The Tigers have a big couple of weeks as they started a road series against the Indians last night (with a loss) and then they have them at home next weekend. They’re off to a bad start in this series, but if they can win both of those series, they can push the Indians down to six games which would give them a nice lead heading into the final month and a half.
Last night’s loss was a tough one. First you had the two hour rain delay, then you had the fourteen innings. Now both teams have their pens in shambles so the Tigers need some innings out of Rick Porcello tonight. Fortunately the Tigers had their day off so it’s not as bad as it could be. The Indians throw Ubaldo Jimenez, who was roughed up in his first start as an Indian and has had three poor starts in a row.
The big news this week were the contract extensions. Jim Leyland gets one more year and Dave Dombrowski gets through 2015. Mixed feelings because while both have done a good job and put the Tigers back in the map, they haven’t been able to recapture that magic since 2006 (hard to believe that was five years ago). This year could be the year but they still have some work to do. Then again, the other questions is who’s out there.
The Tigers also signed their top pick, James McCann. They didn’t have a first round pick and they locked him up well before the August 16 deadline.
Big game again tonight. Let’s hope Porcello brings his A game.