In the American League Central one thing is clear: you’re only as good as the sum of your parts, and the Detroit Tigers are as good as anyone in baseball. Their lineup features the best hitter in baseball (Miguel Cabrera), the last two American League Cy Young award winners (Justin Verlander and Max Scherzer), and the last three American League MVP award winners (Justin Verlander (2011), Cabrera (2012 and 2013). They traded for Ian Kinsler, get Victor Martinez for another full season, and their bullpen now features Joe Nathan who has 80 saves in 86 opportunities (93%) the last two years. They are the only team in this division who boast those kinds of parts all around.
Over the next few weeks I’ll be putting out quite a few lists before my divisional breakdowns and team reports.
The definition of a “breakout performance” can vary from person-to-person but the general idea is always the same: that player who takes the next step from potential star to household name. (more…)
I’m not going to get all sentimental on you and say how great it was to see Ray Lewis cap his Hall of Fame career with a Super Bowl victory. It was a great moment, I admire the guy for what he does on the field wand leaving the judgement part to those who are supposed to do it. (more…)
It isn’t often I am legitimately confused by a columnist or writers point of view. (more…)