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Tiger Stadium, Kenny Rogers, Mark Prior and the Cleveland Indians

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.

great series against the cubs this weekend! I went to the game friday, and wrigley reminds me so much like tiger stadium. The chicago fans were really friendly except when we walked around the ballpark holding our tigers flag up. They just mostly threw peanuts at us and it didnt hurt! I would say it was about 35 percent tiger fans there. you learn to appreciate comerica more after being at wrigley because the seats are so close together and the view wasnt that great. It was a awesome trip and I would do it again next time the tigers play there. next year I want to go to yankee stadium or fenway park. Anybody been to these parks yet? GO TIGERS!!

Posted by Darryl on June 18th, 2006 at 5:51 pm

Hey darryl,

Dan and I saw you carrying that flag. we were sitting right by the cubs bullpen about 8 rows back. good show!

Posted by Michael on June 19th, 2006 at 6:10 am

Yep, saw the flag bearers. Though it’s only Wrigley Field, you are brave men.

Mike and I went Friday and Sunday. It was nice to sit back and see the Tigers eat the Cubs for breakfast. The Cubs have the sorriest offense on earth, and I don’t want to be too much of a party pooper here, but it is just stupid that the White Sox get to play them 6 times this year. Give me a break. If they beat us in the division by one game I’m going to be pissed about this.

As for now though, yes, good show!

Will Monroe ever play again? If so, why?

And kudos on the Tiger Stadium stuff, Brian. I’m going to have to check out that DVD…

Posted by Dan on June 19th, 2006 at 9:33 am

we sat 20 rows behind the cubs dugout, sure wish we had your seats! our view was really limited…

Posted by Darryl on June 19th, 2006 at 12:21 pm

It is incredible to me that the fortunes of the Tigers and Indians have reversed in mere months.The Indians are shackled by their lack of finance and had some players playing over their head last year to get to 93 victories.The Tigers were close to them in 2005 until Farnsworth was dealt.This is too surreal after 12 years to finally be back in the race and have the Indians fans giving up before the start of official Summer.The game last night was pure will to win by the whole club.Whatever it takes to win they provide.

Posted by tigers1901 on June 20th, 2006 at 8:39 am

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