It’s not very often that you can lose both games of a double-header and still walk away with a series win, but that is exactly what the Detroit Tigers did by taking the other three games of the five-game series with the Kansas City Royals over the weekend.
The Royals came into Detroit trailing the Tigers by 7.5 games in the standings and leave town with an even bigger hill to climb. Now 8.5 games out of first place, they’ll have to go on a serious run if they want to get back in the hunt.
The series was close, but the Tigers held the trump card in Miguel Cabrera. He hit a walk-off home run Saturday to even the series and got the Tigers’ offense the kick-start they needed Sunday with a two-run home run in the first inning.
He’s on pace to improve on all three of his triple crown stats from last season and has been doing it recently while playing with a minor injury. He now has 40 home runs, 120 RBI and an absurd .360 batting average. He trails Chris Davis by four home runs but has been picking up the pace in that category lately.
Since Cabrera tweaked his hip, he appears to be looking to hit for power and concede infield outs. It may sound like he’s doing his team a disservice, but that is absolutely not the case. He usually doesn’t look to hit home runs, but without the ability to run at full speed, he is looking to hit the ball harder and it is working. He has hit nine home runs since the beginning of the month when the injury started to bother him.
The Tigers improved to 36-20 in the AL Central with the win, which is one of the biggest keys to winning your division. They’re running like a well-oiled machine and don’t look like they’ll cool off any time soon.