Tennessee is not recruiting well just because they got 18 dudes
So, I've been a season ticket holder for the Tigers for 3 seasons now, and this will be the first time I will actually be able to use my opening day tickets. I was looking for some advice from the board on where the good spots are downtown before the game. I plan on rolling downtown around 7:00 am and beginning my festivus day of drinking and baseball.. Any advice would be appreciated.
An hour long documentary of the craziness that took place during game 162 of the 2011 MLB season is on right now and so far it is awesome.
A great way to get ready for my favorite day of the year - Opening Day.
It was announced this morning that LHP Drew Smyly won the fifth spot in the Tigers rotation. He had to beat out through the spring top prospect Jacob Turner, as well as fellow left handers Andy Oliver, Casey Crosby and Duane Below. He was considered the dark horse to get the job because last year was his first full year of Pro ball.
His combined numbers from A+ and AA minor leagues last year:
11-6 2.07 era, 126 IP, 36 BB, 130 K's, 1.103 WHIP.
Pretty impressive numbers, but take with a grain of salt because it was still lower minor leagues he was pitching in. Lets hope he is ready for the Bigs and the organization isn't rushing him like they have done to some other pitchers in recent history.
He will make a start in Triple-A Toledo for the Mudhens on the 7th and then be called up to face the Tampa Bay Rays on the 12th. It was also announced that Luis Marte won the final spot in the bullpen. Opening Day is this Thursday the Tigers take on the Redsox at Comerica. For those of you who are non-baseball fans, just look at it like this, the next "opening day" will be the football season and then everyone can be happy again.
"By the time you add shredded cheese, chili, sautéed onions and fries, the entire plate could weigh two pounds."
I think I could maybe eat a whole one without toppings, probably not more than half when fully loaded. How about other MGoBloggers out there?
My fantasy baseball league just had our draft over the weekend, and we're just a couple weeks away from Opening Day, so I'm starting to get into baseball mode. So, I want to know who you think are 10 rookies who have a good shot at contributing at a high level this season. This is partly just a fun thing, and partly because I don't know much about rookies outside of the Tigers' or Reds' organizations. The only condition I'll set is that, if they aren't already on the ML roster, they must be projected to be in the Majors by the All-Star break. And they must have rookie status, of course (for a definition of that, click here). Here's my list:
1. Matt Moore, SP, Tampa Bay Rays
2. Jesus Montero, C, Seattle Mariners
3. Desmond Jennings, OF, Tampa Bay Rays
4. Addison Reed, RP, Chicago White Sox
5. Zack Cozart, SS, Cincinnati Reds
6. Devin Mesoraco, C, Cincinnati Reds
7. Mike Trout, OF, LA Angels
8. Andy Oliver, SP, Detroit Tigers
9. Yonder Alonso, 1B, San Diego Padres
10. Yoenis Cespedes, OF, Oakland Athletics
Those last few are stretches, since I really don't know much about 10 rookies. I'm saying Oliver based on the assumption that he gets the #5 spot in the Tigers' rotation, since he's had a pretty good Spring. Alonso is based solely on the fact that he'll be starting for San Diego and he's supposed to be a good hitter. And Cespedes is based solely on the hype surrounding him (and the fact that I picked him up with my last draft pick, so I'm hoping that he turns into a star and makes me look good).