When last I wrote about the Tigers, I argued the team still had a chance despite their rotten post-All-Star Break performance. They did.
Of course, in order to be in the AL Central race one month later, they had to win. They didn’t.
So, here we are waiting out the rest of the season, wondering who the Yankees will beat to win the World Series and managing our fantasy football lineups. In other words, there ain’t much to look forward to.
As overpaid professionals, though, the Tigers can’t just hang up their jock straps just yet. The goal should be simple: Finish .500.
And prepare for rebuilding after the Maggs, Inge and Bonderman era ends.
The new team will use Verlander and Miggy as cornerstones. The rest of the roster, we’ve actually got pretty familiar with: The Tigs are tops in the majors for rookie plate appearances this season at just about 2,000.
So, just because they’re rebuilding doesn’t mean they’re destined to suck. Increasingly familiar names like Jackson, Boesch, Wells and Rhymes all carry plenty of promise.
As disappointing as Sunday’s nationally televised game was in the late innings, the Tigers still managed a sweep against bitter rivals — with no help from Miggy, at that. Consider these next couple weeks as fall ball in preparation for next season, and you’re bound to find some shine on this lackluster summer.
And, hey, may as well start the conversation now: Any bold predictions for the Tigers’ offseason?
About the Author
Written by Shane Liebler
Detroit native, Syracuse enthusiast, St. Bonaventure graduate, former reporter, higher editor @ SUNY Oswego.