Monday, June 26, 2006
Over their last 10 games, the Tigers are 9-1. The team has followed form against weak teams -- win after win after win after win. But this past weekend brought the Cardinals, with a semi-recovered Pujols, into Detroit. The Tigers swept the series. What does that mean? It means they were as good as they seemed before. This is a legitimate first-half team. They've played consistently. They emerge from slumps quickly. Measuring the season with a broom over the Cardinals heads is an ephemeral approach. That series is a fading thing already. It's good for building some sort of momentum, but it seems unfair to judge the Tigers by a really good series. They shoud be judged by a really good 77 games. In the context of their season, sweeping the Cardinals is good. It is what this team does...at least so far.