After each week of the 2013 Detroit Tigers season we will meet here and discuss our team, the good, the bad, and maybe even the Don Kelly. Really we are looking for trends both positive and negative and to constantly evaluating our team as to how they are producing on the field. Of course after just one week, and one series both at home and on the road there are not a lot of trends to discuss yet. However, there are some things that should be pointed out.
The biggest thing to keep in mind here is it is the official policy of Detroit Sports 360.com that the standings in baseball mean nothing till the ivy at Wrigley Field turns green. So when we say the Tigers are 3-3 and one full game back of the Chicago White Sox and the Minnesota Twins…slow your roll…because this season just got started.
To date we have only seen Justin Verlander twice. He is 1-1 with a 2.19 ERA, and has 11 strikeouts. He dominated the Twins in the season opener, but yesterday he went 7 and a third and gave up 11 hits and three earned runs. It has been a long time since a Tigers opponent hit JV that hard at ComericaPark. We have seen Justin struggle early in the season, and early in games. His main struggles against the New York Yankees came in the first two innings Sunday.
We have seen reliever Drew Smyly twice as well and we have seen the bad Drew in Minnesota and the awesome Drew during the home opener. Drew went four innings that day and struck out five and this kid is unreal against the Yankees…going back to the 2012 post season.
How good has Austin Jackson been so far in 2013? Well Austin is hitting .375 with 9 hits, and five walks. He is being table setter that this offense needs and so far in 2013.
Once again it looks like this team will be better at home then they will be on the road. Prince Fielder was pretty cold in the Minnesota series, but came alive back at the Copa. We will definitely need to follow this trend. As it stands right now they are 1-2 on the road 2-1 at home.
The bullpen is/can be/probably will be an issue until a move is made…and no we here at DS360 do not count signing Jose “the big potato” Valverde as the move that will fix the bullpen issues.