Tigers player/pitcher of the month
As voted on by the beat writers on the road for this trip, it’s Magglio Ordonez and Armando Galarraga. Ordonez batted .301 with seven doubles, five homers and and 19 RBIs in 28 games. Galarraga, of course, has a 2-0 record and 1.50 ERA (18 IP/3 ER) through three starts. Aquilino Lopez had a case based on what he did for the Tigers in long relief earlier in the month; he basically won that game in Chicago the night Dontrelle Willis was injured. In the end, Galarraga’s ability to step in cold and give the rotation a boost won out for me.
Agree? Disagree? Don’t care?
On a side note, it’s a dizzly, foggy, basically Seattle-like day here in downtown Minneapolis. The forecast calls for 20-30 mph winds and
1-2 inches of rain a mix of rain and possibly snow tonight. It’s the type of day where you’re glad they have a dome here, but you’re reminded that they won’t in a couple years. That could/will be a situation that emerges when the Twins move into the new ballpark. If you believe that the Tigers got off to a rough start in part because of the cold weather, how will the Twins handle it when they play the first week of a season at home? Not a criticism, just a question. That could make it good for pitchers and bad for hitters. It’s a city where you can have unseasonably warm weather in April and May, thank goodness, but it can also turn like that.