Yes, the Tigers have some lumber, but did you check out their infield ? This could very be their achilles heel with Former catcher, former three bagger at second, the on the wagon slugger at third and Fielder over at 1st base. Not sure and have not checked if this is their regular lineup but they really sucked. They couldn't field the bunt or cleanly field normal plays in situational defense. Yes they will club some teams to death, but in the post season, this bad defense will raise it's ugly head.
And what about Fielder ? Did you watch him with all thise Little League moves at first ? The starter for Detroit was soft tossing to keep the runner honest and the runner was in under the throw early and Fielder would hold the ball, wait, put the tag on hime while on the base. He also tried the "what happened to the ball thing" by turning and looking towards the stands. Catch the ball and hold it. Fake like you tossed to back to the pitcher. It was comical. That stuff doesn't work in Little League either. One more thing. He throws like a girl.
Kevin and the Go2Guy on KIRO radio 710 (weekdays 3-7pm) have joked that they are printing up some free Jaso T-Shirts. If they are serious, I'd get one.
What of Smoak ? Yes he's banged up, but with a good one, will he ever see the breaking ball ~ Change coming ?
Saunders and Liddi looked great along with Seager and Ichiro. Ichiro is fine where he is (3rd).
Mariner Central Adopt-A-Players
at Clinton LumberKings: 0-1, 4 GS, 21.1 in, 20 H, 9 r, 6 er, 4 bb, 14 k, as of 5/15
at Tacoma Rainiers 28 g, 109 ab's 19 r, 25 h, 8 2b, 2 3b, 6 hr, 31 rbi, 55 tb, 10 bb, 38 k, (.229/.304/.505/.839) as of 5/15
at Clinton LumberKings 30 g, 98 ab, 13 r, 17 h, 7 2b, 1 hr, 9 rbi, 27 tb, 13 bb, 16 k, (.173/.277/.276/.552) as of 5/15
Luis Liberato - probably DSL
Johan Limonta now with York of the Indy League
Greg Halman RIP
Tom Wilhelmsen now closing for the big club
King 5 Weather @ Safeco Field