DETROIT -- Detroit Tigers relief pitcher Drew Smyly probably wouldve made a great fireman or tightrope walker.
His focus under duress also would come in handy as a Secret Service agent or high-rise window washer.
Hes as cool a customer as Ive ever seen, Tigers pitching coach Jeff Jones said.
Smyly faces the best hitters opponents have to offer, but the fans waiting in line for hot dogs seem more rattled. He quickly looks in for the catchers sign and throws as if theres nothing to it -- like hes lobbing stones into a lake.
Ive always been that way -- laid-back and nonchalant, Smyly said. I have plenty of emotion on the inside, but I just dont show it.
He just keeps taking the baseball from Tigers manager Jim Leyland and puts out the fire or keeps one from starting.
Smyly, 24, and closer Joaquin Benoit have been the lone constants in Detroits bullpen.
Its Smylys job to get the lead to Benoit, and Smylys seldom failed. He's 4-0 with a 1.91 ERA.
With 56 23 innings logged, hes ...