The Detroit Tigers have won five in a row after completing a three-game series sweep over the Royals with a 3-1 victory on Sunday.
With five consecutive wins including the sweep of Kansas City, the Detroit Tigers are absolutely on fire as of late. The Tigers seem to be beginning to click both offensively and defensively and are showing signs of being a team capable of much more than fans initially expected. In the sweep of the Royals, there was one Tiger who stood out with clutch performances all weekend, and that man is Christin Stewart.
After I profiled him in “Get to Know New Faces on the Opening Day Roster,” Stewart was the Opening Day hero for Detroit with his extra innings home run helping to give the Tigers a first victory of the season but then fell into a bit of a slump. In fact, the rookie failed to record a hit between Opening Day and the Tigers home opener against Kansas City on Thursday. However, once inside the friendly confines of Comerica Park, the young outfielder flipped a switch and showed us all why he’s Detroit’s most exciting rising star to watch.
In Thursday’s home opener, Stewart recorded a double for his first hit since Opening Day. More importantly, he came in clutch with a sacrifice fly in the bottom of the eighth inning which stretched the Tigers’ lead to two runs and ended up being the key insurance run in a 5-4 victory.
That sac fly would be far from the end of Stewart’s clutch efforts for the series. Detroit found itself down 4-3 to KC in the bottom of the seventh on Saturday when Stewart launched his first career grand slam. The four RBIs he would collect of that one bomb to right field would be the game winners as the Tigers won yet again 7-4.
Stewart once again played Mr. Clutch in Sunday’s series finale. With an RBI triple in the second and a two-RBI single in the sixth, he was responsible for bringing in all of Detroit’s runs in the 3-1 victory.
Through the team’s first ten games, Stewart’s leads Detroit with ten RBIs, but his most valuable asset has been the ability to come through in the clutch. The rookie has played a major role in calming Tigers fans’ nerves about the team’s lack of offensive production to start the season.
The week-long slump between Opening Day and Thursday could be cause for a little bit of concern when it comes to consistency, but overall there’s a whole lot to like about Christin Stewart. If the “Who’s Your Tiger?” campaign was still a thing, this young man could be on his way to being a popular pick amongst Detroit fans.
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