Friday, May 02, 2008

Farewell to the House

For the first time in my lifetime, the Tigers swept a 3-game series in Yankee Stadium. The last time Detroit took 3 in the Bronx was at the start of the 1966 season, and my place on earth wasn't secured until the fall. Unless the teams meet in the playoffs, it will be the Tigs final trip to Yankee Stadium.

Detroit has won 8 of 10. The Tigers are 14-2 when scoring 5 or more runs; 0-13 when scoring 4 or less.
Miguel Cabrera has hit in 17 of 18 and is slugging .647 during that time. He has 5 HR and 20 RBI in those games. Ramon Santiago, in 24 AB, has 9 hits, 5 for extra bases including his first HR since 2003.
Armando Galarraga looks to win his 3rd consecutive game when Detroit visits Minnesota tonight. Galarraga could become the first Tigers rookie starter since Pat Underwood in 1979 to win his first three decisions.
The Tigers have received only 6 quality starts this season, but are 5-1 in those games. The bullpen has done well, and should be better with addition of Francisco Cruceta. The bullpen has allowed 19 of 53 inherited runners to score, which is a decent mark. The relievers have a 1.10 ERA over the last 13 games.
Detroit is batting .316/.404/.584 in wins and .219/.305/.299 in losses.
Brandon Inge and Santiago (primarily) have helped the Tigers post an .868 OPS in the No. 9 spot in the batting order. It's been the most productive spot outside of No. 4 (.921) and No. 5 (.901), which are occupied by Magglio Ordonez and Miguel Cabrera.

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