The Detroit Tigers were beginning to wonder when they were ever going to score a run again. After being shutout on Sunday and for the first six innings on Monday’s game against the Boston Red Sox the floodgates finally opened in the 7th inning on an Andy Dirks RBI triple, and the Tigers got the win they desperately needed 3-0. The win now moves them just a half game behind the Red Sox for best record in the American League, and while the Tigers should feel pretty safe in their ability to make the playoffs the difference between hosting and traveling throughout the playoffs cannot be overstated especially given the Tigers’ propensity to play better at home. Yeah, I said propensity.
The last few days should quiet those who said the Tigers may be better at times without Miguel Cabrera because it forces them to pick up more slack and have more accountability. For brief stretches that may be true, but overall without Miguel Cabrera this offense really struggles to get its feet off the ground or have that bat it can consistently count on for run production. Luckily the Tigers found a way to scratch a few runs out of the air in the end, but a lot of credit in this win needs to be given to Doug Fister who managed to get out of several dangerous jams and hold a very talented Boston Red Sox lineup to zero runs in seven innings. It was a flash of the old Doug Fister that had been missing in the last month or so.
Now the Tigers head into tomorrow with their new ace Max Scherzer looking for win number 20, but the big point will be taking another game away from the Red Sox. Home field throughout the entirety of the playoffs isn’t too much of a crazy notion now, and although there have been more ups and downs to this Tigers season than a Taylor Swift relationship, the Tigers now have a chance to put themselves in the best position of all. Today was a major step in the right direction.