The Detroit Tigers ended their seven game home stand with a loss to the New York Yankees on Thursday afternoon. Although the Tigers had lost two straight games to cap of the home stand, there was a lot of positives over the seven games.
The offense really came alive, and was hard to keep down. The Tigers’ offense scored 57 runs in just seven games, and was a nightmare for opposing starting pitchers.
Perhaps the best example was game three of the series against the Indians. The Indians were trying to avoid nine straight loses and had Chris Perez on the mound trying to lock down another save against the Tigers. He retired the first two batters he faced before the Tigers dropped a five spot on him, that featured a Miguel Cabrera walk off home run.
In game three of the series with the Yankees, the Tigers were down seven runs at one point. They had managed to bring the deficit back down to just a single run by grinding out at bat, after at bat. If the Tigers’ offense can continue to play like this in Texas, they should be in great shape.
Omar Infante was another big positive. Infante started to bust out in the last two games at Fenway. He would collect 13 hits — including two home runs- and 10 RBIs over the seven game home stand. Infante really looked like the player Dave Dombrowski hoped he was trading for.
Starting pitching was really good this series. Minus Anibal Sanchez’s second start and Max Scherzer’s start; the starting pitching was outstanding. Justin Verlander had a 14 strike out game. Doug Fister took a perfect game into the sixth inning in his first start, while pitching a complete game. Anibal Sanchez only allowed one earned run in six innings during his home debut, and Rick Porcello only allowed three earned runs in 6.2 innings pitched against the Yankees.
The only downfalls of the series was poor bullpen pitching. Joaquin Benoit continues to struggle to keep the ballpark. Giving up four more home runs. Phil Coke also continues to struggle to shut teams down. And Jose Valverde still gives Tigers fans heart attacks every time he steps onto the mound.
In the series the Tigers will have Max Scherzer facing off against Scott Feldman in game one. Justin Verlander looks to follow up his 14 strikeout performance against Derek Holland in game two. Rick Porcello wraps up the series against the struggling Yu Darvish.
If the Tigers continue to play the way they did on their past home stand, some good things are bound to happen.
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