View Full Version : WHich Team is the Story of the Season so far..?

05-19-2006, 03:12 PM
EDIT: Clearly, most of this topic is covered in Fenway's thread. D'Oh!

Now, clearly, I'm as Totally Biased as the next guy, but I have to say that I think that the Story of the Season So Far is NOT the Sox.

I DO think that it's in the AL Central...

IMO it's Detroit.


Well, we're coming off the back of winning some minor bauble last Fall, and have a team that even the mainstream media now acknowledges as darned good (even if they don't all cover it as 'avidly' as they do certain other teams), so we are EXPECTED to do well.

Whilst one could argue that the relative failure (so far) of Cleveland is newsworthy (except that they ALWAYS do poorly in the first few weeks of the season) because the media thought they'd be our No. 1 challenger this year, I think that Detroit is more newsworthy.

Because, whilst everyone thought that Leyland would improve the ballclub, who honestly thought it would be by this much?
They have the best record in baseball.

Now, OK, we are only about 1/4 way through a 162-game marathon, and they are yet to play the 'big boys', but even so, I say well done to them so far.

Now, let's go out and beat up on them for the rest of the year.

What does everyone else think?

05-19-2006, 03:20 PM

05-19-2006, 03:43 PM

Brilliant analysis, batman, but....

Try to get to the point quicker, next time. I mean you don't need to be so wordy.

Erik The Red
05-19-2006, 04:14 PM
I think our head-to-head matchups with the Kittens will be their undoing.

Lip Man 1
05-19-2006, 06:11 PM
Detroit period.

Cincinnati is also a nice story.....perhaps they can actually beat the Tigers this weekend.


05-19-2006, 08:46 PM
I think our head-to-head matchups with the Kittens will be their undoing.I agree we will be Detroit's undoing, just as they were ours in 2003. (How many 1-0 games did Loaiza lose to them that year?)

Lip Man 1
05-19-2006, 09:24 PM
Loaiza lost two games by 1-0 scores which cost him the Cy Young. The Sox lost nine games to that God awful bunch which cost them the divisional title.


05-19-2006, 10:15 PM
Detroit, hands down.

Story of the Season 1A is the fact that the two best teams in baseball are (1) in the same division, and (2) it's the AL Central, which was formerly a laughingstock. It's as if the Cardinals and 49ers went out and started the season 9-0.

05-20-2006, 02:50 AM
its the Marlins they really suck!@

05-20-2006, 10:56 AM
I know the NL West blows, but Colorado is having a nice season so far...

05-20-2006, 05:45 PM
I agree we will be Detroit's undoing, just as they were ours in 2003. (How many 1-0 games did Loaiza lose to them that year?)

We can't undo Detroit this year like they did in 03 to us because they sucked in 03. Last time I checked, we don't suck.

05-21-2006, 09:59 PM
I'm going to go with the rockies too, because of Brad Hawpe

05-22-2006, 09:40 AM
I said Cincy in the Fenway thread, but they've faded a little since then. Detroit has either helped bring the Reds back to earth or maybe they're just better than everybody thought they'd be. So I'll say the Tigers, although the Sox will have something to say about that in two weeks.

Honorable mention: Reds, Mets, Rocks, D-Backs.

Biggest disappointments: Indians, Angels. Hard to believe the Angels have the second-worst record in the league. :o:

05-22-2006, 10:07 AM
Biggest disappointments: Indians, Angels. Hard to believe the Angels have the second-worst record in the league. :o:

The Indjans pitching staff, both starting and bullpen, and defense isn't good enough to carry the team when they don't score a plethora of runs. Replacing a millwood-elarton with byrd-johnson was foolhardy to begin with.

As for the Halos, I think they're still hung over from the LCS. They just don't look like an inspired team at all. They can't seem to make up their mind as to whether they want to play their prospects either. Kendrick and Mathis came up, then got sent right back down when they struggled, McPherson has been injured, Kotchman started brutally, Weaver's been a gascan, Vlad has no protection.....so many problems, so few answers.

05-22-2006, 05:59 PM
We all know Detroit has been the best team so far, but eventually that will slow down. How much better can tey get? They've won 9 of their last 10.

As for the sox, they will catch up and pass them by a good 3 or 4 games in a few weeks because we all know they havnt been playing their best (for the serieses(pl.) before the cubs) and are still only one game behind.

Detroit has an easy series against the Royals next, but i think the Twins will realize that they can't just be the average .500 team and have even the smallest chance in winning the AL Central. They will have to pick it up before they get pushed farther and farther away from winning, like last year when the sox and indians dominated the division. Then the Tigers will have a tough time against New York and Boston, all while the sox will be doing great with a five game winning streak going into an important series at home with Detroit.

Sox will take 2 of 3 in that series

(how do you say "series" in plural)

05-24-2006, 06:13 PM
I like the Tigers team. And I'm not so sure they will fold against the Yankees and Boston, since neither of them have great pitching staffs.

Plus, pitching staffs that have been as tough to hit as this group has so far generally do not just drift away. Especially since their park is more pitcher-friendly than ours.

Detroit has an excellent line up, a good core of starters, a decent bullpen, leads the league in HR's and lowest opponents BA, and have only allowed 11 unearned runs.

And before we get into the experience factor, this is a team with Maggs, IRod, Todd Jones, Kenny Rogers, Carlos Guillen, and Placido Polanco (not to mention Leyland and his coaches). Plus, that argument didn't work for Sox detractors last year, I don't think it does for this group either.

Though they don't have any footspeed, they have allowed, what, nine steals? That's a good way to combat that problem.

I like the Sox chances to repeat, but I'n not too quick to hand them any games against the Tigers, Jim Leyland will have them better prepared next time they face them.

While they may indeed cool off, I don't think they will too much. Besides, having them chasing will help the Sox keep their edge.