The Tigers, like the Energizer Bunny, just keep going, and going. They swept the Royals in their two game series, and while that’s nothing spectacular in and of itself, I am pretty happy that the Tigers took care of business against the worst team in baseball.
Mike Maroth continues to pitch very well. While his strikeout to walk ratio isn’t anything to write home about (12/10 in 30 1/3 innings), he has a very respectable WHIP (1.25) and he’s given up only two homeruns. Guess it goes to show how a better defense can improve a softer throwing pitcher. The ball gets put in play, but more are converted for outs and right now, the Tigers lead the league in defensive effeciency.
Believe it or not, the White Sox lost so the Tigers are now a half game back of Chicago. I’m not sure what’s more surprising, that the Tigers have the third best record in the majors or that the Reds have the best record.
Now I’m going to leave this to commentors, but one thing I was wondering the other day was, if Alan Trammell were still in charge, would this team have played this well for him? I know we’ll never know, but it’s not like Jim Leyland has done anything spectacular out there (please correct me if I’m wrong).
The Angels roll into town for two games. Hopefully we do a little better then when we faced them out in Anaheim.