Sat: Tigers 4, Indians 0
Sun: Tigers 5, Indians 3
17-13, 1st in AL Central (Tied w/KC)
(Photo courtesy of Tony Dejak/Associated Press)
- Thank you, Tigers. On Friday afternoon, I made a plea that the Tigers start getting it together and stringing together some wins. It looks like they heard me, completing the weekend sweep over the Indians and opening up a three game winning streak. Add to that the fact that the Angels were able to hand the Royals three losses, and the Tigers head into the upcoming week back in first place in the AL Central. Again, I am completely aware that it is VERY early in the season, and (as @pioneerhall pointed out to me) expectations were not very high for this team. But this team is coming together nicely (knock on wood), and all of these early season wins could make the difference later in the season. Wins and losses aside, playing great baseball is an incredible boost for team chemistry, especially with guys still moving up and down between the minors and the bigs. Add in the fact that Dontrelle Willis is scheduled to make his return to the rotation on Wednesday, and the need for team chemistry will be at a premium.
- Gotta give some love to Jeff Larish, who came up this weekend to provide another bat to go against the Cleveland right handers. Larish launched a huge shot to right on Sunday to jump start a four run second inning, and preceded that with a monster RBI triple on Saturday. Well done, sir.
- After a pair of excellent outings from Justin Verlander and Edwin Jackson, rookie Rick Porcello didn’t look too shabby in his start on Sunday. Rookie Rick went five innings, giving up one run on five hits and two walks, while striking out five. Honestly, having Porcello in the rotation might be one of the best things to happen to the Tigers so far this season. It’s apparent that Jim Leyland looks to leave his starters in the game for as long as possible, but when you are dealing with a young arm like Porcello’s, you are forced to call on the bullpen. And while relief pitching has long been an Achilles heel for the Tigers, giving those guys middle relief work and confidence building innings now, will pay dividends later in the season, especially in the tight contests.
The boys get an off day tomorrow, before kicking off a three game series with the Twins.
Probable starters for 5/12:
- Tigers – Armando Galarraga (3-2, 4.08, 29 SO)
- Twins – Kevin Slowey (4-1, 5.50 ERA, 25 SO)