Game 37: Tigers at Indians

PREGAME: The Tigers try to complete the sweep, extend their winning streak, and try to stop another trend. The Tigers have yet to win the last game of a homestand or road trip.

Mike Maroth shut out the Indians the last time the two sides squared off, also on a holiday (Easter) and also on a Sunday. He’ll be opposed by Jason Johnson, who I would really like to see the Tigers beat.

Curtis Granderson played in his 88th game without an error last night. That matches the longest string for a Tiger player to start his career errorless since Danny Bautista from 1993-1995.

Happy Mother’s Day to any of my readers who are mothers!

POSTGAME: Don’t look now – actually do look now – but the Tigers are tied for first place, sort of. They aren’t any games back, but the White Sox have the edge in winning percentage.

I didn’t see the game in its entirety due to Mother’s day obligations, but from what I did see Mike Maroth was once again very effective. The Jason Johnson that pitched today was the one that we saw the first half of 2005. He kept the ball down, and induced a ton of groundballs.

If you caught the FSN Detroit broadcast, you probably heard that this was the Tigers first ever sweep at Jacobs Field. This marked the end of another productive road trip and elevated their road record to a remarkable 16-7. The Tigers have now played 23 of their 37 games on the road.

4 Comments

  1. Steve

    May 14, 2006 at 2:00 pm

    Well the beat goes on. Tigers looking good through 7. My wife took my mother to a local festival. how about that for a happy mothers day !!!. While they are toiling at the festival I am keeping an eye on the Tigers.

    Steve

  2. Tony

    May 14, 2006 at 4:12 pm

    I don’t know if it is Leyland, maturation, or just better overall talent, but these last few games are the type that we would have lost the last couple of years. It’s nice to see the shoe on the other foot. I read Neyer a lot and he’s always saying how luck can be the difference between 1st place and 4th place…maybe we’re due.

  3. Kyle J

    May 15, 2006 at 1:35 pm

    Baseball Prospectus has a nice little (free) write-up on the Tigers’ start. They make a good point that this is actually a fairly old team that has to thinking about trying to win now (although Bonderman, Verlander, and Zumaya are enough to be fairly optimistic about the future, too). Impressive statement: “They are the only team in the majors to have received above-replacement level performance from every pitcher they

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    November 28, 2007 at 4:54 am

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