May 14, 2015; Detroit, MI, USA; Detroit Tigers shortstop Jose Iglesias (1) and right fielder Rajai Davis (20) celebrate after the game against the Minnesota Twins at Comerica Park. Detroit won 13-1. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports
There is an old saying that if you do not like the Michigan weather, wait five minutes and it will get better. One week ago, this column and many people in Detroit Tigers fandom saw the sky falling on top of the struggling team. A 2-4 week, the team’s first losing week of the season, seemed to spell certain doom.
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Then along comes this past week and all is right in the world once again. The Tigers’ finally saw some hot hitting, good starting pitching, except for Kyle Lobstein, still effective relief pitching and sparkling defense. It led to Detroit winning four of their six games last week, taking two of three in each series against two of the hottest teams in baseball.
Early in the week, the Tigers took care of the Twins, which is not something that can be scoffed at and brushed under the rug anymore. Minnesota sits just two games behind Detroit for second place with a record of 21-17. They have gone 2-7 against the Tigers and 19-10 against the rest of their opponents.
Over the weekend Detroit went to face the team with the best record in baseball in their home and put together two solid wins to start the series. It was the first time since 2013 that the Cardinals had lost a home series. Though they couldn’t get the sweep in the series finale, they played a very good game against a good opponent.
So the week was good for the Detroit Tigers as a unit, but what about individual players?
Pouring over the individual stats for the week of May 11 through 17, there was really only a couple negatives. Lobstein’s bad outing and Angel Nesbitt and Tom Gorzelanny being hit a bit in Friday’s game were really the only negative, but those were small sample sizes.
So for the first time, we will go all heroes in the column.
Interesting note before starting the slide show, of all players on the Tigers with 10 or more at-bats, every single one of them were at or above .300.
Let’s hope it’s not a fleeting thing and the hot bats continue.
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