Consider this the calm before the storm. The NFL Draft is over, the Detroit Red Wings are out of the playoffs and the Detroit Tigers are the only big-time show in town for the next several months.
But the Wings are waiting to hear from Mike Babcock, with free agency and the draft looming in the not-too-distant future. Meanwhile, the Detroit Pistons will find out their lottery fate next week, then head into the draft/free-agency period themselves. The Lions recently held their rookie mini-camp, and those Tigers are battling both the Royals and Twins for the AL Central’s top spot.
We cover some ground in this week’s TDSS Roundtable:
1. Did the weekend series loss to Kansas City cause you to lose any confidence in the Tigers’ chances this season? If so, what is your biggest concern?
Andrew Tomlinson: I don’t think it caused me to lose confidence, but solely because I had very low confidence before hand. It is hard to handicap what this team is right now because it started off so hot. Everything clicked, the pitching, the hitting and the bullpen all were on fire. Then they all fell apart at the same time though too.
Now as they inch probably closer to their mean, what is this team really? You have to think the offense is the no. 1 concern, though. Yoenis Cespdes isn’t driving in runs, Miggy doesn’t have a night-time homer, Ian Kinsler has no homers, J.D. Martinez is a shell of what he was last year and Nick Castellanos looks like he is ripe for a head-clearing stint in the minors. If they can’t get this offense turned around they will not be competitive for much longer.