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Why are Tigers Fans Pinching Brad Penny?

This blogger questions our hatred of the Tigers fifth starter.

Hating on Brad Penny during this season for the Tigers is the equivalent of bemoaning a single cloud in the sky on an otherwise magical day when you don't have to work and you have a tee time waiting.

You’re looking for something negative in a sea of positives.

As of this writing, Penny is 10-10 with 5.07 ERA. His WHIP, if you’re into that sort of thing, is 1.53. He has struck out 71 batters this season, a mere 167 less than Justin Verlander.

He is, as the stats say he is, an average major league pitcher.

But what else would you expect out of a fifth starter?

In the 28 games he has started this season, the Tigers are 14-14. He has stayed healthy all season, and has been a reliable arm every fifth day.

There’s not much else you can ask from, historically speaking, the worst pitcher in your starting rotation.

But a couple of days ago, the Detroit News reported that Penny might not make the playoff roster. This was met with a roar (get it? Roar?) of approval from Tigers fans who expect all of their pitchers to win 23 games and throw 150 pitches every time they toe the rubber, I guess.

Have we grown cocky during this winning streak? Do we harbor an opposition to pitchers with sketchy facial hair?

I’m befuddled by this hatred for such an unimportant player on a team that has so many other positives to enjoy.

If you have the answer, leave it in the comments and enlighten me.

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Andree hnatiuk September 21, 2011 at 02:36 PM
Yesterdays game. Need more...?
Amy Mayhew September 21, 2011 at 05:17 PM
In my brother's words, "Brad Penny ain't worth a nickel." I have to agree - I've been underwhelmed by his performance on the mound all season. We don't need him in the playoffs - he wouldn't start anyway.
linda September 21, 2011 at 05:49 PM
Bottom line.....We're spoiled now and have what it takes to be champs. We expect our pitchers to go out there & put on a good show most games and allow for some "off" games. There is nothing worse than a struggling pitcher in the first few innings. We hate playing catch up. It seems like that's what we do when Penny pitches. It get's on your nerves after awhile. Our guys are pretty good "as the comeback kids"...and even though Penny has won his fair amount, he just drags us down. As I said ...we're spoiled!;-)
linda September 21, 2011 at 05:56 PM
Oh and another thing...He takes way too long in between pitches! grrrr..I know pitchers have their own style, but he puts u to sleep (and our outfielders ), for crying out loud. If the pitches were worth waiting for, I wouldn't complain as much.
linda September 21, 2011 at 05:58 PM
oh... u need more? How about when he ragged on Vmart?? Ugh!

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