It's only been four games, but it looks like Curtis Granderson brought his "A" game to Detroit. He's hitting .429 (6 for 13) with 2 hr's, 2 triples, and 4 RBI's. More importantly, Granderson is an instant upgrade over Nook Logan in center field. Granderson's instant contributions only bolster a lineup that keeps getting stronger as the season moves along. Chris Shelton is hitting .363! Magglio Ordonez has a 17 game hitting streak. Carlo Guillen is hitting .326. If Placido Polanco can get healthy, the Tigers will have arguably the best lineup in the majors. This is what 15 years of god-awful baseball will do to you. The Tigers are 16 games behind the White Sox and I'm experiencing Tiger-mania.
As if that wasn't enough to get the adrenaline going, Jeremy Bonderman won his 13th game by beating the Twins on Sunday. He's on pace (I don't want to jinx him here so let me say that I don't think he'll make it) to win 20 games at the age of 22. The list of pitchers to accomplish that feet is not very long. It just doesn't happen. I know there's some people out there that won't take anything but making the playoffs but I'm elated with the progress. For the first time in years there's hope. As Andy Dufresne said, "Hope is a good thing, maybe the best of things". In the name of Jason Beverlin and Wendell Magee, I remind you of this.