Detroit Tigers: Week 9 Heroes and Zeroes

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Are you a glass half full or a glass half empty Detroit Tigers’ fan?

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If you are a glass half full person, you are likely ecstatic over the Detroit Tigers’ two-game winning streak, but if you’re a half empty fan, you are glaring at the 2-8 over this team’s last 10 games.

The Tigers ended the week with a very encouraging pair of victories. These were encouraging for a number of reasons. They received good starting pitching (Alfredo Simon eventually settled down on Sunday), finally some meaningful hitting and showed resolve after losing an incredible heart-breaker on Friday night in which they were one out from ending their long losing streak.

The team and fans had to wait 24 hours for the streak to end as David Price put the team on his back and earned a complete game victory. The offense scored 13 runs in the last two games, which was more than they had scored in the other four games this past week.

So hopefully the lineup is coming around and it is not simply a mirage, but with a 2-4 week, there are still fewer heroes than zeroes on our list.

One player that did not make the cut on the heroes list was Tyler Collins. The utility outfielder knew he would not be receiving many at-bats when he was called up a few weeks ago, but recently has made the most of his chances, posting a .385/.429/.769 slash line over the past seven days. Because of his limited appearance he did not make the cut, but should be recognized for giving the Tigers some much needed pop off the bench.

Let’s get rolling through the slide show, starting with the first of our two heroes.

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