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Detroit Tigers: Weekend Update, July 3, 2009

DETROIT - OCTOBER 22:  Paws, the mascot of the Detroit Tigers fires up the crowd against the St. Louis Cardinals during Game Two of 2006 World Series October 22, 2006 at Comerica Park in Detroit, Michigan. The Tigers defeated the Cardinals 3-1 to tie the series 1-1.  (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
Matt SCorrespondent IJuly 3, 2009

Greetings, salutations, and happy Independence weekend fellow Tiger fans! Today I begin a (hopefully) weekly series chronicling the exploits of our boys of summer.

Looking back:

The last week was not particularly kind to the Tigers, who dropped two series against two very beatable teams.

That makes the Tigers starting pitchers 1-3 on the week, but the hitters can’t escape blame, the Motor City Kitties were outscored 31-16.

On the bright side, Armando Galarraga has started to give the boys a chance to win. Wins have come in each of the last three games that Armando has toed the slab.

Looking forward:

Minnesota, and the dreaded baggie dome, is the next stop on the Tiger tour. The Twinkies currently sit three games back of Detroit in the Central Division (tied with Chicago), but hold a 4-1 season series lead against the Olde English D (3-0 within the friendly confines of the H.H.H Metrodome).

This is exactly the type of series that Detroit has not been successful in over the past few seasons and it is imperative for Detroit to have a good showing this weekend.

  • Friday @Minnesota: Luke French (0-0, 0.00) vs. Kevin Slowey(10-3, 4.41)
  • Saturday @Minnesota: Edwin Jackson (6-4, 2.49) vs. Francisco Liriano (4-8, 5.62)
  • Sunday @Minnesota: Rick Porcello (8-5, 3.90) vs. Nick Blackburn(6-4, 3.10)

The Twins' pitchers usually pound the strike zone, so hopefully the Detroit hitters will go up to the plate looking to swing. This has all the make-up of a great July series (and plus, my relatives from Minneapolis are coming to town).

Finally, the Tigers will return home after what seemed like a long road trip. Hasn’t it seemed like the Tigers have been on the road for the entire first half?

Kansas City has cooled off considerably since a relatively quick jump in April, they sit 10 back of Detroit. Zack Grienke, with an ERA below two, remains the class of the Royals staff and the class of the American League. Zack has dominated Tigers hitters this year going 2-0 (in two starts) with only one earned run allowed. He’s gone nine innings on both occasions.

  • Monday vs. Kansas City: Armando Galarraga (5-7, 5.34) vs. Gil Meche (4-8, 4.20)
  • Tuesday vs. Kansas City: Justin Verlander (8-4, 3.54) vs. Bruce Chen (0-2, 4.38)
  • Wednesday vs. Kansas City: Luke French (0-0, 0.00) vs. Zack Grienke (10-3, 1.95)

The Tigers have usually been able to feast on the weaker opponents. Detroit can use this series to extend a winning streak or stop the bleeding, depending on what happens in Minnesota.

 

Looking around:

Here’s what others are saying about the Tigers right now.

Look for another Tigers Weekend Update next week. (Weekend Update format subject to change at any time without notice.)

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