The Tigers limped in to the midway point last night, allowing 14+ runs on consecutive nights to the Mets, who are two games above .500 for the first time since April 5th. The Tigers pitching staff has been pummeled by the Mets, and change is coming. First of all, Schlereth was sent down last night and Villareal was called up. Secondly, Coke’s spot in the rotation is in flummox, and Furbush may be offered the spot. I would love to see Coke return to the pen, but I’m not sure that Furbush or Oliver at the 5 gives us a better chance every week. We’ll likely find out shortly.
It’s going to take a heroic effort from JV to tame Mets bats that have set a club record with 52 runs scored in 4 ball games. During that time, the Mets have 17,14, 18, and 20 hits, and are batting a ridiculous .404 as a team. Maybe we just caught them at the wrong time.
On the bright side of things, the Tigers enter game 82 5 games over .500, in a tie for first place, and get JV versus Mike Pelfrey today. Verlander’s last month+ has been epic. He’s 6-0 with a 0.72 ERA in his last six starts, and 8-0 with a 1.56 ERA in his last 10. Over his last six he’s allowed just 26 hits over 49 2/3 innings.
The Tigers have been something between bad and awful in the 2nd half under Leyland since he’s been here, and I’m not sure that he’s done anything to change that. On the other hand, even with all of their shortcomings the Tigers have the most talent in a pretty weak AL Central, and according to two odds predictors, they have the best chance of winning the Central. We should be in a pennant race for the next three months, and for us baseball junkies, we can’t really ask for anything more.