Still don’t even know what to say anymore. I was at the Red Sox/Yankees game tonight, and tsked sadly when I saw the out-of-town scoreboard update to show that the Tigers were down 4-0 to the Royals. “Ah well,” I thought. “I know they can’t all be wins, but it’s a pity it has to be the Royals.”
Then I get home and check the box score and, lo and behold, the Tigers somehow managed to pull out yet another win.
I started laughing. What else can you say?
It’s not just that the Tigs are winning… it’s that the winning is happening in ways it has not happened to them in a long, long, long time. We just don’t win games on a two-run homer by the fat backup catcher. We don’t see the young center fielder jack a home run to tie the game at the last minute, and then win it in extras to send a standing-room-only crowd home ecstatic. We don’t win 1-0 games.
Yet! Here we are.
I don’t trust to luck, and I don’t trust in a run that seems more charmed than anything else. I want the Tigers to keep this up all year, very much so, but a little corner of my brain keeps chanting, “Wait until after the All Star break, wait until after the All Star break.” Things usually start to show some of their true colors by then, because baseball plays enough games to even out the luck, generally, and let the talent show through (something that football, by the by, is not as good at doing). But until you’ve played enough games to let things fall back to average, the team can look crazy. See: 2005, Washington Nationals.
Verlander has looked great of late, but he’s young, and I can’t help but worry that he’ll tire. The same for Zumaya and, especially after last year when I’m convinced he threw too many pitches too early in the year, the same for Bonderman. I dunno what was up with Rogers tonight, but he can’t do that again and expect to win that way. It was cute to see Zoom vulture a win for his stats, but I’d prefer to see those letters go to our starters, y’know?
Inge has been hot and cold, but when he’s hot it seems like he and Granderson are in the thick of every rally and form some sort of caped superhero 1-2 punch… er, 9-1 punch.
Maggs, Guillen, Shelton… we have hitters who are actually backing up the pitching. This is a completely novel concept for the Tigers in many ways.
So on the one paw, we have the fact that it’s early, we’re winning games with the stink of luck on them, and so on. On the other paw, we have guys who are playing really well, throwing really well, and that doesn’t seem fluke-y… after all, this team last year had us all tearing our hair out about how good it should have been, if only there hadn’t been all those injuries and all that Drama.
SO I DON’T KNOW WHAT TO THINK ABOUT THIS TEAM ANYMORE and *brain asplodey*
I’m going to enjoy the heck out of it, though. Rest assured of that.