The Tigers took the rubber game today against the Royals to win their last series in the month of August. For the month, the Tigers finished a tepid 11-17 and it marks their third losing month of the season, compared to one winning month (their impressive 19-8 June) and one dead even month (13-13 in July). It hasn’t been pretty and it’s taken a three game losing streak by the Indians just to push the Tigers back into third place in the American League East.
Man, I hope Armando Galarrag sticks because if he doesn’t, he’s kind of wasted his good season. He’s still 12-4 because the Tigers didn’t push the winning runs across the plate until the bottom of the eighth inning, but his ERA is down to 3.17. That’s good for six in the American League and the guys in front of him aren’t any slouches. His 1.18 WHIP is seventh in the American League and his .222 batting average against is good for third. He’s got a month to go and if he could push his wins up to 16, he could sneak in and steal the AL ROY.
Miguel Cabrera drove in all four Tiger runs today and that brings his season total up 104. He also hit his 29th homerun. 120 RBIs should be a given unless he has a drop off and 35 homeruns isn’t out of the question. The last Tiger to hit both of those numbers is Cecil Fielder and it would make him just the fifth Tiger to do it. Norm Cash and Rocky Colavito did it once, Fielder did it three times and Hank Greenberg five times.
The Tigers kick off a tough week with a makeup game tomorrow against the Yankees. Then it’s three at home against the Angels and three at Minnesota against the Twins. Justin Verlander gets the nod tomorrow against Sidney Ponson.