Not too bad!
The Tigers, fresh from a nine game road trip are back in the D, for their second home stand, to face the Yankees. They are happy to be back, too. At home, the Tigers rank second in hitting, with a .306 batting average. They are first in on-base percentage, and fourth in slugging.
Despite some struggles, pitchers have a .200 batting average against at home, and a 3.40 ERA.
It goes to show you that there’s no place like home, is there?
The recent road trip saw some ups and downs, but in the end, the Tigers are perched above the Central, with a one game lead over Chicago, and the Kansas City Royals.
It feels good, doesn’t it?
The biggest surprise, and most pleasant, has been Brandon Inge, who has seven home runs. It seems that he has nestled into his comfort zone at third, and it is paying off nicely at the plate.
According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Inge is the fifth player in Tigers history to hit at least seven home runs through the first 18 games of a season. He is joined by Al Kaline, “Stormin” Norman Cash, and Cecil Fielder, who hit nine. I am loath to mention the other name on that list, for fear that it could jinx him (I have my superstitions). Also, he has reached safely in 18 straight games.
At season’s start, I heard many who praised his defensive skills, but were critical of his bat, and for the most part, rightly so. He has never had a big bat, and with a new stance, Inge is showing he can contribute in all respects.
On the mound, Justin Verlander will make his fifth start of the season for Detroit. He is still looking for his first win of the year. It could come tonight.
New York has lost three straight. They were beaten, and swept, by the Boston Red Sox. Their struggling star, CC Sabathia, gave up ten hits and seven earned runs, in his last start at Comerica Park.
He was rocked then, 12-3, and this time faces a better Tigers team.
It will be a good game to watch. Let’s hope history remains on our side, and that JV gets that win he so desperately needs!
A SIDE NOTE
I mentioned in an earlier post that my home computer has gone down. I’m trying to repair it on my own. I may need to replace the mother board. If that turns out to be the case, it may take longer than expected. I’ve heard horrid things about Vista, and I am refusing to get a new computer until Windows 7 is released in October.
I am going to post as often as I can (I now have a library card for internet access).
I know that too often people begin to write and then fall away from it.
I am not one of them. For the time being, I may not be able to post as often as I would like, but I am not not going to disappear.
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