I spent the last 4 days enjoying Up North Michigan, specifically the Petoskey area. I haven’t really seen Alex Avila do his thing yet, and I missed another Carl Pavano gem. I tried to keep up the best I could but I know I’m lagging behind so I’ll at least try and tie the score today.
Speaking of Alex Avila, the kid had a mighty fine debut. After 2 games people are ready for him to have the starting job, relegate Gerald Laird to the bench, and make statue plans. I’m thrilled with his debut and I do think that Avila is the catcher of the future, but let’s not jump to too many conclusions after 2 games – except for the conclusion that Avila’s place in the organization isn’t based on nepotism.
I do like Leyland’s plan to have Avila start 40% of the time and I think that will benefit both catchers. His decision to do it based on his starting pitcher as opposed to the other team’s pitcher is a little curious though.
I don’t know if it was just the homestand, favorable match-ups, regression, or luck, but the offense had itself a decent homestand. Averaging over 5 runs a game is a welcome change, and Pavano even pitched in one of those games. Curtis Granderson, Placido Polanco, Carlos Guillen, Magglio Ordonez, and Miguel Cabrera all had positive weeks. You know, like they were supposed to be doing all season. The offense couldn’t come at a better time because of the…
Tigers pitchers have allowed 55 runs over the last 8 games, the worst 8 game stretch of the season by far. Justin Verlander has been tagged for 5 runs in consecutive starts. Armando Galarraga has people questioning whether he’ll make his next start. Jarrod Washburn has seen the ball leave the yard with regularity (his home run/fly ball rate was ridiculously low before arriving here – instant regression). Is it a bad stretch or is the pitching fading? It’ll be tough to gauge over the next 4 games because…
The Red Sox are a team that is struggling. They were just swept by the Yankees are now tied with the Rangers in the Wild Card race. They are traditionally a good offensive team, but after scoring 18 runs against the Orioles they only plated 14 runs in their next 6 games. But like the Tigers they are a much better home team taking 2 of every 3 in Fenway and their slump could be cured with home cooking.
A bunch of stuff you should read and see from the last few days: