Nate Robertson – you, good sir, deserve something better than a no-decision after that nice little performance. You gave us nine innings, threw exactly 100 pitches, only allowed one run, and yet all the Tigers could get you was one run in exchange. Thankfully, Zoom Halen, Freddy Solid, Aqua Velva, and the TJE then combined for six innings of shut out relief work. Sadly, it took the M’s inserting a back-up catcher as their pitcher for the Tigers to finally get run number two across the plate. And with that, a rather disappointing week in the land of the Tilde came to a close. A 1-2 trip to the Hefty Bag followed with a 2-2 split at SafeCo field against the AL’s worst team – granted the M’s have been playing much better of late, but the fact remains we only got a split in spite of four solid performances from the starters.
A 3-4 week puts the Tiggers right back at an even .500 at 44-44. The White Sox have continued to keep on winning and now hold a seven game advantage again. The Twins are six in front of the D. Monday is a day off, but the Tigs have a great chance to head into the All Star Break on the right foot starting on Tuesday. Two games against the Indians with no chance of seeing Cliff Lee. Sabathia was slated to start against Detroit, but he’ll be busy getting a new place in Milwaukee. And then it’s time for a very important 4 game set with the Twins. Most important thing about that series? Why, obviously it’s the Pants Party on Saturday.
Time for the Tigers to get it back together on this six game home stand and to head into the ASB with a winning record.
Also, congrats to Carlos Guillen for being named to the All Star Team. While, we remain convinced that The TIlde would have been the representative had he been healthy, we salute Carlos for a fine first half.