45-42, 3rd place, 3.5 games back.
They just keep winning and winning. The guys are playing some of their best baseball of the year right now, and have a lot of people thinking that the post season is a real possibility.
Unfortunately, those words could have been written about the Indians, White Sox, or Tigers. During this 6 game winning streak, the White Sox have only lost once, and over the last 10 games, the Indians and White Sox are both 7-3 to the Tigers’ 8-2. As a result, the Tigers have only been able to pick up 1 game since last week.
So we just gotta keep winning.
Max Scherzer gets the call today, looking for his 6th straight QS. Over his previous 5 outings, Mad Max is 3-1, he’s allowed just 9 ER in 33 innings (2.45 ERA), and has posted 41 Ks against only 9 BBs with a 1.00 WHIP. Look for Leyland to scold Max for striking out too many.
With the trade deadline approaching, there will be an increased focus on filling team holes. Even before Smyly’s most recent injury, another starter had to be on a shopping list that includes a 2B (is Infante much of an upgrade over Santiago?), and maybe a left handed bat since Boesch can’t seem to get anything going.
Problem is that there increased demand will increase prices (remember that there is an extra wild card spot this year) and the Tigers don’t have a ton of chips to begin with. Henning wrote a nice piece on Thursday which discussed some potential trade pieces.
A few notes:
– AJax hit streak is at a career high 16 games. Using WAR and wRC+, he’s a legitimate 1st half MVP candidate.
– Smyly to the DL retroactive to July 7th, Marte up. Turner likely to pitch on Tuesday.
– Tigers haven’t been shutout in 155 games now, the previous club record was 110.
Today’s Series Clinching Lineup:
1. Jackson, CF
2. Santiago, 2B
3. Cabrera, 3B
4. Fielder, 1B
5. Young, DH
6. Peralta, SS
7. Raburn, 2B
8. Laird, C
9. Berry, LF