The Tigers swept the Indians, and thanks to the AFLAC trivia question on Fox Sports, I now know that this is the first time that the Tigers have ever swept the Indians at Jacobs Field. You have to go way back to 1990 at Cleveland Stadium to find the last time that the Tigers swept the Indians in Cleveland.
What a run by Mike Maroth. With today’s win, he’s now 5-2 with a miniscule 2.18 ERA. His strikeout to walk ratio is only 17/14 and that’s nothing to write home about but he’s kept the ball in the park (three homeruns), benefited from the improved Tiger defense and has managed to strand a ton of batters. Coming into the game, he had a mediocre 1.42 WHIP, but his left on base percentage was 87.6%. So he’s giving up baserunners, just not in bunches and he’s leaving most of the ones he gave up on base I’m not terribly optimistic he’ll be able to keep it up, but like the Tigers in general so far, I’ll take it while I can get it.
Interleague play starts this weekend and the Tigers host the Reds. Blade and I were hoping to catch a game with the Reds in town, but I don’t see it happening. I am going to try to go to the game on Wednesday. I’ll get to see Justin Verlander up close for the first time as well as Johan Santana. With that, I still don’t like interleague play. It messes up the schedule, they never gave the Tigers a real “rival,” and I just don’t see it as increasing attendance outside of whoever gets to host the Yankees (and now Red Sox). Then again, I’m the one who wants to go back to the “no playoff” structure that was in place prior to 1969 so I’m old school.
The Twins are in town this week beginning Tuesday and they’re kind of a new team since the Tigers rolled out of their last weekend. They’ve won seven of their last ten and they’re now ahead of the Indians by one game.