PREGAME: Another day game on Fox, another Twins starter the Tigers struggle against. This time it’s Scott Baker.
Nate Robertson is on the mound for Detroit. He went 9 innings of excellent work against the Mariners. But the start prior to that the Twins handed him his worst start of the year and the only one in which he allowed more than 5 runs this season.
Game Time 3:55
POSTGAME: Another one run loss to the Twins. I don’t have a lot to say. One point I will make is that I don’t usually get too upset about strikeouts. It’s just another out right? And the Tigers team isn’t particularly prone to fanning (9 AL teams have whiffed more often). But in this series the Tigers have saved their strikeouts when they mattered most.
Thursday we Jeff Larish and Pudge Rodriguez K in the 9th inning with the winning run 90 feet away.
Friday it was Thames and Rodriguez each striking out with men on second.
Today it was Granderson fanning with a runner on second and 1 out in the third. Miguel Cabrera struck out with 2 men on and nobody out in the 8th. And then in the 9th Sheffield, Larish (who’s last 3 at-bats have come against Nathan. How much fun is that?), and Granderson all fanned.
Their clutch striking out the last 3 games, all one run losses, has been demoralizing to say the least.