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Tigers Finish Sweep Over Cardinals

The Tigers got it done for the third straight time in their series sweep over the Cardinals.  The final was 6-3 and it means that, assuming the Indians hold on to beat the Reds, that the Tigers will remain one game back in the loss column to the Indians.  At this point last year, they were 29-14 so they’re doing a good job of keeping up the same pace that they did last year.

Justin Verlander had another nice start and for the second straight start, he pitched into the eighth inning.  He improved to 5-1 and he gave up just two runs on five hits and a walk with three strikeouts in eight innings.  Prior to the season starting, I was asked whether Justin Verlander would win 15 games and I said no (I figured he’d be at 13 or 14).  While the season isn’t over and I still could be right, it’s one of the things where you also don’t mind being wrong about.

Sean Casey had another nice game.  He only finished with one hit but he drove in two and scored a run and he had a hit in each of the three games in the series.  Mike Rabelo also got had a nice day at the plate.  He went two for four with a run and an RBI and Brandon Inge hit his eighth homerun of the season.

Fernando Rodney got into trouble in the ninth, but Bobby Seay came in to get the final out and he picked up his first career save.  While Seay’s ERA looks high (and it is), it’s mostly because of one rough outing where he gave up four runs earlier in the week to Boston.  If you take that out, he’s having a pretty good season.

Next up is the Angels with John Lackey and Mike Maroth locking up on Tuesday.  Maroth is 3-0, but his strikeout to walk ratio (15/15) doesn’t impress.  Regardless, it’d be nice if he could push himself to 4-0 with a nice start tomorrow.

Tomorrow begins the Tiger Trivia Challenge.  I’ll probably repost the rules for those that missed it in the morning but once noon hits, it’s fair game.  Good luck to everyone and I appreciate all of the bloggers who have helped me promote the contest.  I’m hoping it’ll be fun for everyone.

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