Thursday, April 9, 2009
Porcello: The Tigers Only Hope
The Tigers pitching is awful as I have already addressed in previous posts. There are a few reasons for hope though. Bondo will be coming back and while at this point in Bonderman's career I think its safe to say that nobody really knows what we are going to get out of him, I doubt he will be worse then Miner. If he can pitch like he pitched against the Yanks in the ALDS he will get us a lot of wins. Gallaraga is another reason for hope in that he was the only starter to have a good year last year. Edwin Jackson may also turn out to be a bright spot. All of this is not enough for the Tigers to make the playoffs by itself.
As Brandon Lyon illustrated in game two of the season, our bullpen is going to blow some games for us. That being the case, are starters need to give them as many leads as possible to play with. Which brings me to the subject of this post, Rick Porcello. Porcello needs to have a Verlander type rookie seeason for the Tigers to be relevant this season. Without him I do not see them being a factor in the fall. Unfortunately once Bonderman is healthy he may get the boot in favor of keeping Miner in the rotation. This would effectively end the Tigers season. So please Jim Leyland, do not end are season, keep Porcello in the rotation.