Sox-Tigers Postmortem III: They’re Not Grrrreeeat!

The national baseball press can talk all they want about the Detroit Tigers and their gaudy record. But their first test against truly powerful, perennially winning ballclubs was a miserable failure, losing five of seven games to the Sox and Yanks. The two series served notice to the rest of the American League what the regulars on this blog have known all year long: Despite staffs depleted by injuries, our two teams remain the best in the league, if not all baseball. It’s been this way since 2003. It hasn’t changed this year. The pretenders (that includes you, Toronto) can sit down now.

Comment if you wish, as the Matt Clement pendulum of opinion swings back toward the positive …

11 comments… add one
  • what about the jays?

    beth June 5, 2006, 6:18 am
  • One thing’s for sure: there’s never a dull moment with Matt. Even after a relatively solid outing, he gives plenty of cause for concern. What to make of a guy who is utterly “tuckered out” (his words), after 96 pitches? As we’ve seen, 96 pitches from Matt Clement will get the team 6 innings MAX — given the way he gets behind seemingly every batter he faces.
    Hopefully he just needs a little more time to readjust to his new-old mechanics.

    airk June 5, 2006, 10:39 am
  • I think the Pale Hose are still a team to be taken seriously. Le Tigres…not so much.

    Nate June 5, 2006, 10:39 am
  • The NL is AA ball, in the AL, anything outside the East is AAA ball, the AL East is the only real MLB division left.

    LocklandSF June 5, 2006, 11:22 am
  • Let’s get this straight, the Angels thumped my Yanks in the ALDS, the White Sox thumped your Red Sox in the ALDS, and the East is still King? It’s only June, I wouldn’t be this cocky. Oh, and about those Jays. The Doc is straight dealing, Burnett will soon return, and that line-up rakes; this team will challenge the Sox and Yanks down the road this season, believe it. Oh I almost forgot one thing about those Jays; Vernon Wells owns you guys like Papi has owned the Yanks.

    bloodyank78 June 5, 2006, 11:52 am
  • Burnett will soon return
    After his stint on the 60 day DL. How reliable will he be?

    SF June 5, 2006, 12:00 pm
  • Most likely more effective than whomever is pitching in his spot in the rotation currently.

    bloodyank78 June 5, 2006, 12:04 pm
  • If Burnett comes back feeling confident about his elbow, he will deal. Don’t forget how he looked against the Sox for those first few innings before something crackled in his elbow (head?) again. Who knows? But he threw 50-60 pitches in a bullpen sesh on Saturday and is almost ready to make some rehab starts. If he and Doc are both healthy, that’s a tough friggin’ one-two punch.

    Spidey June 5, 2006, 12:29 pm
  • And how long will Burnett be healthy for? Seems to me like the standards applied to Josh Beckett’s questionable health by some YFs are being ignored here w/r/t Burnett, who is actually hurt, and has perhaps a worse track record than Beckett.

    SF June 5, 2006, 12:34 pm
  • I still say the Jays need middle and long relief pitching before they’ll contend. They have exactly one good such pitcher (Speier) at this point in the season (by ERA, he’s been better the last couple of years than before in his career, so he could be the real thing). Walker at best could be average if he approaches his lifetime numbers and Frasor could actually be decent if past numbers (two seasons) are an indication, but no one else looks special. There’s really no one else (and glaringly no long relief that I can see). You’re relying on starter through 7, Speier, Ryan at this point. However, if Janssen keeps pitching like he has and this hitting is real…maybe they have an outside shot.
    By comparison, the Yankees have Myers, Villone, and Proctor (the former in small numbers, admittedly) clearly doing their jobs. The Sox have Timlin and a series of league-average pitchers (too early to tell on Van Buren or Riske, though). Hopefully (for us SFs), at least one of Riske, Seanez, Tavarez, or Foulke will turn out better than they have been and Van Buren will be the real thing. My money’s on Riske.
    Interestingly, Ryan, Rivera, and Papelbon have almost the same number of innings pitched (26.2, 27.1, 28.0 respectively from above). I would’ve expected Ryan to be overused considering.
    And I’m all for not discounting the other leagues/divisions. Especially in a short playoff series.

    Devine June 5, 2006, 12:52 pm
  • Have any of you out there in RSN read Silverman’s article in the Boston Herald today? I’d love to hear some of your takes on it. I don’t necessarily agree w/everything in it, but he brings up some valid points. Some of you more passionate Soxfans out there might want to read it away from others because it’s gonna piss you off.

    bloodyank78 June 5, 2006, 1:55 pm

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