The biggest problem with digging yourself into a hole in baseball is you usually need a lot of things to go right to get out of it. The Tigers winning streaks and impressive June are now a thing of the past and after just two straight losses, the Tigers now find themselves seven back of the White Sox and four and a half back of the Twins. Thankfully they came back in that Monday game because had they not pulled that game out, things would be looking even more grim.
Still, there’s light at the end of the tunnel. The Tigers play four games against the AL worst Mariners and you have Felix Hernandez and J.J. Putz both out. The Tigers will catch Erik Bedard for the first time this season, but after making him my second round pick in my fantasy draft, Bedard has looked very mortal. The good news is, anyone should like the Tigers chances in this series. The bad news is, anything worse then three of four will be considered a disappointment.
After missing a couple of games, Miguel Cabrera is back in the lineup. Edgar Renteria has the night off and both Michael Hollimon, Clete Thomas and Matt Joyce will get the nod in the starting lineup. It’ll be Justin Verlander going up against Carlos Silva.