Week three of the 2013 season was not a very good week for the Detroit Tigers. The Tigers got swept by the Los Angeles Angels of California or Anaheim or whatever they are called these days. They are on a four game losing streak and the offense has gone stone cold. Add to that a very weird first inning last Saturday where Rick Porcello gave up nine runs in an inning and only one ball was hit pretty well. Bad weeks happen in baseball and the very good news is, this team is coming back to Detroit this week where they are playing very well.
So here are the nuts and the bolts of it. The Tigers are now 9-9. They have lost 4 straight, and are just 5-5 over the last 10. Of course that is a record from the road for the most part. At home they are 4-2, away from Comerica Park they are just 5-7. Standings do not matter till the ivy at Wrigley Field turns green but to see where this team stands let’s point out they are in third place in the Division 1.5 games behind the Kansas City Royals who are their next opponents.
- Torii Hunter is flat out amazing. 29 hits for this team and he is hitting .392. Placido Polanco put the ball in play from the two hole. Hunter is flat out getting it done. If he and Austin Jackson continue to set the table, the Tigers will have two MVP candidates in their daily lineup. Of his 29 hits, 7 are doubles.
- Miguel Cabrera- it is easy to forget how dangerous a hitter he is because he goes about his craft is such a quiet way. Miguel is hitting .355 with 27 hits and 18 RBI.
- Doug Fister- Doug is 3-0 with a .267 ERA, and 17 strike outs. He and Anibal Sanchez have been outstanding so far in 2013.
- Rick Porcello- The Tigers front office may have made a large mistake not trading this kid when he was hot during spring training. Try and put Saturday’s horrific loss out of your mind as he made only one large error in that 9 -hit -9 run fiasco. Porcello is what he is, and he is 0-2 with a 11.08 ERA. So much for having good trade value.
- Victor Martinez- Victor’s numbers are not great but his value to the team is. Getting Prince Fielder more shots at good pitches. However, he is hitting just .167 with 11 hits. That simply is not good enough.
- The Bullpen- until something is done, the bullpen is likely to be a weekly feature of our week in review.
And the Don Kelly:
- Kelly has seen action in 10 games,and is hitting a very Don Kelly like .105. For the record, two hits and four strike outs.