So, we’ve survived what, 60, 65% of the season? I’m a Central grad so I don’t do math real good like. Either way, we’re past the 100 game mark and the bats FINALLY seem to be grooving at the same time. The Tigers are a season-high three games over the break even mark at 52-49. During the Dark Times Without Tilde, our heroes held the line as best they could and pulled out a 7-7 record during the 14 games stretch. Since the return of the Tilde, the Tigers are 5-2 and have no business not being 6-1 (or 7-0) to be perfectly honest. Nate, as much as I love the guy, and I are fighting after last Saturday’s blow up in Ballmer. And the bullpen and I weren’t on much better terms. But, a 3 game stomping of the Royals can put things in perspective and we find ourselves feeling much better about things again. Which is good, because Nate is up again tomorrow against
THE WHITE SOX.
BOOOOO. HISS. BOOOOOOO.
The Fightin’ Tildes are back within striking distance, and as long as there isn’t a sweep on the wrong end of the broom, they’ll stay that way regardless of the outcome of the series. Of course, if the Tigers manage to sweep they’ll only be 2.5 back. Win 2 of 3 – 4.5 back. Lose 2 of 3 – 6.5 back. So, yeah, can’t afford to get swept here. After a couple of rough starts, Nate should be due to hit “7 innings, 5 hits, 2 runs, 5 strikeouts” on the Maddening Inconsistency Scale tomorrow. Or he’ll continue to get shelled. Thankfully, JV seems to be all kinds of in the zone and will hopefully stay there. The series will wrap up Sunday with Zach Miner making his 2nd start of the season in a matchup against Javier Vazquez. Here’s hoping Zach gives us another great performance.
So, this weekend holds a lot of promise, no? Will the Big Tilde and his super sidekick, the Mig Tilde continue raking? Will Sheff’s bat keep hitting the ball hard? Will Matt Joyce ever get a proper nickname? Who has Leyland’s Marlboro Reds?
Tune in all weekend and find out the answers…and more!