Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Cards and Tigers in major trouble before all-star break

Albert Pujols suffered a ‘strained left calf’ in the seventh inning of the Card third straight victory and will be out indefinitely. What this means is that St. Louis, tied for the second best record in the NL, will not be able to keep pace with the red-hot Cubs. A .591 winning percentage that would give them a sizeable lead in NL West or tied for first in the East, is only good enough for second in the toughest division in baseball this year. Without Albert the Cards can not hope to keep pace and my find themselves out of the race for the pennant and had better focus on the wild card.

Another disparate situation on the AL side is the Detroit Tigers who already find themselves ten games back of the division leader and struggling just to stay there. The Dontrel Willis trade has officially blown up in their face. The 29 million dollar debacle where they traded pitchers from their farm system who already have more MLB wins this year (4) than the D-train. Now the highest paid A pitcher in history, Willis was sent down to “reconstruct” his physical and mental game. Meanwhile Cabrera(.278) has not materialized as the dominating hitter to accompany Ordonez and where has pudge(.250) disappeared to? Add these factors up and the sum is a last place team with a payroll of a contender, but a management team on the chopping block.

2 comments:

det2948iger said...

The Tigers were in the championship series last year. That in itself was such a surprise that the fans are probably still giddy from that. They'll forgive their team. I do agree that the Willis trade was a major screw up... reconstruct my butt... you get paid $29mill, you should more than have your head on straight. As for the Cards, not a big fan of theirs, so don't care.

nish1021 said...

You people are so quick to write off the Cards. Let's not forget they're still in the hunt just like all the past years, have been great in the playoffs, and have won it. Just because Pujols is out doesn't mean others won't step it up to cover his loss. It's a long season folks.

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