By: Kurt Snyder
Since the Tigers left Minnesota after sweeping the Twins, it was easy for the team and their fans to look ahead at the schedule and start licking their chops. The team was coming home to play a last place team in the Angels and a White Sox team floundering under the .500 mark and going nowhere.
But the Tigers are taking opportunities to gain tons of ground and throwing them out the window. Cleveland seems to just be waiting to be overtaken and Baltimore is letting everyone into the Wild Card race. But the Tigers are not at all threatening these teams by beating opponents they should be dominating.
The clock is ticking on this team and this season. They are at risk of watching these vulnerable teams leave town having won series they have no business winning. Thank goodness Salty pulled one out of the loss column Monday.
Do you hear that train a-comin’? Yeah, it’s the Royals. You know, the World Champs? Kansas City has floundered all summer watching a pennant race in front of them. But it’s a race that has never really gotten away from them. Cleveland and Detroit have not made significant progress for a while and I am sure the Tigers are starting to feel the Royals breathing down their necks.
There is no pressure on a team coming off a World Championship. And the Royals look like they wanna have some fun and make another run. If no one else acts like they want the Central, I’m sure the Royals will gladly take it.
Of course, the whole situation becomes more daunting for a Tiger team potentially facing more time without Cameron Maybin. The guts, the glue, the fire and the thumb. Oh, that confounding thumb.
I am sure opinions are far-reaching on whether Cam should have even been attempting to steal second base during Monday night’s game against the White Sox. After having winced in pain after fouling off a pitch, he still sucked it up and singled to left. But with that thumb a-throbbin’, is it really a good time to attempt a stolen base?
Am I blaming Brad? Well, when all else fails, why not! Cam’s got a bad thumb already. He clearly injured it even more at the plate. But hey, what do you have to lose? Why not have him try to steal second and potentially finish that thumb off? Did Maybin have the green light? If so, I think I’m waving that off.
This isn’t second guessing folks. I couldn’t believe he was running after tweaking that thumb at the plate. Could any of you?
Brad maybe needs to check his team’s record again with Maybin in the lineup. Or better yet, check what it is without him; since that’s the predicament one more time.