Although it was a bad day for the Tigers today, they can hold their heads high after going 6-3 on a western swing. They took 2 of 3 from the Oakland Athletics, swept the Seattle Mariners in 3 games, and took 1 of 3 from the Angels. Here is a brief re-cap of the trip:
- They outscored their opponents 33-25 and did not give up more than 4 runs in any game.
- Their whole starting staff was superb: A 2.69 ERA in 60 1/3 inning pitched allowing just 39 hits and 21 walks.
- The bullpen continued to shine and is now a perfect 7 for 7 in save opportunities for the season.
- Offensively they struggled batting just .240/.319/.341 with 20 extra base hits in the 9 games.
- Magglio Ordonez heated up a little bit hitting .342 with 4 doubles and a home run. Getting him back anywhere close to his old productivity would be a huge boost.
- Curtis Granderson batted .290 with 7 walks for a .421 OBP. Curtis just may be the best all around player on the team right now.
- On the negative side, Chris Shelton fell back to earth batting just .138 with no extra base hits.
- The designated hitter trio of Alexis Gomez, Marcus Thames and Omar Infante batted .121 which actually made me long for Dmitri Young's return which should be soon - possibly this weekend.
- The 13-9 Tigers are now two games off the pace of 1993 team after the same number of games. The 1993 team was 15-7 and in first place after 22 games.