Saturday, August 02, 2008

Tigers back to .500

A little while back, the Tigers climbed to .500 for the first time and it felt like they were on a roll. Now, after their third straight loss, a 9-3 drubbing at the hands of the Rays, the Tigers are back at .500 and it feels like a downward spiral. The Tigers continue to tease their fans staying within striking distance (6 1/2 games behind) of the White Sox and Twins but it's getting harder and harder to be optimistic about a team that can't seem do anything against the stronger teams in the league.

It was a strange game for Kenny Rogers tonight. He struck out eight batters in 3 1/3 innings but got pounded for 7 runs on 6 hits and 4 walks. He has now given up 12 runs in his last two games and his ERA has climbed to 4.98.

In general, their pitching staff is a mess as Nate Robertson has an ERA over 6.00 and even Justin Verlander has failed the last two times out. Nobody needs to be reminded that they have no reliable relievers. The latest news on Joel Zumaya is that he is in pain again. They have not found anything seriously wrong but it sounds to me like it might be smart to shut him down for a while. On a positive note, Kyle Farnsworth made his first appearance for the Tigers tonight and pitched a perfect eighth.

The hitting star tonight was Miguel Cabrera who went three for three with a walk. Cabrera is now batting .348/.388/.634 in 115 at bats since July 1. His 1.022 OPS during that time is sixth in the league.

The Tigers will try to salvage one victory in this series when Armando Galarraga faces James Shields tomorrow afternoon.

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