up by injuries.

But there's one key difference-the Rangers just keep winning. The guy the Tigers will face tonight, Grimm, was a Hail Mary call-up from AA Frisco. Prayers are answered, and he turned in a stunning masterpiece last week. Excellent control, good fastball and a sharp curve. Tigers better pray he gets the sophomore jinks tonight.

Picking up Roy Oswalt (as this commentator suggested the Tigers do a month ago) seems to have been another genius move. He turned in a performance last week that recalled his glory days.

And while Yu Darvish has been getting used to the amount of work we expect of major leaguers, he has mostly done an outstanding job, and figures to compete for rookie of the year if he continues apace.

Last night they showed another reason their pitching looks so good: crisp fielding by the middle infield. They turned three sharp double plays that got them out of jams.

Finding the pitching where they can, and getting cracker jack fielding; two solutions for sleepy bats that the Tigers wish they had.

Don't get me wrong, I still love our boys and will root for them this week, but there's a lot to learn from the Rangers.

Nick of Time

Best wishes to Nick Chamberlain -- my cousin's nephew -- who makes his first start on the mound in pro ball today with the Gulf Coast League Tigers here in Lakeland. Detroit drafted him in the 24th round out of college in California.

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Jeff Meade's Tiger Predictions

Jeff was a few years behind me in the sem. -- might have been in Hagerty's class.
He writes sports for the monroe Evening News and can be reached at (in case the comish wants to invite him to join this banter.
Today he rips Leyland, Valverde, Dombrowski, and especially Cabrera for their lackluster performance.  "Miguel Cabrera is immune from critcism from around here because of his immense talent, but his lacksaidasical attitude epitomizes what is wrong with the Tigers."  SPOT ON!!!
Jeff predicts:
McClendon gone - to be replaced by Durham (a bandaid)
Valverde will be placed on the disabled list with a mysterious ailment.
Leyland will blame injuries, which we have had, but so has Chicago and Cleveland.
White Sox will win the division
Tigers will acquire a 2nd baseman - and leyland will mess with his head like he did with Wilson Betemit.
Leyland will be fired at the end of the year, but it will be announced that he is retiring.
All very possible.
My take:
There is no apparent spark on our team. Other than blaming the umps.
Terry Fracona is available - WHY wait??
We need action NOW

Nick of Time

Tigers yesterday promoted Nick Castellanos from Lakeland, where he was hitting .405 and made the Florida State league all-star team, to the AA Erie Seawolves. Today's Free Press speculates the Tigers will move him from 3B to LF in spring training next year.

Who is next to go?

Ryan Rayburn is gone.
Don Kelly is not far behind.
Today's Freep thinks it might be time for hitting coach, Lloyd McClendon, to be in the unemplyment line.
Something HASTO BE DONE.
Becasue Illitch and Dombrowski are soo loyal, I doubt they will make the move of dumping Leyland. Terry Francona is in the broadcasting booth waiting for a job offer.
What say Ye?