First off, the 1-2 start by the Tigers didn’t worry me too much. The Yankees are still an elite team and that lineup is just brutal. I knew we were in trouble when the pen didn’t get the job done after Justin Verlander’s solid start. Throw in one game against a better then usual Orioles team and a lineup full of sick players and I’m not too concerned that the Tigers are 1-3. If they start 10-20 I’ll be worried but with the Royals coming up, the Tigers can turn things around in a hurry.
A lot has been made of Alex Avila’s slow start and that continued today. He did draw a walk, but he’s now 1 for 10 in three games. Probably more worrisome is Magglio Ordonez, who’s one for eleven (he got his first hit today). The slow start is one thing but the fact that his ankle is giving him some troubles are another. This is our number three hitter and we can have him struggling for long.
Also of some concern was Brad Penny’s start on Saturday. Yes, the Yankees are good but he had a tough time getting anyone out. Phil Coke struggling out of the pen is also a tough sign. He’s given up runs in each of his two appearances so it’ll be interesting to see what he can do when he pitches a little deeper into the game.
Still, a two game winning streak puts the Tigers back at .500. And the Royals aren’t going to stick as the first place team and the Tigers are right there with the 1-3 Twins. If this stuff continues through the end of this week though, then that will be a different story.