Javier Báez gives Detroit Tigers fans an Opening Day to remember, the umpires are passing the mic and more in this week’s MCB Sunday Notes.
Welcome to week five of the Sunday “MCB Notes”, a recap of all things Detroit Tigers & MLB and anything else that catches our eye. This week’s recap includes Opening Day in Detroit, the AL Rookie of the Year chase will be stacked and previewing the upcoming series against the Boston Red Sox.
Comerica Park was electric on Friday
Getting down to the ballpark early on Friday morning provided to be beneficial as Tigers fans did not mind the cold to come celebrate one of the most celebrated holidays in Michigan, Opening Day (a holiday that should be legal in Michigan)
The Tigers bullpen gave Detroit a chance to come back, holding Chicago just four hits over five scoreless innings. This set up one of the unique endings to a game, an umpire review. There are two reasons this was a great way to end the game. One is the theater that is created because this season, the umpires are using a microphone system to announce to the fans a decision on the play in question. Two, newcomer Javier Báez walked it off, his sixth of his career.
A Tigers killer is back at it again
Tim Anderson was back for Chicago this afternoon and continued his reign against Tigers pitching, going 3-for-5 with a pair of doubles.
Statlines of the weekend:
After going 4-for-10 with runners in scoring position on Friday, the Tigers went a combined 1-for-9 the last two games.
Austin Meadows had an impressive first three games in a Tigers uniform. He went 4-for-9 with three walks, finishing a slash line of .444/.584/.667.
Upcoming series: Boston Red Sox
Matt Manning will take the hill for the Tigers tomorrow as the Boston Red Sox come to town. Michael Wacha has just one career start against Detroit, which was back in September. He threw 5 innings, allowing one run on three hits and struck out six. The one run was off an Eric Haase home run in the 5th.