Monday, April 14, 2008

It can only get better, right?

So Jim Leyland finally saw enough and lost it on the boys. Wonder if he threw bats in the shower.

Leyland: You guys. You lollygag the ball around the infield. You lollygag your way down to first. You lollygag in and out of the dugout. You know what that makes you? Andy!
Andy (Van Slyke): Lollygaggers!
Leyland: Lollygaggers. What's our record, boy?
Andy: Two and ten.
Leyland: Two and ten! How the hell did we ever win two?
Andy: It's a miracle.
Leyland: It's a miracle!

The Lancaster Barnstormers are my new favorite team.

I'd like to offer analysis of the Tigers pathetic start to the season, but what really can you say? The numbers are as awful as the win-loss record. They can't hit (.235/.322/.335), they can't pitch (5.94 ERA/1.63 WHIP) and they can't field. Curtis Granderson, Carlos Guillen, Miguel Cabrera, Gary Sheffield and Dontrelle Willis all have missed time with injuries. Amazingly, they've not been buried in the AL Central.

The next two weeks will determine whether this is a bad team or simply a team that had a bad stretch to open the season.

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