It seems like just when you start counting the Tigers out, they come back and have a weekend like they did. Coming off of a series loss to the Royals, the Tigers bounced back in dramatic fashion to sweep the Diamondbacks. We saw a one hitter on Friday, and then two walk off homers by Eric Munson and Carlos Pena on Saturday and Sunday.
Eric Munson has been in such a perpetual slump this year, that you forget how good of a hitter this guy can be. When I first saw it go over the wall in deep center, I remember thinking “Boy did he hit that ball far.” Little did I know it was billed as the longest homer in Comerica Park history.
The drama didn’t end there. On Sunday the Tigers came back from a 5-2 deficit to tie the game up. Then in the bottom of the ninth, Carlos Pena hit a grand slam into the bullpen to end the game.
The four game streak matches their best of the year (they’ve had two others), and they now site four games below .500. Encouraging depending on how you look at the numbers. If you take away the opening season four game streak, and take away this one, they’re record is 27-39 (.409). Annualized, that’s a 66-96 record. Of course they all count, so 80 wins isn’t entirely out of the question at this point.
My travel plans are coming together for this years baseball trip. My wife and I went to Fenway two years ago, and Yankee Stadium last year. This year we’re going to the Skydome to see the Jays and the Devil Rays play. We plan on getting a room at the hotel connected to the ballpark and watching Friday’s game from our room. Then Saturday I have tickets. I have mixed feelings about taking my son to his first baseball game in a park other then one in Detroit.
Cleveland is on deck for Detroit. A sweep would move the Tigers back into third place. The Indians are somewhat of a surprise this year.