The Tigers haven’t had much luck against the Twins the last few years. You have to go all the way back to 2000 to find a season when the Tigers had a winning record against the Twins, and even then they were only 7-6. This wasn’t any ordingay weekend series though. The Tigers had struggled at home as well and to take care of their division rival like this was pretty impressive. And it sort of makes you wonder whether the Twins that won the division from 2002 through 2004 were really that good or whether they truly took advantage of how poor the AL Central was. They never won a playoff series and once teams like the White Sox and Indians improved their team, they went from good to mediocre in a hurry. Now they look downright bad.
I didn’t watch the game today, so I’m not sure why Kenny Rogers got pulled in the ninth. He had only thrown 93 pitches and he had a chance for shutout. And it’s not like Rogers is going to throw out his arm. Todd Jones got the job done though and he hadn’t thrown since Tuesday, so maybe Leyland wanted to get him some work.
The last time the Tigers won 16 games in a month was August, 2000. The last time they did it in April was (gulp) 1984. With a White Sox loss today, we’ll be a game back in the loss column. The Tigers play a two game series against the Royals and I’m going to call this a relatively important series (I guess they all are). These are the kind of games a mediocre team would drop, so hopefully the Tigers take care of business and take both games.