Detroit Tigers: Last Week’s 5 Heroes and Zeroes

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Apr 26, 2015; Detroit, MI, USA; Detroit Tigers manager Brad Ausmus (7) and second baseman Ian Kinsler (3) celebrate after the game against the Cleveland Indians at Comerica Park. Detroit won 8-6. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

The Detroit Tigers had an up and down week for the first time in the season’s third week, but finished up strong.

They began the week with another sparkling performance from Alfredo Simon and scored late to claim a 2-1 victory over the New York Yankees on Monday. That game had a feel of “stealing” a victory from the Evil Empire and set Detroit up for a very good shot for at least winning three of four considering the favorable pitching matchups in the next two games, but that did not go to plan.

The Tigers’ light hitting and a disaster from David Price caused the exact opposite to happen as the Tigers dropped the final three games of that series.

Moving on the Cleveland Indians, Shane Greene faltered early and often, and it was just too much for the Tigers pitchers on Friday. Two strong performances and a rejuvenated offense helped to win the Cleveland series, restore the Tigers into first place and finish the home stand at 5-5.

So let’s take a look at who performed well (heroes) and who did not answer the bell (zeros) for the just completed week of April 20 to 26.

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