No Respect

It’s just my worthless opinion, but getting to watch the pitching machine known as Justin Verlander every five days has spoiled quite a few Tiger fans out there.

Let me explain…

In 2009 and 2010, we saw the following men make 135 starts at the back of our rotation. With the exception of a few games here and there, they did not do a very good job. Try not to wince when you read this list of pitchers and the amount of starts they made for Detroit.

Armando Galarraga: 49
Jeremy Bonderman: 30
Dontrelle Willis: 15
Jarrod Washburn: 8
Nate Robertson: 6
Luke French: 5
Eddie Bonine: 5
Andy Oliver: 5
Zach Miner: 5
Alfredo Figaro: 4
Brad Thomas: 2
Phil Coke: 1

That’s heartbreaking, isn’t it? I mean, other than Armando’s imperfect game, that’s a lot of suck right there. You would think that a fanbase that has suffered from such crappy #4 and #5 starters the past couple years might be ecstatic to get a guy that was serviceable at the back of the rotation.

Now go back to the beginning of April of 2011. That’s only four months ago…even my alcohol-ravaged brain can remember back that far. What if I told you we would get a guy to back up Verlander, Scherzer, and Porcello that would make 22 straight starts without missing a turn in the rotation.

And in those 22 starts…

-He would go at least 5 innings pitched 19 times.
-He would go at least 6 innings 15 times.
-He would allow 4 earned runs or less 17 times.
-He would allow ZERO earned runs 3 times.
-He would walk 3 or less batters 19 times.
-As a bonus, this man would only be costing us $3 million in payroll.

I don’t know about you, but I would be thrilled to hear this. After all of the Quad-A guys we’ve had to sit through, I’d be one happy camper.

And you know what? We do have that guy.
His name is Brad Penny. And all everyone does is shit on him. No respect.

Today he faced on of the best offenses in Major League Baseball, the Texas Rangers. He went 6.2 innings and allowed 4 earned runs. That's not great, but it's not horrible. If it were Nate, Bondo, or Dontrelle out there, that game might be still going on at 9:37pm, as I write this. Since the end of the game, though, I’ve been reading several comments on Twitter and on Tiger sites saying how awful he is and even a couple saying he should be DFA’d.

What the fuck, people? What do you want from the guy?

They can’t all be Verlander, kids. Look at that list of #4’s and #5’s we’ve been subjected to one more time.

And give Brad Penny a well-deserved tip of the cap instead of these middle fingers he doesn’t deserve.