I have been reading and hearing the past couple days the Tigers have been very aggresive in seeking a bat to help add some much needed offense to this lineup. I am really afraid they might not do anything because of the reemergence of Carlos Guillen even though he cannot hit right handed yet. I would like to see the Tigers get a Josh Willingham or even a Cody Ross rather than say an Adam Dunn or an Adam Jones who both are mainly DHs. I would also like to see them get some help pitching. If they could acquire Jarrod Washburn that would be great but its unlikely to happen. By Friday night I would like to see the Tigers have a new bat that can contribute in this lineup immediately as well as at least a solid late reliever. I will say this right now, if the Tigers can get a Washburn or someone close to him along with Verlander and Jackson, they would have a rotation that can win you a division and possibly a few playoff series. Hopefully they make a couple good moves and I am not bashing the Tigers front office come the weekend. Also, I saw the ChiSox acquired Mark Kotsay today from the BoSox for Brian Anderson. I dont understand this trade from a ChiSox point of view I actually thought Anderson had some potential but I will say this: Kenny Williams better have another trick up his sleeve because I firmly believe right now, the Tigers are better than Chicago and Minnesota. But for my sake as a Tigers fan, I would love to see Chicago make no more moves or another one like this because frankly, I don’t understand it.
The Tigers head to Oakland for a rematch of the 1972 & 2006 American League Championship Series to face an Athletics team that owns one of the worst records in baseball and is fresh being swept 3 straight at home by the Colorado Rockies. Winning games like these are crucial in trying to win a division in the theory that you have to win games against the bottom feeders. They need to go to Oakland and take care of business to get some steam heading out to the tin can in Minnesota this upcoming weekend. Here is your pitching matchup for tonight:
Tigers Starting Pitcher: Rick Porcello (8-4, 3.55 ERA)
Porcello has been a great story this year for the Tigers and can continue that great story with a quality start against the A’s. He has been a little shaky over his past 4 starts but he has not been beaten once in the span. Porcello can become just the fifth pitcher since World War 2 to win 9 games at age 20 or under before the All Star break. Rick beat the A’s once already this season at Comerica Park back on May 16 going six innings surrendering only one earned run.
Athletics Starting Pitcher: Brett Anderson (3-7, 5.74 ERA)
Anderson has not pitched in over a week and was scratched from his last scheduled start due to “arm pains.” The lefty has had a poor year so far but his last start he did not earn a decision while pitching a decent game against the Padres going 5 innings allowing 3 earned runs with a few strikeouts.
Bottom Line: Brett Anderson is a below average lefty that the Tigers should tee off on. They have a very favorable pitching matchup with Porcello going and as long as the offense shows up, they should have no issues.
The Tigers start a humongous week of baseball after pulling out a humongous 4-3 come from behind victory in Houston on Sunday. They continue the current 9 game road trip on the west coast in Oakland to take on the A’s. The pitching matchups in Oakland clearly favor the Tigers running Porcello, Galaragga, and Verlander out there. Detroit then heads to Minnesota for the biggest series since 2007 and a 3 game set in the tin can. I’ll be back later.
Im gonna be honest, I am not the biggest Brandon Inge fan in the world. But I think I speak for every Tigers fan right now when I say, “Brandon, THANK YOU”. Inge hit a huge dinger that sent me jumping up and down and celebrating a big 4-3 victory in Houston. This feels like one of those games you look back at in October and say, “that was the turning point for this team.” Especially with the Twins and White Sox winning today it was huge to maintain the 4 game lead. I’ll be back later with a more in-depth reaction.
Well that was brutal. Alfredo Figaro didn’t fare to well in his second career start and the offense was dead silent as the Astros defeated the Tigers 8-1 Sat night. This one was rough from the beginning when Michael Bourn lead off the game with a bunt single. The Tigers had no answer for Felipe Paulino striking out what seemed like 100 times managing only three hits, one of which was a Ramon Santiago solo shot in the third inning. I am very happy Miguel “Purjury” Tejada is in the National League because the Tigers simply cannot get him out.
Bright Points: 1. Alfredo Figaro did actually pitch well enough to win save for the 5 run third inning. He only allowed one run in his last three innings which was a good response even though the game was already over.
2. Ramon Santiago continues his rare surge of power belting his 6th homer of the season to then cut a 2-0 lead in half.
3. The Minnesota Twins were defeated by the St. Louis Cardinals 5-3 so the Tigers maintain a
4 game lead in the American League Central.
On Deck: Tigers @ Astros June 27 2:05 ET
Edwin Jackson (6-4) vs. Russ Ortiz (3-3)
Hopefully the Tigers salvage a win in this series tomorrow to get some momentum heading to the west coast. I’ll have thoughts about the current road swing and preview tomorrows game tomorrow morning.
Tigers (41-32 1st AL Central) Astros (34-37)
1.Granderson CF 1. Bourn CF
2. Polanco 2B 2. Keppinger 3B
3. Cabrera 1B 3. Tejada SS
4. Thames LF 4. Lee LF
5. Kelly RF 5. Berkman 1B
6. Inge 3B 6. Pence RF
7. Laird C 7. Matsui 2B
8. Santiago SS 8. Quintero C
9. Figaro P 9. Paulino P
Tigers Starting Pitcher: Alfredo Figaro (1-0) 3.60 ERA
Last outing Figaro struck out 7 Brewers over 5 innings to earn his first career win in his first career start last Saturday. After witnessing him in person a week ago, this young righty has a mean fastball topping out at around 97mph. He will look to put together back to back quality starts and move to 2-0 in his career.
Final thoughts: It would be really great for this team if Figaro can e another solid outing to give this team another good young starter. The Tigers can stretch their lead in the AL Central back to 5 games because of the Twins loss earlier today at St. Louis. The Tigers can move back to 10 games over .500 with a win which is a season high.
Last night with the Tigers clinging to a 1 run lead with one out and the bases loaded Magglio hit into an inning ending double play squadering the Tigers best chance to put the game away. There is a serious problem here, Ordonez needs to start getting those timely hits we are used to or I think its time to let him go. I know he cut his hair and he hit the eventual game winning home run two days ago against the Cubs which was great but he needs to snap to it and start driving in runs especially with the bases loaded. I was against rushing him back so soon especially because without him the Tigers were 4-0 but to me it just doesnt look like its working. I’ll be interested to see how he hits the rest of this series in Houston and hopefully he comes up big tonight and tomorrow.