The Tigers headed out west nine games below .500. With a stop back in Chicago, they came home eight games below .500. I’ll take a 5-4 west coast swing any day. Then to top it off, the Tigers hammered the Mariners last night.
The Twins are now comfortably in front again by five games. It’s hardly a lock, but I think they have the horses to win the division. I think Cleveland doing as well as they’ve done is almost as surprising as the Tigers doing as well as they’re doing.
The most interesting race is definitely the AL West.1 1/2 games seperate three teams, and who doesn’t get the division will be right there for the wild card spot.
Barry Bonds amassed his 9,000 career at bat in last night’s game, going three for four. He’s now also a round error away from having a .300 career lifetime batting average. And his now career OBP of .440 would him up two places to number six all time.
Ichiro is now on pace to have a shot at breaking George Sisler’s single season hit record of 257. The bad news is, this is really all Mariner’s fans have to cheer about. I’ll get to see Ichiro play tomorrow. My wife, who graduated from the Detroit College of Law (now at MSU), is having her class’ five year reunion at Comerica Park. I’ll have a shot at meeting former Tigers Dave Rozema and Milt Wilcox, and then we have tickets to the game. Having the chance to meet either Rozema or Wilcox should make for the fact that I’m going to be hanging out watching a game with a bunch of lawyers.
Have a great weekend.