The Tigers came up a game short of a sweep, but even then Marcus Thames made things interesting with his nineteenth homerun in the eighth inning. The Tigers did it all too. On Thursday, they came from behind to top the Royals and then on Friday, they did it again and won it on a walk off homerun by Carlos Guillen. Then Justin Verlander combined with Jamie Walker for the Tigers twelth shutout of the season.
Ivan Rodriguez has really turned it on. He had the day off today, but he has an eight game hitting streak and in five of those games he had at least two hits. He’s not quite to the point where he was in 2004, but he’s miles better then what he did for us last year. And there’s no doubt that the future Hall of Famer will be pivotal in the Tigers chances in the playoffs.
Justin Verlander hasn’t lost since June 7th. In four of those six starts since losing, Verlander has given up only one run or less. And the last time he went less then five innings was his second start of the season on April 13. On top of all this, his ERA is back under 3.00. Sadly and unless something changes between now and the end of the season, it looks like he’s going to finish third in the Rookie of the Year voting. It’s just one of those years.
This weekend, Comerica Park paid tribute to the Negro League, and on Saturday the two teams wore their respective home town Negro League uniform. The Tigers wore the Detroit Stars’ uniform and the Royals donned the Kansas City Monarchs’ old uniforms. I really like the style of both. The Monarchs were the Negro League version of the Yankees and the Negro League museum is located in Kansas City.
Next up could be one of those defining series of the season. The Tigers haven’t had much luck against the White Sox, but two of three, or even better, a sweep, would bury the White Sox. I’ll be going to the game on Thursday.