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Signs of the apocalypse; fans feel the first stirrings of panic

For Tigers fans, there are very specific events that might signify a coming apocalypse.  Inge batting above .250, Scherzer pitching with control for two consecutive starts ( . . . can you tell I’m watching the game right now?), etc.  I don’t know if any of you noticed, because he doesn’t belong to us anymore, but something happened this weekend that makes me think we may not have much time left.

Fernando Rodney has a win and a save this season for the Rays.  Already.  In fact, he got a save yesterday on one pitch.

I know, right?  I really have nothing else to say about it.  Just thought you all might want to be aware.

In other news, while our bats have proven as magnificent as we could have hoped (get it together, Brennan), the pitchers are responsible for the first stirrings of panic in our hearts.  I’m not talking about the 37 pitches Scherzer just took to get through one inning, either.  Fister is the first regular season DL victim, which I declared The Worst Thing yesterday, proving that I am not immune to the hysteria.  For those of us freaking out, Jim Leyland offered these comforting words:

“[Brayan] Villarreal has joined the team and we will have a starter at the appropriate time. Who it is, I have no clue. None.” (MLB.com)

I thought it was obvious that Below would be the starter, especially since Below pitched well above my expectations when he took over for Fister and thus can be on the same rest schedule as Fister, and Smyly would be pulled up as scheduled.  However, this also happened yesterday

Smyly- 1.2 innings, 3 hits, 3 runs, 3 ER, 2 BB, 1 SO

Ladies and gentlemen, your fifth starter!


they must be anxious for spring at MLB.com

Because nothing else can explain the horribleness of this headline:

“Southpaw no longer Below the radar”

I clicked on the headline thinking “There’s absolutely no way this is actually an article about Duane Below”, but there it was.  Sometimes journalists come up with truly clever headlines, and sometimes this happens.  I can only imagine that, as the off-season winds down and we can smell pitcher and catcher report, they must be getting punchy over at MLB.com.

All kidding aside, it was a good article, and I’ll definitely be watching for Below at spring training.  I’ve gotten used to the revolving 5th spot in the rotation, and honestly, I don’t think it can get worse than a 5.30 ERA and 1.563 WHIP (…Penny).

And now I’ve surely jinxed the rotation.  Well done, me.