Well, just when you think they’re making progress, the Tigers run into a major road block. And not that any of this matters TOO much, but it would have been nice to come away with at least a split here. One run normally isn’t going to do it, and that’s what the Tigers scored in each of the four games against Boston. And this was in a hitters park no less. So as it stands, the Tigers would need to go 21-11 down the stretch to finish at .500. I’m a pessimist, today.
And the Braves showed why Barry Bonds is simply the greatest hitter of our lifetime. They pitch to him, and he ends up with two of the three longest shots in Turner Field history, and six RBIs. He’d need an incredible September to pass Babe Ruth, but at 696, he should be hitting 700 sometime in the next week or two.
And who would have thought, after the close race around the All Star Break, that the Twins would have the largest lead in their division over their rivals. Boston was helped tremendously by said sweep, and now stands a game and a half up in the AL wild card race, while there’s still a three way tie over in the NL with the Cubs, Giants and Padres all right there.
The Tigers have the Kansas City and Tampa Bay this weekend, so I’m hoping they come out of the week at least 3-3. A 16-16 finish would put them at 76 wins, far ahead of most people’s expectations. September call ups are also this week, which is a fun time of year for fans of teams that are out of it.