Two of the most storied — and for a long time, pitied — baseball franchises in MLB history battled one another this weekend in a series of curse-breakers.
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Both the Red Sox and Cubs suffered through generations-long World Series slumps only to see the curses haunting them recently snapped. Though the Cubs are fresh off their first World Series win in 108 years, they did not have fate on their side Sunday.
Tied 2-2 in the eighth inning, Chicago gave up four runs off of a wild pitch, a groundout and a throwing error to ultimately lose 6-2. The new, fortunate Cubs looked a bit like the old, forlorn Cubs late in this game.
Daniel Norris, who was acquired by the Tigers in the David Price trade, has shown flashes of electric stuff. He just needs to become more consistent with his off-speed pitches. The Tigers also have young Matthew Boyd, who may be the third-best pitcher on the team right now.
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The X-Factor is Jordan Zimmermann. The high-priced signing from last offseason has been disastrous in a Tigers uniform, which has made it tough to trust their supposed No. 3 starter.
Through the first month of the season, Detroit finds itself just one game behind the Indians and the surprising White Sox. The Twins are also a half-game ahead of the Tigers, so the AL Central looks set for a season-long battle. The Tigers may be aging, and their needle may be pointing downward slightly, but this team still has the pieces to contend for the postseason and more.
Late owner Mike Ilitch gave everything he had to see his beloved Tigers win another World Series, and with a little luck — and some summer moves — they could honor him with a special season.