Detroit Tigers Rely on Long Ball in Sweep over Kansas City Royals

Rudy TarkusContributor IIJuly 8, 2012

DETROIT, MI - JULY 08: Miguel Cabrera #24 and Prince Fielder #28 of the Detroit Tigers celebrate a win over the Kansas City Royals at Comerica Park on July 8, 2012 in Detroit, Michigan. The Tigers defeated the Royals 7-1. (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images)
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Over their last seven games, the Detroit Tigers have batted .296 with 10 home runs and 44 RBI, sending them back over the .500 mark for the first time since May 10th They now enter the All Star Break at 44-42.

Coming in to a weekend series against the Kansas City Royals, the Tigers were 41-42, having split a 4 game series with a struggling Minnesota Twins club. Many in Detroit began to wonder if the Tigers would be sellers or buyers at the trade deadline, given the team's recent struggles.

After winning their last five games and sitting two games over the .500 mark, it is now likely that GM David Dombrowski will be looking to add either a right-handed bat or starting pitcher.

Much of the worry this season came by way of an under-performing offense; the Tigers haven't gotten much out of the bottom of their lineup and their second base and designated hitter spots rank dead last in BA in the American League. With Miguel Cabrera, Prince Fielder and Delmon Young batting 3-4-5, the Tigers were expected to do some mashing this season in order to overcome their poor infield defense.

That hadn't happened until the last week.

Delmon Young has hit a home run in each of the last four games. Prince Fielder has hit three in his last four, and the Tigers received a welcome long ball from the very quiet bat of Jhonny Peralta in today's 7-1 win over Kansas City. 

Suddenly, the Tigers seem to need another bat much less than they did earlier in the season.

Jamie Samuelsen of the Detroit Free Press reports weighed in on the Tigers' needs. If it were up to him, Dombrowski would look for help from the Padres.

So the help needs to come from the bat of the Padres’ Carlos Quentin. He’s the biggest name with the biggest bat that’s currently on the market. So the asking price might be high. But the need is pretty high too.

But if this past week is any indication of what the Tigers will do during the second half of the season, it's more likely the Tigers would fill a bigger need by moving prospects for a starting pitcher or shoring up their middle-infield defense by adding a second basemen. 

Speculation aside, the last seven games have been a welcome return to success for Tigers fans. The question is, can the Tigers pick up where they left off after the All-Star break?