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3 encouraging signs from the Detroit Tigers’ sweep of the Orioles

DETROIT, MICHIGAN - MAY 15: Tarik Skubal #29 of the Detroit Tigers delivers a pitch against the Baltimore Orioles during the top of the first inning at Comerica Park on May 15, 2022 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Nic Antaya/Getty Images)
DETROIT, MICHIGAN - MAY 15: Tarik Skubal #29 of the Detroit Tigers delivers a pitch against the Baltimore Orioles during the top of the first inning at Comerica Park on May 15, 2022 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Nic Antaya/Getty Images) /
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DETROIT, MICHIGAN – MAY 13: Miguel Cabrera #24 of the Detroit Tigers hits a RBI double in the third inning against the Baltimore Orioles at Comerica Park on May 13, 2022 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Mike Mulholland/Getty Images) /

3. The offense finally showed signs of life

What a welcome sight this weekend was for the bats. Coming into the series, they had just 12 homers as a team this season. They hit four in this series, hitting at least one in every game.

The team started to drive the ball more. Miguel Cabrera had a monster series, going 6-for-9 with four extra-base hits, including two home runs. The other homers belonged to Eric Haase and Willi Castro, respectively. Castro has had a nice stretch as of late, although his .359 BABIP suggests he is getting very lucky.

The hits were timely as well, with the team going 5-for-18 with RISP in the series.

There is still work to be done. Spencer Torkelson is still struggling mightily, and Javier Baez continues to roll the ball over at an alarming rate.

But this offense has been undeniably awful to start the season. This series was the first time all season where these hitters actually looked like they knew what they were doing up there.

This team still has their issues. The infield defense is still a problem, and the injuries have started to pile up even more with Victor Reyes and Austin Meadows both leaving Sunday’s game. Reyes had just come off the IL from a left quad strain, only to strain his right quad.

This team needed something to feel good about, and with a tough nine-game road trip coming up, hopefully this sweep gets them in a groove.

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