The Tigers lost 8-4 Wednesday night to the Minnesota Twins. Now the Tigers drop to a half-game lead over the Royals, who just won’t go away. After a 4-3 lead from the second to the sixth, the Royals scored 2 more runs off starter David Price, who dropped to 3-4 since joining the Tigers at the trade deadline. The Tigers head to Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City for an important three-game series against the Royals starting Friday.
Things may seem grim, and with good reason. The Royals are facing the Tigers, Indians, and White Sox, with an average winning percentage of .508, while the Tigers are facing the Royals, White Sox, and Twins, with an average winning percentage of .477. There is not much of a difference there, coupled with the fact that the final series for the Tigers is a four-game set at CoPa against the last-place Twins, who have given them fits all season. The Twins lead the season series over the Tigers 8-7, and have scored 58 runs in their last 60 innings against Detroit (courtesy Noah Trister, AP).
While the Tigers lead the season series over the Royals 11-5, most of those matchups were in the first half of the season. The Royals are a different team now, and the only time they have faced each other since the All-Star break was in last week’s series, where the Tigers walked away with a 2-1 series win.
For the other series, the Tigers face the White Sox, whom the Tigers have split the season series with so far, 8-8. The White Sox have been playing .500 ball recently, splitting their last ten. Of the three series left, they seem to be the easiest for the Tigers.
As far as the base-running issues we all saw in last night’s game, Torii Hunter told MLive’s Chris Iott that “My instinct was to go, but you want to make sure you’re home for sure. I’ll take that blame. I might have took a jump really quick, took a couple quick steps, and kind of got Miggy off a little too far. He’s not moving too well, so it’s probably tough for him to get back.”
According to @ESPNStatsInfo, Miguel Cabrera collected his 11th straight season of at least 300 total bases, giving him the longest active streak and the third-longest all-time, behind Albert Pujols run of 12 (2001-12) and Willie Mays’ (1954-66) and Lou Gehrig’s (1926-38) runs of 13.
Jason Beck of MLB.com reports that Anibal Sanchez will throw another bullpen session today, and possibly face hitters on Sunday. He also reports that Alex Avila is still day-to-day with lightheadedness, and tweeted that the starters for the Royals series will be Verlander, Scherzer, and Porcello here.