Interleague Play Could Determine If the Tigers Are Contenders or Pretenders

As bad as it’s been for the Detroit Tigers so far this season, the Tigers only find themselves 5 and 1/2 games back of the Chicago White Sox for the Central Division lead after defeating the Cleveland Indians 7-5 on Thursday.  As the Tigers head to Cincinnati to start a three-game series against the Reds, the team is in desperate need of a winning streak during its next 15 games against National League opponents.

The Tigers have traditionally dominated the National League.

The team has gone 70-38 in Interleague Play since 2006, although they posted just a 7-11 record last season.  Will the team be able to use Interleague Play as a launching point to get back into the division race?  Continue reading

What Instant Replay Would Serve

Johan Santana’s no-hitter against the Cardinals last weekend has generated all sorts of discourse about instant replay, incompetent umpires and asterisks. I got into one myself with former big-leaguer @DougGlanville, Chicago sports blogger ChiTown (@ChiTownSports), and an ESPN guy named T.J. Quinn (@tjquinnespn). Glanville had written about the “imperfections” in baseball (http://ideas.time.com/2012/06/05/baseball-is-never-perfect/), and how they’re a part of baseball lore (which is 100% true).

What really caught my eye, though, was Glanville’s opposition to instant replay.

A former player against something that would hold the umpires accountable and help keep teams from getting hosed on a call? I was surprised enough to add my two cents.

ME: “I wonder if Armando Galarraga feels the same way.” Continue reading