Miguel Cabrera has sore ankles. Justin Verlander is some unrecognizable person we see in a Snickers commercial.
The Tigers cannot hit or field. Joakim Soria and Anibal Sanchez are not on the mound and half their pitching rotation wasn’t even worthy enough for Toledo. But some way, some how the stumbling Tigers remain in the race for the American League Central crown.
It is a three-horse race as Kansas City clings barely to the top spot while Cleveland makes a late run. Normally I jump up and down for pennant races. They are fun and one of the more exciting experiences in sports. However, this is not the real Tigers team.
They are a shell of their former selves and this is a team that will never be whole again. The disappointment will come during the regular season or during the playoffs. It is doubtful that this championship or bust bandwagon will parade down Woodward during a wild celebration downtown.
Oh wait. There is no Woodward thanks to construction of the M-1 rail system.
There is no time table for Soria to return. Sanchez might not return and we may never see the same JV.
And here comes Cleveland steaming along while the Tigers stumble along.