Just some interesting things I picked up from the Tigers press pass for tonight’s game with the Angels. Both Gary Sheffield and Magglio Ordonez have career averages over .300 against the Angels. Gary Sheffield’s .312 average in 269 at bats is ninth amonst all active players against the Angels and Magglio Ordonez is eighth with a .544 slugging percentage. Also, Ordonez is second among active players at Anahiem Stadium with a .353 batting average.
The Tigers lead the majors with 28 RBIs and four grand slams with the bases loaded. The four grand slams the Tigers have this month tied the franchise record that the Tigers set back in June of 1968 when Mickey Stanley hit one and Jim Northrup hit three.
Tiger starters lead the American League with 12 quality starts. Just as impressive, they’re fourth in ERA at 3.66. Last year, Tiger starters posted a 4.00 ERA.
Mike Maroth has done a few interesting things over the last couple of years. Since the start of the 2003 season, he’s posted the eighth best walks per nine inning rate in the American League. In 689 2/3 innings, he’s walked just 181 batters for a 2.36/9 inning rate. He’s also tied for third in the majors with 26 pickoffs since the start of the 2002 season.