The Tigers reached the midway point of their season this afternoon after losing their rubber game with the Twins. 44-37 isn’t bad and while their lead is a bit smaller at two games, they’re still in first place. If you’re a half glass full kind of guy, the Tigers have played a ton of games on the road in the first half and with a home heavy schedule and 23-11 record at Comerica Park, you’d hope the Tigers will be able to keep up their first place ways.
Brandon Inge accounted for the only two Tigers runs in their 6-2 loss. He belted home run number 19 and his All Star hopes depend on the internet vote this year. Justin Verlander, Curtis Granderson and Edwin Jackson are in already. Curtis Granderson was the only hitter to reach base twice with a single and a walk. He also stole his 15th base of the season so he’s right on pace for 30/30, which is something no Tiger has been able to do.
Rick Porcello is starting to struggle. He gave up six runs in four frames and his ERA is now above 4.00. He hasn’t won in his last three starts and he hasn’t been really good since June 12, 2009 when he gave up a run in seven innings. Fu-Te Ni and Zach Miner both threw a pair of shutout innings to keep the game within reach but the Tigers couldn’t get anything going at the plate.
Next up are the Royals. Game one has Gil Meche taking on Armando Galarraga. Armando is coming off his best start in a long so you hope he’ll be able to build on that.