The Tigers took care of business behind some solid pitching this weekend with a three game sweep over the Chicago White Sox. It’s the Tigers fourth straight win and they now sit at 12-10, tied with the Royals and two losses back of the Indians. I could have done without the slow start, but if you would have asked if I’d have taken 12-10 after 22, I would have taken it so the end result isn’t all bad.
What I thought was going to be a weakness (the rotation) has turned into the Tigers strength. The Tigers gave up three runs in the series opener (Verlander gave up three solo home runs) and since then, they held the White Sox scoreless. They’ll take the shutout inning streak into a three game home stand against the weak hitting Mariners tomorrow.
I like the season Brennan Boesch is having. His power isn’t quite there yet, but 10 walks versus 12 strikeouts is something I’ll take any day. And despite not having a starting role, he’s managed to play in 21 games, whether it was because he was hot at the plate or because of injuries. I don’t expect him to hit even.300 by season’s end but .280 with a .750 OPS out of a guy who started the season as your fourth outfielder isn’t all bad.
And then there’s Miguel. He does know how to get those personal problems that plagued him this spring out of our minds. He now has a six game hitting streak and in three of those games he had a pair of hits. He leads the team in RBIs and in runs (in fact he leads the league in runs) and just wait until things warm up and he starts hitting more out of the park.
Brad Penny’s start on Saturday was encouraging. Jarrod Washburn was starting to come to mind but he turned things around with some shutout frames in the middle game of the series.
It’s Phil Coke versus Felix Hernandez in the opener tomorrow. I’m thinking about making my way down to the game although the weather isn’t looking to hot.