But I'm not sold, especially after they dropped their opening game today against the Royals, 5-4 in 11 innings. Cabrera hit a home run, as did Carlos Guillen (who has found a new home at first base), and Jason Verlander was strong for six innings, but the glaring weakness of this team is the bullpen, and the Royals, not exactly the '27 Yankees, exploited it.
The Tigers had a shaky bullpen to begin with, but injuries have shelved Joel Zumaya and Fernando Rodney and Todd Jones is old (to his credit, he pitched today and sat down the side in order in his one inning). But Jason Grilli? Aquilino Lopez? Bobby Seay? Danny Bautista? Forgive me if I'm not convinced. As I mentioned to my father yesterday (he's been a Tiger fan for close to sixty years), "No lead is safe."
It's a long season, though, and it's easy to be discouraged after one game, but this team will slug its way to a fair share of victories. But the Indians will be a tough team to beat, and the pitching will have to improve to win the division.
Ah yes, it's the start of another baseball season.