25 Random Thoughts on Baseball

Is it just me, or:

• Are the Giants looking smarter each day for locking up Matt Cain long-term and waiting on Tim Lincecum until after 2013?

• Are some “national” baseball writers (HINT: rhymes with Hon Jeyman) embarrassingly out of touch? Cain is finally out of Lincecum’s shadow? I guess Cain’s 2010 postseason – you know, where he went undefeated with a 0.00 ERA and 0.94 WHIP — wasn’t noteworthy enough.

• Is this a bizarre season?

Wednesday night alone, you had Cain’s perfect game, a broken-bat home run by the Orioles’ Chris Davis and another by Todd Frazier in Cincinnati where the bat slipped out of his hands and he still hit it out. Another Year of the Pitcher or is the ball juiced? Continue reading

Detroit Tigers Getting Healthy, Poised to Make a Run

The Detroit Tigers’ bats have woken up and the team now looks poised to make a run to get back into the division race.  With wins over the Cincinnati Reds and Chicago Cubs, the Tigers finally won two consecutive series for the first time since winning the first two series of the season.

Although key parts of the starting pitching staff continue to struggle, the Tigers were finally able to find ways to grind out wins and finished their six game road trip 4-2.  Center fielder Austin Jackson returned from injury and has continued to play at an All-Star level.  He tallied two home runs and eight RBI during the five games he played during the road trip and made several great defensive plays that Tigers fans are becoming accustom to.

The Tigers also finally got key contributions from Brennan Boesch.

Boesch hit .500 during the last six games with two homers.  If the Tigers want to continue their recent success, they’ll need Jackson and Boesch to compliment sluggers Miguel Cabrera and Prince Fielder. Continue reading