It seems that every year there’s a team that defies expectations, achieving far more than what anyone might have predicted for them. This year it’s the Tigers, leaders of the AL Central and holders of MLB’s best record, at 35-15. It’s a huge turnaround for the team, and if you want to know how it’s happening, look no further than the runs allowed column. Tiger pitchers (with help from their spacious home ballpark) have allowed opponents just 178 runs this year—that’s 25 fewer than the next lowest (St. Louis) and 37 fewer than the 2nd best AL club (the ChiSox). This afternoon, the Yankees face one of the team’s several success stories, Jeremy Bonderman (5-3, 4.57), a 23-year-old flamethrower already in his 4th full season. He’ll face Randy Johnson, who continues to try and reinvent/find himself. Everyone in Yankeeland is watching closely to see what Johnson brings; his season will do much to shape that of his team. Let’s hope for the best. In the meanwhile, this is your place for comment on all the action on a lovely Memorial Day. Post away!
Tigers, Tigers, Burning Bright: Yanks-Tigers Gamer I
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