It’s almost like the Tigers can’t lose right now. When I saw Mike Maroth get shelled to the tune of six runs in the first inning, I told myself “well, you can’t win them all.” Then they crept back into the game and just crushed the spirit of the hapless Royals.
Marcus Thames has now hit eight homeruns in 68 at bats after hitting two today. That’s a homerun every 8.5 at bats. Just to put that in perspective, Andruw Jones led MLB in at bats per homerun last year with 11.5 so Thames is hitting homeruns at an excellent pace. He’s also drawing walks and any time you have a four digit OPS, you’re doing something right. Unfortunately, he’s the odd man out right now, at least with Leyland. But you think the way he’s been hitting, that Leyland wouldn’t be able to ignore him. I think he should be the full time DH, but Leyland seems content with using guys like Omar Infante in that spot.
The Kansas City Royals are now 10-35. In 2003, the Tigers won their 45th game to improve to 10-35 on the season, and then they went on to win their next two games as well. If the Royals lose either of their next two games, they’ll be on a worse pace then the 2003 Tigers.
And I’m not completely surprised. While the Tigers have made some poor moves, the Royals management appears particularly inept. Right now, I think they’re burying a guy who could be their best hitter. Justin Huber was called up a few weeks ago and he’s been completely ignored. Doug Mientiewicz has been starting at first base since Mike Sweeney went down with yet another injury and DM has an OPS that’s less then .700. He just hit his first homerun of the season today and before today, his OBP was higher then his slugging percentage. Huber can rake, he’s just not being given the chance.