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The 2008 Detroit Tigers


Pedro Cerrano

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Where does this team rank on the all-time scale of most disappointing performances? They've had injuries, sure, but guys like Verlander have just absolutely crapped the bed this year.

This team came in, I believe, the favorite to win the World Series (them or the Red Sox) and just never clicked.

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Since May 17, when they broke a five-game losing streak (losing 11 of their previous 13), they have gone 51-46, a .526 winning percentage.

If they played that way all year, they would have 73 wins right now, and only be four games out in the Central. Cabrera has had a really nice year, and Granderson is probably better than last year after missing the time he did early on. And who the hell is Armando Galarraga? :laughlol:

It will be interesting to see how they look next year. They could be a "surprise" team after this season.

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Since May 17, when they broke a five-game losing streak (losing 11 of their previous 13), they have gone 51-46, a .526 winning percentage.

If they played that way all year, they would have 73 wins right now, and only be four games out in the Central. Cabrera has had a really nice year, and Granderson is probably better than last year after missing the time he did early on. And who the hell is Armando Galarraga? :laughlol:

It will be interesting to see how they look next year. They could be a "surprise" team after this season.

But even if the had played like that all year there would still not be close to living up to expectations. I think most people thought they were going to walk away with the Central and win 100 games. They just haven't got the kind of seasons out of Magglio and Sheffield that people expected. Plus, Willis can't get out of A ball.

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But even if the had played like that all year there would still not be close to living up to expectations. I think most people thought they were going to walk away with the Central and win 100 games. They just haven't got the kind of seasons out of Magglio and Sheffield that people expected. Plus, Willis can't get out of A ball.

So true sir. Everybody and their brother were picking the Tigers to run away with the central. A story as big as that one was the Twins. They were on no ones radar to win the Central or even to come in 2nd.

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I think anyone would want to sign mcab to the contract they did he is a monster and will be for years and years. I don't know how much extra theythrew in for Dontrell but that set of players was a mistake to add. He has looked not the same for a few years now. Who knows though they have a chance for the next three years to hit lighting in a bottle I dont think it was this year or bust unless injury plagues them.

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Since May 17, when they broke a five-game losing streak (losing 11 of their previous 13), they have gone 51-46, a .526 winning percentage.

If they played that way all year, they would have 73 wins right now, and only be four games out in the Central. Cabrera has had a really nice year, and Granderson is probably better than last year after missing the time he did early on. And who the hell is Armando Galarraga? :laughlol:

It will be interesting to see how they look next year. They could be a "surprise" team after this season.

If you're going to play the "since this date game"....On July 25th they were 52-49 and one out away from closing to within 4 1/2 games of first place. They never got that third out, Todd Jones gave up a 2 run homer to Jermaine Dye and at that point the Tigers officially quit on the 2008 season. They've gone 15-25 (.375) since then. Cabrera and Granderson are good pieces but this is an old team that traded away their farm system and is loaded with terrible contracts (Sheffield, Willis, Robertson, Inge). They could definitely bounce back because they their owner is willing to spend but they have huge holes to fill in their bullpen (KRod?), rotation, short and left. I also have to question whether at this point they've totally tuned out Leyland.

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The problem with the Tigers is that they sacrificed their future by trading for players they thought would take them to the world series in 2008 and 2009.

Essentially they gave up Miller and Maybin for Cabrera (maybe Willis). I think that is a very good trade considering Cabrera's age.

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