If there’s any consolation, the Tigers still have a 5 1/2 game lead in the AL Central. Five straight losses will have a lot of fans worried though (including me). And with three games at Boston this week, it doesn’t get any easier.
Zach Miner was knocked around in the first two innings so the Tigers had to play from behind the entire game. Once again, Alex Cintron turned out to be the Tiger killer because his three run double was probably the most important hit of the game.
Carlos Guillen made his 22nd error of the season and that leads the majors at any position. If you look at Baseball Prospectus’ fielding runs above average, he’s four runs below average but that was before today. Looking at Win Shares on the Hardball Times, he sits at 3.3 fielding win shares, which is tenth in the American League. Hopefully he’ll be able to get back on track here. His career high for errors is only 18 and he’s already well above that. The good news is, Guillen is second among American League shortstops in total Win Shares because he’s still hitting the ball very well.
Nate Robertson goes up against Josh Beckett tomorrow. To make matters worse, the White Sox have four against the Royals this week, which should put even more pressure on the Tigers just to win to keep that lead. The Royals did sweep the Red Sox earlier this week so I guess anything can happen.