Take a look at the 5 games of the losing streak:
Game 1: Tigers take a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the 2nd inning. Minnesota scores 2 in the top of the 3rd.
Game 2: Tigers tie the game in the bottom of the 6th at 1-1. In the top of the 7th the Twins take the lead 2-1. In the bottom of the 7th the Tigers take the lead 2 with 2 runs. In the top of the 8th they give it right back.
Game 3: Okay, the Tigers never scored in this one.
Game 4: The Tigers score 3 to take a 3-0 lead in the top of the 5th inning. The White Sox score 3 in the bottom of the 5th.
Game 5: The Tigers put up 1 in the first. The White Sox get it right back.
If it seemed like the Tigers were never playing with the lead over the last 5 games, it’s because they weren’t. Sure they went ahead a few times. But, at no point during the last 5 games have the Tigers held a lead until their next at-bats. The Tigers pitching and defense managed to give back the lead the very next half inning each and every time. Even in the 2 instances where the Tigers eliminated a deficit, the lead was immediately returned to the opposition.
I don’t know if momentum plays any sort of role in baseball. What I do know is that the Tigers didn’t get to experience it at all over the last 5 games. It was especially refreshing to see Nate Robertson come out after being spotted 3 first inning runs and keep the Red Sox off the board in the first inning.