I think it’s time for a change. But I don’t blame Jim Leyland for the Tigers’ woes. I think JL is a good manager and is doing the best he can with what he has. But the Tigers need a spark and I don’t see it coming from elsewhere.
For me, it is World Series, or bust. After 29 years, nothing but a championship will satisfy me. I guess I’m hoping the Tigers can “catch lightning in a bottle”, similar to the way the 2003 Florida Marlins did. After being in last place after 38 games, the Marlins fired manager Jeff Torborg and replaced him with 72 year-old Jack McKeon. The Marlins went on to win the World Series.
I do take exception with the way Leyland is reluctant to sit “proven” players, the way he keeps putting Martinez in the 5th spot everyday despite hitting .232 with little power, for example. But the Tigers are not struggling because of JL. They are struggling because the bullpen is borderline horrible and the offense only plays 6 innings.
Sometimes I feel like after the offense starts out well, everybody thinks, ‘I did my job this game, let someone else do it now’. Even Cabrera and Fielder don’t seem to have good at bats late in games.
I guess for all of my complaining a 5 game winning streak will probably get me back on the bandwagon.
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