TigsTown Roundtable: Week One Surprise

Ready to talk Tigers? Want to hear the opinion of the TigsTown staff? Welcome to the TigsTown Roundtable! This week's question: What's the biggest surprise from the big league club after the first week?

Paul Wezner, Executive Editor
Personally, I've been mostly surprised by how well the club's two everyday rookies have performed thus far. While I was confident they were big league caliber players, I also fully expected them both to have their share of struggles, especially early on. But that has not been the case at all, as both are sporting averages over .300 and OPS's over .800. Jackson's defense has been excellent in center field, and Sizemore has more than held his own at second base (with the exception of the one regrettable relay play that likely wouldn't have mattered in the grand scheme of the game anyway). Neither player has looked overmatched at the plate, and both have put on display the promise that made the Tigers so confident they could be everyday players from Opening Day on. Kudos to both youngsters for justifying the Tigers' optimism thus far.

Mark Anderson, Managing Editor
The biggest surprise for me has been the two-start struggle from Justin Verlander. Though it is certainly not that uncommon for top flight pitchers to struggle in back-to-back starts, I had hoped this was the year he truly finished off his development and began learning how to limit damage and battle through starts where his command wasn't at it's peak. That hasn't been the case thus far, and he is instead reverting to being a thrower again. Justin Verlander remains one of baseball's most freakishly talented starting pitchers, and at season's end he will likely be in the midst of the Cy Young discussion, but right now, the Tigers are fortunate to be where they are given his early struggles. He needs to turn it around and display is top flight talent.

Jason Avery, Associate Editor, Amateur Baseball
I think the biggest surprise has been the offense displayed by Magglio Ordonez. After a difficult 2009 season, Ordonez has seemingly found his classic form by hitting .462 with two homers in his first six games. If the Tigers are going to keep building on their 5-1 start and contend in the AL Central, they need a big year from Ordonez, and thus far, he has delivered. Hopefully, he can keep it up.

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