The Detroit Tigers have dropped four of their last five games, but this should be no cause for concern.
The Tigers lost the weekend series to the New York Yankees after losing two games in the final frame, but it’s what they did before then which should brighten their spirits. The Tigers tied both of those games in the ninth inning against the best closer in the history of the game. They showed serious resiliency to come from behind in the Bronx and tie games that were seemed out of reach.
They’ve also dropped the first two games of their current series to the Chicago White Sox. Once again, they added a couple of late runs to tie the score and force extra baseball.
Both of these opponents have one thing in common: neither of them will likely make the playoffs. The Tigers went on a serious tear recently, winning 12 straight games and sweeping the Cleveland Indians at their home field. The important thing at this point of the season is to make sure they are giving it everything they have against teams in the hunt and take every opportunity they can to give guys a day off.
When the four-game series with the Indians started, the Tribe was just three games behind the Tigers in the standings. After the Tigers’ recent skid, the Indians are still six games out of first place.
The other thing to consider is the Tigers’ upcoming series. They’ll play a five-game series with the Kansas City Royals starting Thursday. The Royals could do some serious damage to the Tigers’ lead if they were able to reel off a couple of games in Detroit, and the Tigers need to be ready to do whatever it takes to win the games that matter most.
The bottom line is, at this point in the season, the important games are the ones against teams who have a chance at getting to the playoffs or doing serious damage to the division lead. Fans shouldn’t be worried about the Tigers dropping the last two series. They’ll come around.