Tigers weekend round up: Good signs from Verlander and back to winning ways

Did you have a busy weekend? If so, you may have missed out on some important happenings with the Detroit Tigers. Here’s a quick recap of the weekend events.

Verlander Strong In Second Rehab Start

Justin Verlander pitched another rehab start for the Toledo Mud Hens on Saturday. In an interview with Tony Paul at the Detroit News, the right-hander was very pleased with this performance.

“Everything was much better,” Verlander said. “I think the most improved was the fastball control.

“I was just trying to get a feel for it, locating to both sides of the plate, and I was able to do that. That’s the biggest key.”

Verlander went 5.2 innings and threw 69 strikes on 93 pitches. While he did give up one run, it was unearned.

“Today was a step I wanted to see,” Verlander said. “The biggest thing was getting my pitch count up and getting some innings, not just throwing three innings, but getting out there and getting up and down a few times.”

 

 

The Tigers ace is eager to return to Major League play where he is looking forward to being a part of the team’s success this season. Verlander, for one, is certainly confident that the team will shake it’s current slump.

“And I think when we turn it around, it’s gonna be fun to watch.”

Rondon Still A Work In Progress

Tigers reliever Bruce Rondon is steadily working his way back from the disabled list with shoulder tendonitis. In fact, his rehab timeline had Rondon working in the same Mud Hens game with Justin Verlander on Saturday night. Tony Paul reports in the Detroit News that Rondon’s night was not nearly as encouraging as Verlander’s.

“As bad as his line looked,” Parrish said following Toledo’s 6-1 loss to Columbus, “it was probably worse than that.”

Rondon threw only 39 pitches in the 7th and 8th innings of Saturday nights game. He gave up a multitude of hits, including two walks, and a three-run home run. There are reports that Rondon could be heard screaming in frustration betweenthe 7th and 8th inning. Mud Hens manager Lance Parrish was asked about Rondon’s state of mind.

“You would think so,” Parrish said, when asked if Rondon was frustrated. “You consider yourself a big-league pitcher, you’ve got 40 pitches you get one inning of work against a Triple-A club. You better be frustrated.”

Rondon will continue to rehab his shoulder. The timeline for his return to Major League action is still up in the air.

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Tigers Get Off The Schnide

After losing Game 1 of the series with the Chicago White Sox on Friday night, Detroit was sporting an 8 game losing streak. That all changed on Saturday for the Tigers as the team scored a come from behind victory on the offensive strength of their superstar, Miguel Cabrera. Cabrera smashed a 2-run shot in the 5th innning that sparked the Detroit comeback. The team finished with 18 hits total in Saturday’s game. 

In Sunday’s game, Detroit fell behind early again in the first inning. However, J.D. Martinez and Yoenis Cespedes had home runs in the 6th inning that put the Tigers ahead for good.

Another important factor in the two victories was quality starting pitching. On Saturday, David Price pitched a complete game striking out 11 while allowing only 1 run. On Sunday, Alfredo Simon was strong in 8 innings of work that was just enough to get the victory. 

Detroit takes a two game win streak into interleague play with the Chicago Cubs starting tomorrow evening.

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