A collection of observations, links, and items of note from the last week:
How many times did we hear this year that the Tigers own the Twins, and the White Sox own the Tigers? Now a popular refrain is that the A’s are a more favorable first round opponent than the Yankees because the Yankees own the Tigers. (I’m not questioning that the A’s are more favorable, just the reasoning). Now did anybody notice that the Tigers went 7-7 over their last 14 games against those same White Sox who owned them. Or more troubling, that the Tigers went 8-8 over their last 16 games against those Twins who they owned?
As for the Tigers 2-5 record against the Yankees, keep in mind that 5 of those games were decided by 2 runs or less or went to extra innings. And as for that last series, the Tigers were outscored by a whopping 2 runs (11-9) over 3 games in the Bronx.
Since September 15th the Tigers have had 16 at-bats with the bases loaded, or a little more than one a game. During the mighty slump, spanning August 8th to September 14th (34 games) the Tigers only had 12 at-bats with the bases loaded.
I’m not even worried about how they did in those stretches. It’s all about the opporutunities.
You may have noticed in the top navigation I’ve added something called Features and removed Roster. I had a number of things to highlight, and I figured it was easier to do it all in one place.
Also, I posted the 2007 schedule earlier, but I understand there were some problems downloading it. This one should work much better for you. Given Jim Leyland’s recent comments though, I think it’s clear that he’d just assume it go away altogether.
Finally, thanks for your continued support and vigorous commenting. This has really been a lot of fun for me this year and I’m getting more visitors than I ever imagined I would.