“I’m quite a ways away,” Leyland said, “but at the same time pretty close.”
Martinez has three homers in the last four games. He does not put too much stock in the sudden power surge.
Victor Martinez helped the Detroit Tigers overcome the struggles of Joe Nathan.
“Hopefully we can have him ready for the game back in Boston,” Leyland said. “Whether we’re going to have that or not, I don’t really know.”
Always one to deliver in big-game, high-drama moments, though, Cabrera broke his homerless streak Thursday with a two-run bomb that gave the Tigers a lead they would never relinquish.
In the postseason, weaknesses get exposed quickly. Sometimes they can be corrected. Sometimes a team just has to live with them and do the best it can, and that is the situation for this Detroit Tigers team.
Powerful as it is, the Detroit Tigers offense sometimes hits the skids. It might blow the doors off an opposing defense, or it might suffer through a prolonged scoreless streak.
It’s a bad sign for the Tigers that the most explosive part of the ALDS so far happened as a result of a foul ball.
Some fans still withhold forgiveness from Detroit Tigers shortstop-turned-left fielder Jhonny Peralta for violating Major League Baseball’s anti-drug policy.
A year ago at this time, all Victor Martinez could do was watch.