Tigers need help, a look at the NFL draft and Derby predictions

Fat Guy Corner



The Detroit Tigers are in a Tom Petty “Free Falling” mode in the standings lately. How about just losing four straight at home to the Kansas City Royals? The Tigs have lost nine of their last 10 games after the Monday afternoon loss 3-2 to Kansas City. The starting pitching has been pretty decent, to be honest, here in April. The problem is at the dish where the Tigers are a MLB worst minus 38 in run differential. What this means is they have scored a paltry 69 runs and the opponents have plated 107 runs. How bad is that number? The Washington Nationals are next and they are only minus 24 runs. When I watch these guys swatting at air it looks like they have a wet magazine in their hands for bats. It’s simply embarrassing to watch a major league team look so horrific on offense. How about a team batting average of .205! Yes, I said .205! WOWZER is that awful. I think from now on when the Tigers come to bat I’ll set up a chair on my lawn and watch the grass grow. It will for sure equal the excitement level of the Tigers offense, I am positive of that. The worst record in baseball is currently owned by the men wearing the Ole English D. I say, time to bring up the boys from the Toledo Mudhens and see what they can do! All right, my rant is over.

The NFL Draft was Thursday night after my deadline. Here are my thoughts pre-draft: Picks one and two should be Trevor Lawrence No. 1 to Jacksonville and Zach Wilson to the New York Jets. The third pick is when you need to tune in and see who the San Francisco 49ers select. The 49ers traded up into the three spot, so obviously they know who they want. However, the smoke screen has been pretty good so far. I think it will still be Mac Jones from Alabama, personally, but not shocked if it’s someone else. The NFL Draft will be entertaining because at No. 4, the Atlanta Falcons, have been mum on what they are doing. The question here in the mitten is what will the silly Lions do on draft day? My first piece of advice is that I suggest no phone calls to Matt Millen. Even typing his name makes me want to puke.

I can tell you the Lions better not go after a quarterback, that position can wait. The “Lie Downs” have more pressing needs, in my opinion. Where will the “Knee Cap Eaters” regime focus on first? The defense or the offense?

The Lions have more holes then a piece of Swiss cheese as we all know. I have no preference of who they take as long as it’s not a quarterback! What will the silly Lions do? I guess we will all know by the time you’re reading this.

The 147th Kentucky Derby runs on Saturday with post time at 6:57 p.m. The chalk will be Essential Quality at 2-1 odds and he will break from the No. 14 post. Who are some other horses to look at? The horse Known Agenda at 6-1 will come out of the No. 1 post, which will hurt his chances. It is tough in a 20-horse field to come out of the one hole as you get squeezed into the pack. The horse Rock Your World is second choice at 5-1 odds. He will come out of the No. 15 post. The horse Hot Rod Charlie is third choice at 8-1 out of the No. 9 post. I love the fact the top choices will be side by side to one another in the starting gate. I also like the post positions for the two horses. I can see why Essential Quality is the top choice. He is 5-0 and winner of the Southwest Stakes and Blue Grass Stakes. In 2020 he was also the winner of the Breeder’s Cup Juvenile race. I like the horse Rock Your World, the winner of the Santa Anita Derby. I will be at the betting window putting a little “cheddar” on him to win the Kentucky Derby. The fat guy longshot horse you ask? I like King Fury, the son of Curlin, to hit the board on Saturday. The Run for the Roses is my favorite race of the year! I say, may the horse you bet on bring you a few bucks and cash that ticket! Good Luck.

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