What the Deuce: Comedy of Errors

Saturday, October 28, 2006

Comedy of Errors

It ended with a strikeout. A part of me was greatful that it ended quickly. How much more could we take? Eight total errors, five by pitchers. I had trouble sleeping Thursday night. E-1. I had trouble sleeping last night. E-1. Botched throws by Fernando Rodney, Joel Zumaya, and even Justin Verlander. I still don't believe it. Weren't the Tigers supposed to dispatch the Cardinals easily?

Inexperience, not youth, finally caught up with the Tigers. You could tell they were a little more tentative, a little more careful, and simply, a little more tight. The batters didn't work the count like they did against the Yankees and A's. In the field, players committed errors they hadn't all season. The pressure finally got to them. For the first time in the postseason, the Tiger were expected to win. The first time they were favorites was in the World Series.

Only a few people had the gall to predict the Tigers would even make it this far when the season began. I thought 81-81 would be a success. Thus, no matter how you look at it, this season was successful. I think we can expect good things out of these Tigers in the future. I would expect this team to contend for at least the next 5 years. The pitchers are young and contractually comitted to Detroit. Cameron Maybin, if he performs like people expect him to, will be an anchor in centerfield allowing Curtis Granderson to move to leftfield. If the Tigers can add a couple of left handed bats, they could get back to another World Series, hopefully sooner than later.

I expect next season will be a letdown. The pitchers threw more innings than they ever had and that will be the biggest factor. And let's not forget about the White Sox and Indians. The AL Central could be a tough division to win. Coupled with the Yankees and Red Sox, someone is going to be left out. Realistically, expect the Tigers back in the Series in 2008 or 2009. A return to the Series is not certain but one thing is: Baseball is back in Detroit.


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