Thursday, April 30, 2009

Central time

Detroit meets Cleveland for a three-game set this weekend. The Tigers need to jump on Carl Pavano (0-3, 9.50 ERA) in the opener and put two losses to the Yankees behind them. The Tigs are tied for first in the AL Central, thanks in large part to beating up on the Texas Rangers. Otherwise, Detroit is looking like a hover-around-.500 type. Given the makeup of the Central, this is not necessarily bad. But the Tigs need to take care of business in the Central, particularly because they might struggle against the East.

To be 11-10 when Justin Verlander has an ERA north of 6, Magglio Ordonez took the better part of April to get his first extra-base hit, Placido Polanco has an OBP south of .300 (career .349), Marcus Thames has spent more time on the DL than at the plate, and Jeremy Bonderman and Joel Zumaya have yet to appear, can give one reason to believe the glass is half full.

Or it might just be an indication the glass is leaking.

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