Yesterday’s 8-6 win over the Indians was definitely one of the bright spots of the Tigers’ season. The team clawed back from a 6-0 deficit and they capped off the dramatics with a two run walk off homerun by Miguel Cabrera. Carlos Guillen showed he can still flash the glove and the Tigers got some big time help from the pen. Casey Fossum pitched himself out of a huge jam by striking out the side after loading the bases up with nobody out and it looked like a 2006 flashback with both Joel Zumaya and Todd Jones throwing scoreless frames to close out the game.
Then the Tigers turn around and have an almost as disappointing loss. Up 6-2, they let the Twins claw back into the game today and the Twins sent the game into extra frames when they tagged Jones for two in the ninth. Then in the eleventh, Justin Morneau took Freddy Dolsi deep for the game winner. Matt Joyce hit his second homerun in as many days and Marcus Thames had three hits, it was just all for naught.
The Tigers have made a slew of roster moves the past couple of days. Ramon Santiago came off the disabled list and Mike Hollimon was sent down. Dane Sardinha moved down in place of Brandon Inge and then Eddie Bonine was sent down and Jeff Larish was called up. Bonine was moved down not because he was being bumped from the rotation, but because the Tigers don’t need him for close to two weeks. In the meantime, he’ll get some innings in Erie for the SeaWolves.
It’ll be Armando Galarraga throwing tomorrow night with Glen Perkins throwing for the Twins. Kansas City has blown two straight games and they’re down 1-0 tonight to the White Sox. Another Chicago win means the Tigers are eight games back, which isn’t good. Right now, the Tigers PECOTA adjusted projected chance of making the playoffs was just 11.6% and that was before today’s loss. Oddly, BP still has the Tigers with a better chance then the Twins, although that margin will shrink after today’s loss.