Wednesday, June 03, 2009
Detroit Tigers Report(Games 41-50)
Every 10 games of the 2009 season I will be giving my opinion on how the Tigers are doing. Here is my review for games 41-50:
Last 10: 4-6
AL Central Standings
Team Record GB
1. Detroit Tigers 28-22 -
2. Minnesota Twins 26-27 3.5
3. Chicago White Sox 25-26 3.5
4. Kansas City Royals 23-28 5.5
5. Cleveland Indians 22-32 8.0
The last 10 games saw the start of interleague play and the end of the Tigers hot streak. After winning 7 consecutive games the Tigers finished off their last homestand with a series loss to the Colorado Rockies. Despite having a 4-3 road trip the Tigers are 4-6 in their last 10. One of the main problems the Tigers have been having is a very inconsistent lineup. One night they will light up the scoreboard and the next be completely dead. Pitching has been holding steady including a decent bounce back performance by Armando Galarraga. The Tigers also had the 2 top pitchers in the AL in the month of May(Justin Verlander and Rick Porcello).
June will be an interesting month for the Tigers. The month starts out with a homestand in which the Tigers will battle the Boston Red Sox and Los Angeles Angels. June also include a 5 game series against the Chicago White Sox, who have been playing better as of late. Some things to really watch out for are the progression of pitchers Dontrelle Willis and Armando Galarraga. They will be looking to right some of their recent struggles while a rehabing Jeremy Bonderman tries to work his way back to the Major Leagues.
AL Central Outlook:
Despite being 4-6 in their last 10 games the Tigers remain in 1st place by 3.5 games. The pesky Twins are still hanging around playing about .500 baseball. The next couple months will be interesting for the Twins who look like at any time they could hit a hot streak. Chicago has been playing much better coming into play today at 7-3 in their last 10. They moved up to a tie for 2nd in the standings after being 4th place a week ago. The Royals have had big time struggles as of late. Kansas City went from having some people believe they are really a contender to 4th place with a 2-8 stretch. It is becoming clear that some of the pitching staff was pitching way over their heads and Grienke cannot carry the team. Over in Cleveland the Indians still come in at 10 games under .500! Even though the Tribe have had some of the more exciting wins in recent memory they are 8 games back, and with the uncertain future of star Center fielder Grady Sizemore thing keep getting worse on the shores of Lake Erie.
Some Bright Spots:
Magglio Ordonez - Maggs looks like he is turning the corner. He recently had a 16 game hitting streak snapped but continues to get on base every game. Although the power has not been there, Maggs has been much better at the dish these last couple weeks.
Justin Verlander - JV had a great month of May. He posted a 5-0 record with a 1.52 ERA. After some of the early season struggles Justin seems to have planted himself firmly as the staff ace.
Rick Porcello - The youngster looked like everything but a rookie in the month of May with a record of 5-0 and a 1.50 ERA. With the 1-2 punch of Jackson and Verlander already well entrenched Porcello adds a 3rd element that opposing teams have to deal with.
Hanging in Limbo:
Armando Galarraga - A great April was followed by an awful May for Armando. His last couple starts do show some sign of life and improvement though.
Jeremy Bonderman - Bonderman continues to rehab in Triple A Toledo. Although he has shown some signs of progress, especially with his changeup, his velocity continues to be a concern.
Some areas of Concern:
Placido Polanco - Although Polanco remains a hard player to strikeout, he has not been getting his usual base hits. It appears as though he is pressing a little at the plate right now. With that being said, Polanco has continued to show a solid glove.
Bobby Seay - After a great month of April Bobby had a shaky May. He needs to step up and be the dependable late inning lefty that the Tigers have seen the last couple years.
Tigers Report Card:
Games 41-50: C+
By: Michael Lee