The Tigers beat the Texas Rangers for the 3rd time in as many nights on Saturday,extending their American League best record to 5-0. Only the Milwaukee Brewers could match the Tigers record in all of baseball. The Tigers have started the season 5-0 for the first time since they did it way back in 1985, a year after they won it all.
The fast start is great for the Tigers, however, I still think it’s too early to proclaim the Tigers “the team to beat.” Even Tigers manager Jim Leyland doesn’t put a whole lot of stock in the 5-0 start, although he admitted that it was a good confidence builder for the team. The real test will come when the Tigers lose 3 or 4 games in a row. How will Leyland keep his players focused and confident.
How much longer can first baseman Chris Shelton continue his torrid pace? He leads the league with 5 home runs through Saturday and is hitting right around .700! On Satruday, he hit two triples! What a mistake it was for the Pittsburgh Pirates to give up on this guy. Their loss is our gain as this Rule 5 pick is turning out to be something special.