For the most part, I don’t really want to. You don’t really want to. But we should.
The home opener, happily, turned out well. After a few innings the sun came out and the beyond sellout crowd was rewarded with a nice day and a nice win.
Then yesterday, a loss. The Tigers made Bruce Chen look like a Cy Young winner. Miguel Cabrera had been hitting over .600 off him with three home runs, but he struck out twice. Austin Jackson struck out 20 times (okay, 13 so far this year and twice in that particular game but it feels like a lot more than that). Casper Wells finally started a game and had one of the game’s five hits. Weirdly, the only Royals pitcher to give up a run was feared closer Joakim Soria.
Today. I would like you to take a look at today’s fielding line from the box score.
E: Porcello (1, pickoff), Raburn (2, throw), Inge (2, throw), Schlereth (1, pickoff).
As my friend Cath said near the end of the game, this was a loss that you’re okay with. Sort of. She said, “You screw up that badly and that often, you donâ€™t deserve to win.” I wholeheartedly agree, though I am concerned by the defense here. I mean, at some point I got up and did the dishes and started some laundry. I hate dishes and laundry, but at that moment, I preferred to do those things. It’s hard to have a ground ball pitcher like Porcello on the mound when the defense is just failing left and right. Speaking of ground balls, if you can ignore the five earned runs he gave up, Porcello had seven ground ball outs today (compared to the one in his last start) which is encouraging. I don’t know. I’m reaching. I don’t want to hate everything. At least there were three home runs (Peralta, Cabrera, and Avila).
So that’s all I’ve got right now. I’m actually a fan of Jim Leyland, and if the team keeps faltering like this he’s not going to be the skipper anymore.Â Give Austin Jackson a day off so he stops pressing. For god’s sake, stop using Brad Thomas. Ever. In general, he needs to light a fire under everyone’s asses or this season is going to be really rough.