Wednesday, September 27, 2006

Tigers Lose Home Run Derby

The Tigers lost to the Blue Jays 7-4 tonight in a game which was dominated by the long ball. There were 7 home runs in the game, 4 by the Blue Jays and 3 by the Tigers, and all but one (the final Blue Jay run) were scored on home runs. All of the Blue Jay homers came off of Nate Robertson who gave up 6 runs and 10 hits in 4 2/3 innings.

This was likely Robertson's last start before the playoffs. If so, he would finish the season with a 3.84 ERA which is a big improvement over 4.90 in 2004 and 4.48 in 2005. Unfortunately, he was plagued by poor run support for the 2nd straight year and finished with a very unrepresentative 13-13 record. I'm sure he won't mind if I remind everyone that won/loss record is not the best measure of pitching performance.

Despite tonight's loss, the Tigers remained a game in front of the Twins and lowered their magic number to 3 games. Remember, if they finish in a tie with the Twins, they will win the division title by virtue of their better head to head record. The Twins lost to the Royals 6-4 tonight. The Yankees pounded the Orioles 16-5 to go a game up on the Tigers in the race for the league's best record.

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