It’s been one of those weeks. Things started off with what I first thought was a tornado but ended up being just massive gusts of winds as probably the worst storm I’ve ever seen came through. Our next door neighbor has a tree in their yard (we’re talking big trees, not saplings) that’s partially in ours and two doors down on the other side, my neighbor has been working on getting a tree removed that landed on his roof. Nasty stuff and we lost power for a couple of nights.
Last year, I had to take a couple of weeks off for a variety of reasons, both personal and computer related. That was when the Tigers That was when they had their best stretch of the season and they won 11 of 12. Since I’ve been gone, the Tigers have won five of six including three straight over the first place White Sox. They also won their first game when the scored two runs or less this afternoon when Miguel Cabrera hit a walk off homer in the 2-1 win.
The pitching came through in this one. Six runs over three games isn’t bad and the Tigers got the bats going with thirteen runs of their own. They didn’t set the world on fire, but it was good enough.
The Dontrelle Willis thing is kind of baffling. In fact looking at his stat line is downright funny. Opponents are hitting just .189 against him but he’s also walking nearly two batters an inning. Hopefully his time in Lakeland will be fruitful.
The bad news is, the Tigers are still eight games back. They’re knocking on the Indians door though and they’re three back of the Twins. Getting into a second place position is important because then the Tigers don’t need a bunch of chips to fall before to move up.
Justin Verlander’s start was very impressive (yes, I know I’m jumping around, I have some catching up to do). It was the Tigers first complete game of the season and Kenny Rogers followed that up with a solid outing today. Tomorrow, it’ll be Armando Galarraga going up against Derek Lowe. Eddie Bonine will make his first career start tomorrow (I thought Chris Lambert would have been a better choice) and we’ll get to see the guy the Tigers almost got instead of Andrew Miller back in 2006 when Clayton Kershaw throws.