Monday, May 3, 2010
Tooting My Own Horn
Granted, it is only May (in the D). But, as Jim Leyland would say, I’m quite “tickled” that I have been right about so many things thus far, while most other people have been wrong. It’s not all doodie jokes and Don Kelly insults around here, boys and girls. I’m a friggin’ genius. Take a look.
The Grandy/AJax/EJax/Coke/etc Trade
MY REACTION: I liked the trade. See? Pretty sure I was alone there.
EVERYONE ELSE’S REACTION: Noooooooooo! Curtis was the bestest Tiger ever! Jackson isn’t ready for the majors! Phil Coke sucks! Edwin is awesome! Max who? Fire Dombrowski…no, DUMBrowski!
Curtis Granderson: .225 Avg, 2 HR, 7 RBI, 89 OPS+, on DL for around a month with a groin ouchie.
Edwin Jackson: 1-2, 6.67 ERA, 70 ERA+, 1.59 WHIP
Austin Jackson: .356 Avg, 1 HR, 7 RBI, 140 OPS+, league leader in hits.
Max Scherzer: 1-1, 4.23 ERA, 102 ERA+, 1.37 WHIP
Phil Coke: 3-0, 1.93 ERA, 227 ERA+
Daniel Schlereth (AAA): 0-1, 1.46 ERA, 12.1 IP, 15 K
VERDICT: So far, we are the clear winner in this trade. So what if AJax strikes out a lot? He’s just a kid and if 20 of those K’s were pop outs, who cares? He’s beating the crap out of the ball. Coke's been solid. Schlereth's on his way. Too bad Max has inherited Edwin’s run support luck with us, though.
Magglio Ordonez Returns to Form
MY REACTION: Several times in the past few months, I have noted that Ordonez’s poor start last year had more to do with his personal issues with his wife’s health than his skills being eroded.
EVERYONE ELSE’S REACTION: He’s overpaid and he’s done. Don’t let him get the at bats to trigger the 2011 contract, Jim! Play Clete more!
.293 Avg, 4 HR, 18 RBI, 137 OPS+
VERDICT: Magglio isn’t quite done yet, kids.
The Johnny Damon Signing
MY REACTION: Damon was my top choice for a free agent hitter on 1/29. On 2/12 I made my case for Damon to be a Tiger.
EVERYONE ELSE’S REACTION: He costs too much money! He sucks on defense! He only hit because of that Yankee lineup! He’s greedy and a traitor! Blah, blah, blah…
.344 Avg, 1 HR, 13 RBI, .439 OBP, 155 OPS+
VERDICT: Johnny Damon has been all sorts of awesome as a Tiger so far. He even has two assists in the outfield already. Eat it.
The Jose Valverde Signing
MY REACTION: I was ecstatic. See here.
EVERYONE ELSE’S REACTION: What the hell? Fire Dombrowski! He’s a waste of money! He’s coming from the NL to the AL…he’s gonna suck! He blew a save…FERNANDO ONLY BLEW ONE! The sky is falling! Waaaaaaah…
0-1, 0.75 ERA, 7 SV, 586 ERA+, 1 ER in 12 IP.
VERDICT: Jose Valverde is the best closer the Tigers have had since Willie Hernandez in 1984.
Justin Verlander’s 2010 Start
MY REACTION: From the other day, “Verlander struggled through April last year, too. He’s going to be fine.”
EVERYONE ELSE’S REACTION: What’s wrong with Verlander? Oh my gawd!
May 1st: 8.1 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, 7 K
VERDICT: April’s over. He’s God again.
Miguel Cabrera’s Off Field Problems
MY REACTION: From 1/5/10, “Let it go, people. Miguel Cabrera is a once in a lifetime franchise player.”
EVERYONE ELSE’S REACTION: How could he do this to us? Trade him! He doesn’t care about baseball! That drunk!
.343 Avg, 5 HR, 26 RBI, 176 OPS+, league leader in RBI, doubles, and intentional walks.
I rest on your face. I’m always right. Learn to love it.
Yeah, it’s early. Bite me. I’m enjoying this season so far. And start paying attention, dammit! In between the bad jokes and run-on sentences, you might actually learn something around here. Ha...