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Im driving on a fairly major thoroughfare in Detroit last week and the cars in front of me slow down. As we proceed, I see a very large, almost frighteningly so, box turtle having just started to make his (or her I mean, who really knows box turtle genders, other than other box turtles?) way across this street.
The thought was immediate: Man, thats confidence -- or, hesheit didnt know any better.
And as the Tigers begin the back nine this weekend in Baltimore, that turtles journey seems to fit. Have some confidence and ignore all the noise and traffic that goes on around you. And dont stop.
The timing of the current winning streak, five straight victories just before the break, couldnt have been any better. No team had a more productive stretch just before the All-Star Game. There havent been this many four-day smiles since the release of 50 Shades of Grey.
The season has gone from head-scratcher to headache to head tilt, as in maybe, just maybe.
Until fairly recently, in light of expectations, they were playing very disappointing baseball. More Luis Pujols than Albert Pujols.
Remember the giggly giddiness at the start of the year? I mean, really, who SAYS you cant win em all?
We were so young and impressionable then.
Thats whats made the long slog up to .500 seem like the first half-hour of "The Hunger Games." Geez, when are we going to get to the good stuff?
Perhaps were there.
The Tigers are helped by playing in a division that shares the life philosophy of the E-Trade baby: You win some, you lose some. As the game reconvenes, its a scrum at the top of the division.
The White Sox lead by 3 games over the Indians and 3 12 over Detroit. One stretch of goodness or badness can completely flip the American League Central on its head.
These next four series will provide breathless drama. At Baltimore, home to the Angels and White Sox and then at Cleveland. Xanax sales might be brisk.
You dont have to be Ernie Banks to know about the keys to the second half of the season. Tyra Banks can rattle these off:
More production from Delmon Young, Brennan Boesch and Alex Avila, and the typical second half for Ryan Raburn. And wed like to see this years Doug Fister approximate last years version. It will be a nice problem to have to figure out where Andy Dirks will slide into the equation once he gets healthy, but his return is not expected for some time.
Jim Leyland regularly says, Ive got no idea how its going to turn out. Lets see.
Strangely, that same reasoning was in the turtles head. And maybe the Tigers will end up flattened on the road, but until the next steps are taken, no one will ever know.
As hesheit and all turtles everywhere will tell you, Its never how you start. Its all about the finish.
And were only to the middle of the road.
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45-42, 3rd place, 3.5 games back.
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Table of Contents
Here’s the table of contents for today’s edition of Daily Notes.
1. Featured Game: Detroit at Baltimore, 16:05 ET
2. Other Notable Games (Including MLB.TV Free Game)
3. Today’s Complete Schedule
Featured Game: Detroit at Baltimore, 16:05 ET
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Brennan Boesh had two RBIs for the Tigers, who moved three games over .500 (45-42) for the first time since April 24, when they were 10-7.
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