43-35, 1st in AL Central (3.0 GU on MIN, CHI)
(Photo courtesy of Anda Chu/MCT)
Well, the struggles on the road continued for the boys from Motown, dropping 2 of 3 to the AL West bottom-dwelling Oakland A’s this week. The Tigers struggled to find their offense, just like they have on the road much of this season, and subsequently lost yet another series away from Comerica Park.
However, the boys have had an off day to clear their heads and find their focus, as a HUGE matchup with the Minnesota Twins starts tonight. Currently, the Tigers hold a three game lead over the Twins and the surging White Sox, so it’s needless to say that this series holds some importance. This will be a great test for the Tigers, though. Even though they are in first place, there are many fans and experts alike that are questioning whether this team has what it takes to be relevant in the playoffs. And while we are still half a season away from the playoffs, tonight should give us a good look at how the Tigers will handle the pressure of a meaningful road series. It will surely be an uphill battle for Detroit, especially in tonight’s game, where rookie Luke French will make his first career start against Twins ace Kevin Slowey. How the boys handle the pressure of protecting a division lead on the heels of a rough road trip will be must watch TV, and you can bet I will be tuned in.
Honestly, I could sit here and go on and on about where the Tigers are struggling and what it’s going to take to win this series against Minnesota, but what’s the point? We know the deck we are playing with and we know what we have to do to get it done. Now it’s all about the execution.
I hope you got all of the road woes out of your system, boys. It’s time to bring it.
On Deck: Minnesota Twins
- Record: 41-39 (3rd in AL Central, 3.0 GB of Detroit)
Friday, July 3
- Tigers – Luke French (0-0, 0.00 ERA, 3 SO)
- Twins – Kevin Slowey (10-3, 4.41 ERA, 71 SO)
Saturday, July 4
- Tigers – Edwin Jackson (6-4, 2.49 ERA, 84 SO)
- Twins – Francisco Liriano (4-8, 5.62 ERA, 80 SO)
Sunday, July 5
- Tigers – Rick Porcello (8-5, 3.90 ERA, 44 SO)
- Twins – Nick Blackburn (6-4, 3.10 ERA, 45 SO)