Day of Rest Well Deserved for Detroit Tigers
By Zac Snyder
May 12. If you’ve happened to look at the Detroit Tigers schedule you’ll notice something peculiar about today. This is the only day in the month of May that they are not scheduled to play a baseball game. The Tigers will not play today, and its a rest well deserved.
A series opening loss to the Yankees on May 2 extended the Tigers losing streak to seven games. Despite plummeting fan confidence the Tigers took just nine games to right that ship. It takes an awfully nice stretch of games to put together a .500 mark over the last 16 games when starting that stretch with seven consecutive losses. Having gone 8-1 in their last nine, the Tigers have matched a season best mark of two games over .500.
With two winning road trips they have already surpassed last season’s total of one. The team’s greatest downfall since their World Series year of 2006 has been their propensity to lose when away from Comerica Park. A few more wins here and there and we may be talking about the Tigers chasing down their fourth playoff appearance in six years. Still, with just the Cleveland Indians ahead of the Tigers in the AL Central standings its hard to not get excited about the possibilities that await the Tigers this summer.
Today is a day to take a deep breath and realize that this team isn’t as bad as they looked during their seven game losing streak and not as good as the 8-1 mark that followed. The truth lies somwhere in the middle, and that middle doesn’t look too bad.