Paul Wezner, Executive Editor
Curtis Granderson being back in the lineup will help considerably, but ultimately, I think the team just needs to settle down at the plate. It's rare that established hitters just suddenly fall off a cliff so to speak when it comes to production, so it's hard to see a number of lifetime, consistent .300 hitters suddenly just be unable to crack a .700 OPS. Magglio Ordonez has already shown signs of coming out of the funk, and the same can be said for Miguel Cabrera. Add Granderson as a table setter to the top of the lineup, and by the end of the April, the offense should be cruising and producing just like everyone expected it to be.
Mark Anderson, Managing Editor
The simple answer is, relax. Now, it is actually much more complex than that, but that's how it sums up. The Tigers read the press clippings. The Tigers heard the talking heads. You know what? They bought into it. Some of this is just a standard slump; some of this is also guys not being fully prepared for the start of the season. Can we attribute that to guys not preparing as hard because of the strength up and down the lineup? I honestly don't know. We can surmise that this may be at least in part true, but we don't know for sure. This offense just needs to relax, get back to their routines, get back the basics that have made them so successful, and let things come back to them. This crew is too talented not to hit a ton, and it will happen.
Jason Avery, Associate Editor, Amateur Baseball
I think the Tigers will be fine once Curtis Granderson gets back into the lineup, and with last Wednesday night's victory, everyone can begin to relax a little and not press. Magglio Ordonez falls squarely into this category, and he needs to be more patient. He has drawn just one walk in his first 33 at-bats after drawing 76 in his monster season last year. The first week of the season certainly has been one where Murphy's Law has prevailed, but if the Tigers can build on Wednesday's effort, they have a chance to did themselves out of their hole early on, and not have to play catch-up the rest of the season.
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