It’s not panic time yet

            The Tigers are not out of it.  In fact if you look at the standings, they are right in the thick of it.  If the playoffs started today, they would be in with the wild card.  No one needs to panic yet.  We are just now hitting June, and this is when the baseball season really starts to heat up. 

            The Tigers are 3-7 in their last ten games, and now 3.5 games behind the Indians in the best division in baseball.  The White Sox are slowly creeping up the standings, despite having the most anemic offense in the major’s through May.  The Twins are playing great baseball, and we all now how they perform in the second half of the year.  Even the Royals were playing good baseball until their recent losing streak.  For the Tigers to be where they’re at right now at this point in the season is a testimony to a great manager and an overall great team. 

            The Tigers have been without their number 1 starter, Kenny Rogers, all season, and he is hoping to come back by mid-July.  The number two starter, Jeremy Bonderman, missed a chunk of the season with a blister on his throwing hand.  Mike Maroth missed a start because of the flu.  Fireballer Joel Zumaya hasn’t pitched since the first day of May.  Jose Mesa hasn’t been nearly what Mr. Dombrowski thought he would be when he brought him in.  Fernando Rodney is nursing an injury on the DL.  Carlos Guillen and Brandon Inge are on the bench for a couple more days with an injury.  The relievers are all crazy tired because the starters can’t get out of the 6th inning lately.

            Those are all legitimate reasons for the Tiger’s to fold, but they are still in perfect position to make the playoffs.  With a split this weekend in Cleveland and a good series against the Rangers, the Tigers will have the confidence and swagger back that they need to go up against two of the top teams in the NL in the Mets and the Brew Crew.

            So please Tiger fans, don’t jump off the bandwagon quite yet, it’s still just June, and this is when I feel the Tiger’s turn it on, and take the lead in the division by the first of July.