So much for the Tigers’ home woes. Prior to this game, the Tigers were 2-5 at home. That turned that around in a hurry and the Tigers had their first six game winning streak since late June, 2004.
Dan brought this up in the comments of my last post. Alexis Gomez hit third in the order today, which is a little, well, odd. To make it more odd, I just heard on the radio that when Dmitri Young comes off the disabled list, it’ll be Gomez who’s designated for assignment. So if he doesn’t clear waivers, this could be his last game as a Tiger. If he’s good enough to hit third, he’s good enough to keep, right? Guess not although I’m not quite sure why he’s been getting more time then Marcus Thames has been of late.
The Tigers are now 19-10. Say they hit a rough patch and go 4-7 in their next eleven games. They’ll hit the quarter point with a 23-17 record, which is way better then I thought they’d be. And not to bring up the dreaded past but the 2003 Tigers won their 19th game on June 30 of that year. Whether they keep it up or not, the Tigers have definitely improved their product since that horrific season.
The Tigers travel to Minnesota this weekend to take on the Twins again, who have won a few games since the Tigers embarassed them last weekend. Regardless, this is a great time to keep the team’s winning ways going. The Twins are still struggling at the plate and they have by far the worst offense in baseball.
Just to check out some of the team stats for the Tigers at the Hardball Times, the Tigers have the most Pythagorean wins with 20. They’re tied for the lowest groundball percentage in the American League with 39% and they have the second best slugging percentage at .484. On the pitching side, they lead MLB in ERA with a 3.01 and they’re also tops in defensive effeciency with .746. They’re also tops in the American League in groundball percentage (48%) and line drive percentage (16%). Note that this was all before today’s game.
Have a great weekend.