Paul Wezner, Senior Editor
Considering the talent level of this team, it's certainly a good sign. The pitching staff showed they were capable, and the offense put up plenty of runs. But from day one, everyone said "if we can stay healthy, our offense will be good." Well, so far, the offense has been healthy, and they've produced. The pitching staff has certainly been encouraging, but it's not like any of the pitchers have done anything shocking so far. Rogers had a good game, then gave up a few runs to a good hitting team. Jerey Bonderman once again was on, but had yet again a couple mistakes that kept him from having a great start. Justin Verlander was immensely talented, and he put that on display. But there are certainly going to be days when the pitching isn't on. And if the offense can't stay healthy, then there's no telling how well they'll be able to produce. What we've seen is reason for optimism, and if this group can stay healthy, we may be able to compete. But that's still a big 'if'.
Mark Anderson, Associate Editor, Minor Leagues
There is always reason to be excited for a bunch of wins (and homeruns) during the opening week of the season. The difference comes in whether maintaining that success should be expected, of if we should realize there's likely some level of regression still to come. The Tigers have built a team capable of scoring runs, and if things break correctly, capable of preventing runs; but to expect them to continue both of those tasks at the rates seen last week is a little unreasonable. I think the biggest advantage to this hot start is the mental effect it will have on the clubhouse. Getting off to a slow start would have been a tough thing to handle after all the pre-season hype surrounding spring trainging and the health of the squad. By providing themselves the opportunity to remain positive and get the fans behind them, the players have set themselves up to ride the wave to a solid start to the season. I don't expect a continuation of nearly perfect weeks, but the excitement surrounding this first week has certainly gotten my attention and has me hoping for great things.
Jason Avery, Associate Editor, Amateur Baseball
Considering that the Tigers have had some miserable opening weeks to start the year, this is a welcome change. Obviously, it's only a week, and the competition wasn't the strongest the American League has to offer, so I'll be more impressed if the Tigers can have similar success against the White Sox and Indians, but this start definitely gives fans some hope for this season. I was very impressed with how the younger players got started. Justin Verlander had a terrific outing against a tough lineup, and Joel Zumaya and Jordan Tata threw very well out of the bullpen. Curtis Granderson was on base four times on Sunday and Chris Shelton's start has gotten national attention from the media. Certainly, the Tigers had a great week, but I want to see how this group fares against the top teams in the division before making any judgments on whether they can contend or not.
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