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Homeruns, Losing Series

Well, another weekend, and another losing series. The Tigers haven’t won a grand total of one series since the All Star Break, which was last weekends three consecutive one run wins against the White Sox. They’ve dropped to fifth in the AL in runs scored, which is impressive compared to last year, but not so because it wasn’t that long ago that we were on top. Throw in a 4.90 ERA, and that doesn’t make for many wins.

And it’s showing in the standings. Despite only being nine games below .500, and on pace to win 74 games, the Tigers have the 11th best record out of 14 teams. As much as I hate to say it, the odds of them making the playoffs are pretty much zero. The odds of finishing .500 are slowly becoming zero as well.

But, the Tigers did manage to club Tim Wakefield for a record tying six homeruns on Sunday. Nate Robertson got hit even harder though, not even making it through the fourth inning.

The Tigers have their final west coast run this week, as they head to Oakland, then Anaheim. They stop back at Chicago next week before coming home to face the Mariners for the final time. Once again, the Tigers could potentially play spoiler, as they face a series of teams in serious playoff contention. At least it makes for fun baseball.

I’m still hoping to get out to the park for one more game. Getting tickets in September usually isn’t too tough, but I’m happy to say that the Tigers are averaging a little over 25,000 fans a game. That’s good for 23rd in baseball, but they’ve already topped last year’s attendance, so Mr. Illitch has to be happy. At the current pace, 2,000,000 fans isn’t out of the realm of possibility.

About the only thing I can say about this past weekend is, I got through the ASL Starter Pack rules twice. Watching your kid while at a wedding shower is pretty much an recipe for boredom. I set the bar pretty low, and the bar was met.

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