Tuesday, April 21, 2009

News and notes

Detroit won two games in Seattle without hitting a homer. Last year, the Tigers won only 13 games in which they failed to go yard. That was the second-lowest total in the AL.

Magglio Ordonez is looking for his first extra base hit, and the Tigers visit to the LA Angels might be the remedy. Ordonez has a .630 slg percentage in 43 games at Angel Stadium, the third highest mark among active players.

Since the start of 2007, the Tigers have averaged 6.08 runs per game against the AL West. It is the best in the AL.

Detroit has produced at least 8 hits in each of its first 12 games this season. It is the club's longest such streak since 1954.

Over the last 10 games, a span of 27.2 innings, the Tigers' bullpen has posted a 1.95 ERA and held foes to a .172 batting average.

Armando Galarraga pitches for the Tigs tonight. Since joining Detroit's rotation last year, Galarraga has limited opponents to 7.55 hits per game and a .224 batting average. Those numbers rank fourth and third, respectively, in the AL.

The Tigers (7-5) are 2-3 when scoring 4 runs or less, 1-1 when scoring 5 runs, and 4-1 when scoring 6 or more runs. They have scored no fewer than 2 runs in any game. Now, to flip it, Detroit is 7-0 when allowing 4 or fewer runs, which makes it 0-5 when allowing 5 or more. The staff has given up 2 or fewer runs five times.

Detroit has already posted two shutouts this season -- equaling its total from 2008.

The Angels were swept in Minnesota over the weekend and are struggling in the wake of Nick Adenhart's death. "That tragedy knocked us down," Angels centerfielder Torii Hunter told the Orange County (Ca.) Register last week. "You can tell guys are trying to find it. You can feel the energy is kind of low in the clubhouse right now."

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