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Tigers Score Six Runs in Final Two Frames in Comeback Win Over Devil Rays

Okay, the Tigers were only down by one, but after scoring two first inning runs, the Tigers’ bats didn’t do much until the eighth inning.  Magglio Ordonez doubled home two runs and then Craig Monroe continued his solid second half (.353/.375/.603 in 69 at bats since the All Star break) with a two run shot.  The Tigers added two more in the ninth as insurance but those two runs ended up not being needed.

Fernando Rodney is beginning to scare me almost as much as Todd Jones does.  He came in to pitch in the eighth and immediately walked the lead off hitter.  He ended up getting out of the inning, but that’s not what you want to do when the team just came back and gave you a three run lead.

Dmitri Young homered again, and he’s pulled his batting average all the way up to .250.  Since he’s come back, he’s hit .394/.447/.848 in 33 at bats.  I know that’s a small sample size, but he’s been absolutely raking the ball.  He’s hit a homerun in five of his last seven games.  And this is just how the Tigers’ season is going.  In April it was Chris Shelton and then in May and June, Marcus Thames was getting the job done.  Now in July, it’s been Craig Monroe and now Dmitri Young.  And all the while you’ve got guys like Curtis Granderson, Magglio Ordonez, Carlos Guillen and Pudge Rodriguez who have been consistently good for most of the year.

Even though it’s get away day, the Tigers play in the evening.  It’ll be Nate Robertson against the struggling Jae Seo, who’s played for his third team in the past twelve months.

What you didn’t mention about Rodney is that the last out of the inning (with two on) was a fly to right that was about 5 ft from a three run homer. That’s the type of information that doesn’t show up in what MLB tells us are relevant stats. Now that the deadline has gone, what’s apparent is that the bullpen’s missing an experienced veteran who knows how to throw offspeed (if only because he’s too old to throw 95+).

Posted by adr on August 3rd, 2006 at 4:46 am

I agree ADR. Tom “Flash” Gordon ould have looked good in a tiger uniform and I don’t understand why we didnt get a frontline shut down guy for the bullpen. Tigers are playing very well but they are also getting lucky. i hope the luck doesnt run out. Our lack of moves at the deadline means we are counting on this luck till seasons end.

Posted by Michael on August 3rd, 2006 at 5:36 am

Nate Silver’s research on this is very convincing, and I do not doubt that one of the best places for which the Tigers could have grabbed an impact player is the bullpen. A guy like Gordon would have helped a ton in the post season, and we wouldn’t have had to give up much to get him. A bunch of players were greabbed for peanuts this year. Big error there by Dombrowski.

Posted by Dan on August 4th, 2006 at 7:56 am

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