Hey Cool I’m Back! What I Miss?
As a lot of you know, for the last couple of months I have been dealing with technical difficulties with this site and have not been able to write anything. Today, I am glad to report that everything is fixed! Now that that has been done, let’s talk about what I’ve missed this season, shall we? As of today the Tigers are atop the Central Division of the American League with a record of 59-45 and lead the Cleveland Indians by three games. Just as was predicted, and still surprising to me, the Central Division hasn’t been as much of a joke this year. The Indians haven’t had their patented collapse (yet) this year, and the Kansas City Royals are currently on a six game win streak and refuse to throw in the towel at the trade deadline. If you’ve followed the Tigers even just a little bit this season, you’re very well aware of the expectations surrounding this team. It shouldn’t come as a surprise to anyone that the Tigers are doing so well, but nonetheless it has still been awesome to watch.
I can’t cover everything that has gone on this season, and you probably aren’t interested in reading a recap of everything you already know, but I think it’s important to go over a few big story lines. There have been quite a few headlines this year, but I think the most prominent one this year is the tremendous season that starting pitcher Max Scherzer is having. About a year after his brother’s tragic death, Max has never pitched better. I personally think that a pitcher’s win-loss record is a misleading stat because it’s extremely dependent on a teams offense, but Max holds the best record in the MLB at 15-1. Although he has the leagues highest run support, Max also has a 3.01 ERA, 164 SO’s, a 0.92 WHIP, and holds his opponents to a .197 batting average. All in all, Max Scherzer has been tremendous, and it’s been a pleasure watching him mature this year.
Another huge story, which would probably be an even bigger deal if he wasn’t accustomed to playing like this quite regularly, is the monster season that Miguel Cabrera is having at the plate. It’s pretty safe to say that Miggy is the best hitter on the planet, and he’s once again showing the whole world why they shouldn’t be afraid to say that. Cabrera, who missed four straight games last week, leads the MLB in batting average, on base percentage, OPS, RBI’s, and hits. He’s currently second in home runs, slugging percentage, and runs scored. There are a lot of other offensive stats that he’s probably leading in or is in he top three in, but you get the point. If it wasn’t for Chris Davis’ emergence, Miggy would be leading in all three Triple Crown categories right now, but there’s still two long months left in the season. Don’t be surprised if Cabrera is the first ever back to back Triple Crown winner.
The last headline that I’m going to write a bit about is the Tigers All Stars. No, the All Star game isn’t as big of a deal as the media makes it out to be, but it’s an entertaining event that features some of the best players in Major League Baseball. The game was held in Queens, New York at Citi Field and the American League beat the National League 3-1. In case you didn’t know, whoever wins the All Star game gets home field advantage in the World Series, so this may prove big if the Tigers can get back to the big show for the second straight season. This year, the Tigers featured six players in the game and also the entire coaching staff. Among the All Stars from Detroit was third baseman Miguel Cabrera, first baseman Prince Fielder, shortstop Jhonny Peralta, right fielder Torii Hunter, starting pitcher Max Scherzer, and starting pitcher Justin Verlander. Miguel Cabrera made his first start ever in an All Star game (shocking) along with Max Scherzer starting on the mound for the AL team. Scherzer threw a clean inning ending it by striking out Joey Votto looking on a 99 MPH fastball located on the outside corner, aka the most perfectly located and beautiful pitch ever (kind of not kidding). Verlander, who has had a tough season after signing an extension in the offseason, did not pitch in the game. On a side note, I want to make it clear that I do not think that Justin’s huge contract has made him pitch so mediocre this year, I truly think it’s a mechanics and pitch location issue. To think his ego is getting in the way seems a little ridiculous to me when talking about someone as competitive as Justin Verlander. Miggy had a double and also made some stellar plays on defense at third base. Prince hit a triple. Yep, I’ll leave it at that. He also participated in the Home Run Derby to defend his crown, but exited in the first round after only hitting 5 home runs. Jhonny hit a single off of Craig Kimbrel in his only at bat and Torii grounded into a double play. It was a real honor to see the Tigers represented so well in the midsummer classic.
All in all, this season has been a very exciting one to say the least. There is so much more that I could go on and on about, but I respect my readers and realize that you probably have other things to do. Before I go though, I have a few more things though that need to be mentioned. Matt Tuiasosopo, a non roster invitee who got a minor league contract from Detroit after he sent an email to Dave Dombrowski asking for a chance, continues to tear it up getting the majority of his at bats against left handed pitchers. The bullpen has struggled mightily for the majority of the year, but has settled down since the All Star break by finding stability in it’s back end led by recently appointed closer Joaquin Benoit, and set up men Drew Smyly and Bruce Rondon. All three of those pitchers deserve their own articles, but that’s a story for another day. Finally, the last thing I have to mention is the Biogenesis scandal that has taken the MLB by a storm. I believe that the players on the list should be suspended. They broke a rule and should be punished for it. The problem that I have with the scandal is that the media has made it grow into something it shouldn’t be. After Milwaukee Brewers star Ryan Braun was suspended for the remainder of the season, the media made sure to crucify everyone on the Biogenesis list. Yes, those players have cheated, but what about the players that cheat and don’t get caught? I’m sure some of the players that the media praises today have cheated or cheat right now, yet they continue to glorify them. What about the players that have serious problems off of the field? My point is that the MLB is full of players who are imperfect people and it’s disgusting to read things from famous writers who call out said players as if they have never made a mistake. Boy, that paragraph was longer than I expected. I could write all day about the Biogenesis investigation, but frankly I’m tired of hearing about it and think that the media should get back to focusing on that interesting game that’s being played on the field. What’s that game called again? Baseball? Yeah, I like that one.
I’m finished now. It’s been awhile since my last article, and as you can see, I had a lot to vent about. The 2013 Major League Baseball season has been awesome if you’re a fan of the Tigers, which I assume you are. If you aren’t a fan of the Tigers than why are you reading this site? Anyway, I’m excited to get back to writing about the Tigers for the remainder of the season and hope that you’re all excited to get back go reading my stuff. I truly have a lot of fun doing this stuff, and I’m sure that not many seventeen year olds feel the same way that I do about this. Thanks for hanging in there through all of the technical difficulties, and go Tigers. Whoops! I almost forgot to mention the deaths of James Van Horn and Dreadlock Mike. Van Horn was a homeless man best known for standing outside the gates of Comerica Park with his Hulk Hand holding a red solo cup while chanting Eat Em Up Tigers, Eat Em Up. Dreadlock Mike, another homeless man, was always seen outside of Comerica Park in his wheelchair. They were both killed in a hit and run accident late last Friday night/early Saturday morning. It’s a tragic loss to the fan base and the gates of CoPa honestly won’t be the same without them. The support on the Internet for them has been amazing, and I’ll make sure to somehow pay my respects to them at the game Tuesday night. Now I’m officially done. Enjoy the day off today, and get ready for a pitching heavy, two game series against the Washington Nationals this week. Eat em up Tigers.