The Tigers start the week at .500 with a 17-17 record. Not really what they were looking for at this point I am sure, however, they are still only one game behind the division leading Cleveland Indians, who have lost three in a row. After a 3-4 West Coast trip, the Tigers head back towards home on Monday to take on the Chicago White Sox for a quick two game set in Chicago. Wednesday, the Tigers come back to Comerica Park for two quick games against the hapless Minnesota Twins, and then starting Friday, the Tigers begin inter-league play by hosting the Pittsburgh Pirates for a three game set.
It’s difficult to say with certainty, the way the Tigers offense is sputtering, that the week ahead looks to be an opportunity to get on track, but at the very least, the Minnesota Twins pitching staff looks inviting. Hopefully the bats can get going as they head into the weekend against the Pirates, who are also offensively challenged as well.
The good part of the Tigers so far, the starting pitching, looks to continue their strong start against three offensive squads that are struggling. Drew Smyly gets the Tigers going on Monday night against John Danks of the White Sox. The White Sox are 17th in all of baseball in runs scored, while the Twins are 28th, and the Pirates are dead last.
Despite the fans nervousness, the Tigers are in the driver’s seat still. They are clearly under performing, and have the most room to improve in the Central Division.
Still, it’s time for them to get going…and I think they will this week.