In case you missed my rant about the city of Detroit tearing down Tiger Stadium, you can either check it out below this post or you can click here.
Kenny Rogers won his 200th career game this afternoon. He got a ton of run support and the end result of all this was another sweep for the Tigers, this time at the Cubs expense. The White Sox just won’t let up though because they swept the Reds. So we still have a game and a half lead despite winning eight of our last ten games.
Mark Prior looked very rough in his first start of the season today. His offspeed stuff wasn’t working, and he wasn’t putting his fastball where he wanted it to go. On top of that, his velocity was down closer to 90, which made this look more like a slow pitch softball game in the first inning. Brandon Inge and Chris Shelton both homered twice and the Tigers tied a team record with eight homeruns in the game.
While the Tigers might be the positive surprise of the season, the Cleveland Indians are probably the negative surprise. The Twins have now passed the Indians in the AL Central after a seven game winning streak and the Indians are now six games below .500. This was the team that was supposed to compete with the White Sox in the central, but it doesn’t look like it’s happening. The primary culprit has been their pitching. Last year, they led the league with a 3.61 ERA. This year, they’re at 4.91. The offense is good, but it’s not that good. I took some heat for saying Kenny Rogers would be an upgrade over Jason Johnson back when we signed Rogers, and Johnson is sitting at 3-7 with a 6.00 ERA.
The Tigers hop on a plane and start a three game series with the Brewers tomorrow. The Brewers got off to that really good start out of the gate, but they’ve settled back to .500. They’re riding a three game winning streak though. All we can do is keep on winning if we want to stay ahead.