Wednesday, July 05, 2006

Tigers Pound Athletics

After being quiet for the first 2 games of the series, the Tigers bats came to life today as they defeated the Athletics 10-4. Kenny Rogers needed the hitting support as he had his third straight mediocre performance allowing 8 hits and 2 walks in 5 2/3 innings. He has now pitched fewer than 6 innings and allowed 4 or more runs in each of his last 3 starts. His ERA has gone from 3.17 to 3.85 during that span. Roman Colon helped to bail out Rogers by pitching 3 1/3 innings of scoreless relief.

Rogers got even more help from his offense which scored 10 runs on 13 hits after scoring a total of 4 runs in the first 2 games of the series. Chris Shelton got his team off to an early 2-0 lead with a two run single in the second. Shelton is still getting a lot of criticism from message board fans for his late spring slump but he has actually done well the past 3 weeks. Since June 15, he has batted .292/.375/.508 in 19 games.

A player who has slumped more recently is Craig Monroe. Monroe has batted .215/.220/.342 in 23 games since May 27. Going into todays's game, he was batting .246/.282/.449 for the season. Today, Monroe doubled, homered, scored 2 runs and had 2 RBI. The streaky Monroe typically does better in the second half. His monthly splits for 2003-2005 combined look like this:

April .691
May .708
June .711
July .798
August .920
September .799

Hopefully, today's game is a sign that he's ready to go on one of his good summer streaks.

Other players with multiple hit games were Ivan Rodriguez with 3 hits, and Curtis Granderson and Carlos Guillen with 2 apiece. Inge hit his team leading 17th home run of the year. It was a well balnced offensive attack today.

The Tigers get a day off tomorrow followed by a 3 game weekend series at Seattle. The three day all-star break starts on Monday. It was announced today that Magglio Ordonez will replace the ailing Manny Ramirez on the all-star roster. Ordonez joins Rodriguez and Rogers as Tiger all-star representatives. Those are not the three players I would have selected from the Tigers. I believe that three Tiger starters (Justin Verlander, Jeremy Bonderman and Nate Robertson) have outpitched Rogers and that two Tiger position players (Granderson and Guillen) have outperformed Ordonez and Rodriguez. The whole selection process is flawed but I won't complain much because it's really just an exhibition game and with the Tigers finally in a pennant race, the game seems even more insignifant than usual.


  1. A knock on Rogers is his tendency to slump in the second half of the season. Let's hope we're not seeing the first signs of that here.

    In some seasons, I'm sure it was the heat and humidity of Texas that had something to do with that. I'd have to look at stats for each season to see exactly how he's slumped. Maybe that's something you can whip up, Lee?

    Let's hope that all he gets is one All-Star inning, if that. A bit of rest from the rigors of starting will maybe do him some good.

  2. He doesn't always slump in the second half but he has the last couple of years. I'll try to take a look at that later especially if he continues to struggle.

  3. Agree about the AS game but the significance is the winner gets the home field advantage for the WS.

  4. The home field advantage thing was supposed to add some significance to the game and maybe it does. Still, it has the feel of an exhibition game to me. It doesn't seem as if the teams really play to win. It seems more like a showcase with the outcome determined as much by luck than anything else.

    I used to love the all star game when I was a kid becaue that was the only time I got a chance to see a lot of those players. But now with interleague play and so many regular games on television, the all star game has lost a lot of its luster.


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