Make that 6 – 0!
Although that is still only good enough for a tie for first, since those pesky Royals won again. (I think the Royals own that in the sports world now, the “pesky” moniker).
The Cleveland sweep, while satisfying, showed that this season will not be the breeze that a 6 – 0 start would suggest, because: pitching. The Lobster spent much of the game in hot water, and Blaine Hardy joined Ian Krol in the Shaky Lefty club.
But oh, that hitting! As good as Miguel Cabrera has been the last couple of seasons, it’s been a while since he has been fully healthy, and a while since he flat out scared anybody. After two long bombs and a double, Terry Francona finally gave in and walked him with a man on first. Expect to see a lot more of that this season, especially if Victor Martinez has a prolonged slow start (this is still his Spring Training after all).
The Tigers will be without Victor in the lineup as they ride their Vespas down I-76 to Pittsburgh to take on the Pirates in an early season Interlegue game, which almost seems designed to slow down early season momentum. Did I mention I’m not a fan of the way Interleague is done now? At least we won’t have any pennant races decided in an Interleague game, since the Interleague schedule concludes this season with the Astros at the Diamondbacks.
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It’s too early to get too excited about the hot start (although how would you like to be 0 – 6?), but that didn’t stop Sports Illustrated from jumping all over it. After giving Detroit a rather tepid pre-season prediction (I think we were barely sneaking in with the last wild card spot), we now find that Detroit is already playoff caliber. And that was only after the Twins sweep. Tap the brakes there, guys.
Today’s Did I Mention I Don’t Like Interleague This Early In The Season Lineup:
- Anthony Gose, CF
- Ian Kinsler, 2B
- Miguel Cabrera, 1B
- JD Martinez, RF
- Yoenis Cespedes, LF
- Nick Castellanos, 3B
- Alex Avila, C
- Jose Iglesias, SS
- Anibal Sanchez, P