Overall, Cabrera’s not as bad as a lot of the cynics may think – ‘good, not great’ Leyland puts it nicely. Truthfully, I think he’s a pretty capable third-baseman, but he needs far more support to his left. It’s really the same thing both ways. I think independently, Cabrera and Peralta could both be passable every-day fielders for a championship team, but you might need some remnant of a Vizquel or Brooks Robinson to provide the support.
And who wants to play second base?
Meanwhile, the temporary loss of Doug Fister has made the rotation look a lot worse than it really should be. Fister was unbelievable after the trade last year, posting an 8-1 record with a 1.79 ERA for the Tigers, but if his costochondral pain (yes it’s a real thing) continues to linger, the Tigers are desperately going to need either Max Scherzer or Rick Porcello to start finding some consistency on the mount. We’ve seen plenty of flashes from both players, but with 8.24 and 6.45 ERAs respectively to start the year, it looks like they may be getting back on track with their consistently inconsistent ways.
Is it too early to write the Tigers in as an underachiever this season? Of course it is. But if they are to get themselves back on track for a world series bid, they’re going to need those key players to really start contributing: Young, Peralta, Scherzer and Porcello, most importantly.
This weekend’s three game series in New York could send one of the more talented teams in the American League under .500 on the season and with the Yankees recent loss of their biggest offseason acquisition for the year, they’d like to avoid another series loss just as much as Detroit. But they’ll have their work cut out for them tonight, because when Verlander takes the mound, we know that the Tigers are as difficult to beat as any team you’ll see all year.