Another tough loss yesterday. The Tigers lost their five game series against the White Sox and of the three losses, the Tigers pretty much gave two of those game away. Now they have a tough west coast swing with a three game weekend series against the Angels to kick things off. One again, they’re not only on FOX’s game of the week tomorrow but they’re also on ESPN on Sunday night. It’s Jered Weaver on the mound tonight against Nate Robertson.
Curtis Granderson hasn’t tripled since July 14 so he’s stuck on 16. I’ve said this before, but triples are one of those weird stats that can dry up in a hurry. Granderson could pick up two or three quick ones and put 25 back within reach or he could finish the season with 18. He now has 15 homers though with two of those coming in this past series against the White Sox. He also seems a lock to pick up 100 runs although I thought for certain that he’d pick up 100 last year and he just fell short.
Magglio Ordonez’s double pace has also slowed down. He has 38 and while 50 is definitely within reach, his earlier torrid pace has slowed when it looked like the single season record was a possibility. Unlike Granderson though, he hasn’t picked up his homerun pace and he’s hit just two in the month of July.
Trade rumors are swirling and while it looks like the Tigers might be out of the running for Octavio Dotel, a familiar face could be the most likely guy the Tigers pick up. Kyle Farnsworth is being dangled by the Yankees and he could be a cheaper alternative then a lot of the other options out there. Farnsworth was very good for us back in 2005 and while he has a hot head, I think he’d do okay back in Detroit.