There are seven teams in the American League with a winning record at this point in time. Against those seven teams, the Tigers are now 22-39, which isn’t good. The only team they have a winning record against are the Yankees at 4-2 and that was after the Yankees dismantled the Tigers yesterday with our ace on the mound.
Anyway, that just sets up the fact that the Tigers dropped their series opener to the Angels tonight. Miguel Cabrera once again put the Tigers on his back but his three RBIs on three hits wasn’t enough. One of those hits was another monster homerun, his 31st of the season. It’s really too bad that he’s having such a big season because it’s wasted with the Tigers mediocre record.
Fernando Rodney was the goat today. Chris Lambert had another rough outing and he gave up three runs in four innings but then Gary Glover gave up just one unearned run on one hit through four innings of relief. Cabrera tied the game in the eighth but then Rodney gave up a hit and two walks that resulted in the game winner. He’s now 0-4 on the season.
Curtis Granderson stole his tenth base and for the second straight season, he’s piled up quadruple double numbers (that’s double figures in doubles, triples, homers and steals). The last Tiger to do it in back to back seasons was Charlie Gehringer back in 1929-1930. In fact, he’s just the fourth Tiger (Ty Cobb and Bobby Veach are the other two) to do it twice in a Detroit uniform and just the third (Veach) to do it in back to back seasons.
Edgar Renteria had three hits and he’s quietly putting together a solid second half after a subpar first half. He was hitting .292/.351/.460 and that was before his three singles tonight.
It’ll be Zach Miner against Jon Garland tomorrow. The Angels magic number is down to seven so they won’t be able to clinch while here in Detroit. Let them save their celebration for a different place.