Finally, the Tigers win a series, taking 2 out of 3 from the Pittsburgh Pirates over the week-end. Some timely hitting, good starting pitching and some decent bullpen work. That’s the formula that most “experts” were predicting when the season started. But before we start gushing, remember the Tigs have not had any sizable winning streak since early in April, and they are a long way from being the dominate club they are supposed to be.
It was interesting to see Jason Grilli the former Tiger, who is now a Pirate, get some work on Saturday. While his walks are still a little too high,…he has 27 strike outs in a little over 16 innings this year and an ERA around 2.25. A far cry from what he was when here.
Boy oh boy, was manager Jim Leyland grumpy this past week-end. He went into a tirade of “F” words when he was asked who the leaders were on this ballclub and then Sunday he was asked about his club being inconsistent he again barked. He told reporters he wouldn’t fall into “that trap” and that he’s going to remain upbeat and optimistic. Think he’s feeling the pressure????
This week should be interesting because the Tigers take on the division leading Indians in Cleveland. While it’s too early to call it a crucial series..they have to show the Tribe they are a force to be dealt with. Hopefully…Austin Jackson and Jose Valverde will be healthy enough to take part in the 3 game set.
I saw the Justin Verlander in person on Friday night, and he looked as good as I’ve ever seen him. While it was disappointing to see him miss out on his 3rd career no-hitter, there is no doubt in my mind he will eventually do it.