Man are these Tigers fans frustrated. And losses like Tuesday night's 3-2 setback at Anaheim only drive their frenzy even more. The Tigers have lost three in a row heading into the series finale Wednesday night before heading to Seattle. Their 21-31 record leaves them in last place in their division and they are on a pace to finish 65-97. No one expects them to finish with such a record, but they have been on that pace the entire spring.
Fans around here want to know why manager Jim Leyland pulled starter Jeremy Bonderman last night in the eighth inning with a shutout after he had thrown a mere 83 pitches. Bonderman didn't want to be taken out, although Leyland said later the move was "a no brainer", whatever that meant. Maybe this just this team's year, simple as that. They can't match up their hitting and pitching at the same time. They've pitched well the last three games and hit poorly.
They have some horrible contracts to deal with, the most notably Garry Sheffield, who gets a guaranteed $14 million this year and again next year. He is currently on the disabled list. They still don't have pitchers Dontrelle Willis, Joel Zumaya and Fernando Rodney back at full strength and without them and their talent, the rest of the bullpen is average on a good night.
And just wait until the Red Wings and Pistons end their seasons. Then the focus around here will go squarely on the Tigers with the entire summer ahead and who knows if this team has any chance of making a late run toward the pennant that was clearly a goal at the end of spring training.