Detroit Tigers: Weekend Update, July 24, 2009

Matt SCorrespondent IJuly 23, 2009

NEW YORK - JULY 19:  Manager Jim Leyland of the Detroit Tigers looks on before playing the New York Yankees on July 19, 2009 at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx borough of New York City.  (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

Looking back

Let's call it what it was; it was a stinkin' miserable, downright awful week for the Olde English D. Two winnable series were lost, and the division lead vanished. Poof. Gone.

The offense was to blame.

Sure, they garnered nine runs in the lone win but only managed to plate seven in the remaining five.

Poor.

One has to wonder if Rick Porcello received the stink eye from his fellow starters. He recorded the lone win as the lone Tiger starter to surrender more than two runs.

No gold star will be awarded this week.

Looking forward

With the standins locked at the top it's only fitting that the White Sox should come into town this weekend.

I'm hoping it's not do-or-die time for the Tigers, but a series losses against Chicago could cripple the clubhouse morale.

You don't need me to tell you this series is big.

  • Friday vs. Chicago (Game 1): Justin Verlander (10-5, 3.34) vs. Jose Contreras (4-8, 4.75)
  • Friday vs. Chicago (Game 2): Eddie Bonine (0-0, 9.00) vs. Bartolo Colon (3-6, 4.23)
  • Saturday vs. Chicago: Edwin Jackson (7-5, 2.52) vs. Gavin Floyd (8-6, 4.40)
  • Sunday vs. Chicago: Rick Porcello (9-6, 4.40) vs. John Danks (8-6, 3.98)

Detroit will miss seeing Mark Buehrle, and that's a very good thing. The four guys the Sox will throw out there are all very capable pitchers, but they are all hittable too. The Tigers don't want to get to the ninth inning and allow Bobby Jenks to close them down.

If I was a Tiger I would be salivating at the thought of playing Texas again. The boys are 6-0 against the Rangers on the year, with all six games at Comerica Park.

Let's hope the success continues in Arlington.

  • Monday @ Texas: Armando Galarraga (5-8, 4.82) vs. Tommy Hunter (2-1, 2.17)
  • Tuesday @ Texas: Luke French (1-1, 2.22) vs. Vincente Padilla (7-5, 4.67)
  • Wednesday @ Texas: Justin Verlander (10-5, 3.34) vs. Scott Feldman (8-3, 3.87)

Six games in seven days is enough to wear down any team but the Tigers can ill afford to relax. I think the goal for this week should be a split with Chicago and two of three in Texas.

 

Looking around

Here's what the AL Central looks like right now.

  • Detroit (49-44) next four opponents: CWS (4), @ TEX (3), @ CLE (3), BAL (4)
  • Chicago (50-45) next four opponents: @DET (4), @ MIN (3), NYY (4), LAA (3)
  • Minnesota (48-47, 2 GB) next four opponents: @ LAA (3), CWS (3), LAA (3), @ CLE (3)

The upcoming schedule sets up well for Detroit. If the Tigers can survive the Sox this weekend, they should be in good shape. Texas, Cleveland, and Baltimore are all beatable teams for Detroit. Chicago, on the other hand, must face Minnesota, the Yankees, and Angels.

News, notes, and nonsense

That's all for this week. Hopefully next week brings better news (and maybe a new bat for the lineup).