42-33, 1st in AL Central (4.0 GU on MIN)
(Photo courtesy of David J. Phillip/AP)
I’ve pried myself away from the NHL free agency proceedings long enough to force myself to put my hands on the keyboard and type something other than “Marian Hossa”, “free agency” (whoops, wrote it above) and “salary cap.” So sit down, act like you care, and read these words (it will be short).
Well, the series against the Cubs went about as well as we could have hoped. The boys from the Windy City rolled in following our three game sweep of the Brewers, and proceeded to get swept right out of Comerica Park and back to Chicago. Honestly, this was a huge series for Detroit. It was an emotional series against a regional rival (city) and the Tigers delivered. What made it even more impressive is that they delivered in the face of adversity. None of the games were pretty and we had to claw back into two of them, but that’s the whole point: the Tigers fought through the adversity and dug out three wins at home. Frickin’ awesome. I’ll admit, I was finally starting to feel good about this squad after that series, but I tried to temper my enthusiasm, knowing we were about to embark on a road trip.
It’s a good thing I did, because once we took the field in Houston, everything went downhill. Pitching feel apart. Walks piled up. Rookie Alfredo Figaro basically threw batting practice in game two of the series. It was ugly. But, the Tigers were able to grind out a win in the final game and avoid the sweep, which is a solid moral victory for this team. Now I’m sure you are probably snickering and thinking I’m a sissy for dropping “moral victory” into a post, but guess what, I did. And I think it’s appropriate. This team has struggled with chemistry for much of the season, and they could have easily just folded up shop and hopped on the plane to Oakland as losers of three straight. But they didn’t. And that’s a victory in my mind. These are the character building games right now. It’s the final push to the All Star break, and the Tigers are still competing in the close games and finding ways to win. That’s a good thing. But I still want to see the Tigers put together a solid road trip. Hopefully, they can get it going with a trip to the struggling A’s.
*As I type this, we are currently down 6-1 in Game 1 of the series. Ugh.
On Deck: Oakland Athletics
- Record: 31-43 (4th in AL West, 11.0 GB of LAOCAASNC or LA Angels)
*Alyssa: I forgive you for wearing this shirt. I’ve put a Tigers one in the mail to you.
Monday, June 29
- Tigers – Rick Porcello (8-4, 3.55 ERA, 44 SO)
- Athletics – Brett Anderson (3-7, 5.74 ERA, 45 SO)
Tuesday, June 30
- Tigers – Armando Galarraga (4-7, 5.65 ERA, 50 SO)
- Athletics – Gio Gonzalez (0-1, 8.03 ERA, 13 SO)
Wednesday, July 1
- Tigers – Justin Verlander (8-3, 3.40 ERA, 124 SO)
- Athletics – Dallas Braden (5-7, 3.26 ERA, 64 SO)