Ahhh. Nothing spells relief quite like I-N-T-E-R-L-E-A-G-U-E.
It’s time for the Tigers’ summer vacation.
I’m usually not quite this confident about a team just barely over .500, but with the Buccos behind us and upcoming dates with Washington, Arizona and New York, it is kind of hard not to be.
The Tigers are 59-22 in interleague play since 2005. The Nats are average, the D-Backs sloppy and the Mets soft. The only real challenge will be NL East-leading Atlanta — followed closely by the Twins.
The Tigers have a chance to catch Minnesota if they can continue their annual annihilation of NL foes. The Twinkies just dropped two of three to the Braves and face a stubborn Colorado squad followed by a tough group of Phillies.
This is a great chance for the Tigs to get back on track.
It could be worse — much worse — but Minnesota continues to make it clear that .500 ball will not be enough to take the Central.
The Tigers finished up their AL play losing two of three to division rivals Kansas City and Chicago.
They are all but guaranteed a winning record over the next few weeks. They should emerge confident and ready to contend.
Outside of Armando Galarraga’s perfect game (plus one), the Tigers starting pitching has been, well, sad.
Justin Verlander is the only starter with a winning record, an unimpressive 7-4. Spot starters Eddie Bonine and Brad Thomas have a handful of wins each, but are not officially members of the rotation.
Some good outings and a dozen or so W’s could give the starting arms a little strength heading in the break.
Pack your sunblock. Don’t want to get burned …
About the Author
Written by Shane Liebler
Detroit native, Syracuse enthusiast, St. Bonaventure graduate, former reporter, higher editor @ SUNY Oswego.