Upon further review…
After watching Uggie Urbina struggle in the early part of April, many Tigers fans were hoping the ball club could trade him to anyone…for anything…even a bag of balls or a pine tar rag. Really, who could blame them. Uggie gave up seven runs in his first six outings out of the pen. With the addition of Troy Percival to the team, it was easy to cast aside Urbina as a washed up former closer. Not so fast. Uggie slammed the door on the Angels in the nightcap of the doubleheader, earning his team a split. With Percival on the DL, this whole scenario is proof positive of how you have to exhibit some patience when early season struggles hit. Especially with veterans who have done it before.
Speaking of the Tigers pen, how about Franklyn German? Every time I say Franklyn, it reminds me of the kids TV show starring that green turtle.
Pretty fitting considering German had a tendency to retreat into his shell every time he pitched in a big league game. He is finally starting to show a ton of confidence at the big league level. Twice today he had to get Vlad Guerrero. Twice he did the job, getting him to fly out to right field. Franklyn has allowed just one run in his last seven innings out of the pen. With Percy out for a while, German becomes a big piece to the puzzle if he continues to shine. The bullpen is starting to pitch the way the Tigers had hoped coming out of camp.