Tigers start strong but struggle late in series vs. Yankees, Rangers
The Detroit Tigers had one of their toughest weeks of the season this past week facing the New York Yankees and Texas Rangers. The Tigers started out great to begin the two series but struggled late. The Tigers are currently two games back of the Chicago White Sox for the American League Central lead.
Game one vs. the Yankees was exactly what the Tigers needed. On national TV and with Justin Verlander on the mound, the Tigers took game one 7-2. Verlander stole the show going eight innings, no earned runs, and struck out 14 batters. Every Tigers starter got a hit and seven different batters had an RBI.
Miguel Cabrera made the Yankees pay in game two, hitting a two-run double in the fifth inning. Cabrera finished with three RBI’s on the day as the Tigers won 6-5. Rick Porcello picked up his ninth win of the year and Jose Valverde got his 22nd save.
Anibal Sanchez appeared next and found himself down 7-0 to the Yankees very quickly. However, the Tigers didn’t quit and rallied and eventually found themselves down 8-7. Phil Coke then entered the game and gave up two-earned runs and the Tigers lost 12-8.
The next day Joaquin Benoit gave up two solo homeruns in the 8th inning to ruin the Tigers winning the series. The Tigers held a 3-2 lead before Benoit entered and the Yankees tied the series with a 4-3 win. Andy Dirks has shined since his return from the DL and had another RBI in this one.
The Tigers then traveled to Texas to take on the high-powered Rangers. Prince Fielder led the way in game one with three RBI’s after hitting his 20th homerun of the year. Max Scherzer went six innings giving up just two earned runs.
The Tigers then had two back-to-back awful performances. Dropping game two 2-1 and the Sunday game 8-3. The Tigers defense looked atrocious and the offense couldn’t come alive. The bullpen for the Tigers has been terrible as of late as Benoit and Brayan Villarreal have come down to Earth very quickly. Coke has been worse for the Tigers lately but is still seeing a good amount of appearances.
The Tigers have to make their move this week as they face the Minnesota Twins, who are currently last in the AL Central. The Tigers need to sweep the Twins and move onto the Baltimore Orioles for the weekend series.
The Twins should be a team the Tigers handle with ease and the Tigers are battling the Orioles for an AL Wild Card spot. It’s going to be a big week for the Tigers and one that should help them make their move in the division.