Bugs & Cranks Home
Bugs & Cranks
May 15, 2014 at 6:31 am ET
Detroit: The Regulators

Ain’t that the way it goes? No sooner does the party start heatin’ up than the cops knock at the door, breakin’ the whole thing up.

The Detroit Tigers played the role of law enforcement at Camden Yards this week, breaking up the Orioles party. The O’s had peeled off five straight wins, including a sweep at Tampa Bay and two of three against Houston at home. But after losing the last game of the Houston series, the ballpark had a weird mojo, a kind of stink like somebody left the refrigerator door open and the potato salad went bad.

Because by the time the Tigers got to Baltimore, the fun was long over.

Let’s just face the facts: The Orioles are good. The Tigers are better. Not a whole lot better. But just enough to make O’s fans mad.

Monday night, after the Tigers blew open a nailbiter of a ballgame, O’s starter Bud Norris threw a 93-mph fastball right into Torii Hunter’s ribs. Hunter thought it was fishy and had some words with Norris and the benches emptied. Nobody threw any punches, but the Orioles wanted to. Hunter was the angry drunk stranger at the bar who starts a fight with the regular everybody loves.

That incident served as tidy metaphor for the whole series. The talented kid went toe-to-toe with the big, bad bruiser. But the bruiser isn’t called the bruiser for nothing. By the end of the series, Detroit took all three and left town without paying their hotel bill.

Smitty, you don’t know that.

No, I don’t. But that’s the vibe they left behind. Wednesday afternoon, on the way to sweeping the series, the Tigers held a 6-0 lead as Justin Verlander whizzed a fastball behind the O’s Nelson Cruz. Next thing you know, Baltimore was awake, scoring five runs off Verlander the next inning, including a Cruz homer. But the Tigers hung on for a 7-5 win and¬†the whole town watched as the gunslinger rode out of town, nice and slow.

Come on, smitty! You’re all over the place. Cops at a party, spoiled potato salad, a barroom fight and a cowboy movie.¬†

Sure, it’s a little sloppy. But I’m making a point. The Orioles might be in first place in the American League East. And the east might be beating up on itself, with the whole division hanging near .500. And Oakland’s enjoying a nice solid start to 2014. But Detroit is the dominator. They’re the team you’re going to have to knock off if you think you’re good enough to win the pennant. And here’s the news: you’re not. The Tigers are. Starters who are tenacious and who actually pitch deep into games. And the offense is pretty good, too. Kinsler, Hunter, Cabrera, Martinez … that’s a tough lineup.

The O’s travel to Kansas City now. They learned last season that KC is no longer a pushover. It’s time to get the party mojo back, though. Time to ruin the Royals’ carpet and lay a patch in the driveway.

Read more: , , , ,
Print  |  Email  |  Share/Save
2 Responses to “Detroit: The Regulators”
  1. O's fan in NY says:

    Nice to see you writing…Some fixes….
    1. Get T. Hunter out of the closer role. O’Day is da man.
    2. Wieters has to be healthier…(and I’m afraid this will be his last year w/ us)
    3. Machado has to hit some more. His fielding is still sharp.

  2. Donny says:

    Was there and saw it with my own eyes. Couldn’t have said it better.
    The Tigers are the class of the league. One team that knows how to win, and one that’s learning how.
    PS- how about that bunt Ausmus called?

Leave a Reply

Our Sponsors
Vividseats.com is your premier internet destination for all MLB Baseball Tickets, such as Phillies Tickets, Cubs Tickets, LA Dodgers Tickets, Pirates Tickets, Marlins Tickets, and many more.
SecureYourSeat.com are able to provide you with a great selection of Premier League tickets including Arsenal tickets, Manchester United tickets, Liverpool tickets and Chelsea tickets. We also stock a fine selection of Champions League tickets including Champions League final tickets.
Best online sports betting bonuses and promotions at Sportsbetting.com. Join now the most secure online sportsbook!
For a selection of online slots games and casino reviews visit Online Slots Entertainment, a leader in online slot machines since 2003.
AllianceTickets.com carries all MLB Tickets including Colorado Rockies Tickets, Seattle Mariners Tickets and San Francisco Giants Tickets. They carry all Sports Tickets at discount prices.
With Texas Holdem Masters you can get information about the hottest trends in the popular Texas Holdem Poker game, with strategies and tricks so that you can be a master too. At Gambling Experts your poker skills will be upgraded from being an amateur to being an expert.

windows 7 key

windows 7 key

serial winzip 11

serial winzip 11 key

serial corel draw 11

serial corel draw 11 serials

photo shop key

photo shop key

free corel photoshop download

free corel photoshop download keygen

adobe free

adobe free

winrar password cracker serial

wirar password cracker

winrar 3 download

winrar 3 download freedownload

office 2010 professional key

office 2010 key

download photo shop free

photo shop serial

free winrar download for xp

download winrar for xp for free

cs5 serialz

cs5 serialz free

windows 7 free

windows 7 crack

free corel downloads

free corel downloads cracked

office 2010 free

office 2010 key

key office 2010

office 2010 key

photoshop key

photoshop key

windows key

windows key

corel dvd moviefactory 6

corel dvd moviefactory 6 downloads