Remember when the Tigers had lost four in a row and five of six and found themselves at 8-9? Neither do we.
Detroit quickly turned things around last week, going 6-1 and averaging better than six runs a game during that stretch. With the exception of Mike Pelfrey, who allowed 5 ER in each of his two starts last week, the other starters for the Tigers did solid work and the bullpen helped lock down the wins in the process.
Time to go a little more in depth at the numbers from last week:
4. BRINGING THE LUMBER
The Tigers as a team hit an even .300 in their seven games last week, scoring 43 runs.
The hottest hitter was designated hitter Victor Martinez, who went 14-for-27 (.519 BA) with three home runs, eight runs batted in and eight runs scored. The eight RBI were tied with Nick Castellanos, who continues to lead the American League with a .361 batting average, for most on the team last week. Martinez’s three bombs were tied with Miguel Cabrera for a team high.
Speaking of Cabrera, he was hitting .206 heading into last Monday’s game against Oakland. Tigers faithful were ready to drive themselves over the edge of a cliff it seemed.
Then Miggy reminded those folks who he was and that all it takes is one week to get back on track. Cabrera went 12-for-31 (.387 BA) against the A’s and Twins last week. Climbing his average back up to .266.
Another guy who got off to a sluggish start but may appear to be getting back on track is Justin Upton. After a 9-4 win over Oakland on April 27, Upton’s BA was under the Mendoza line at .195. Since then, he’s gone 8-for-17 with a pair of three-hit games and launched a 3-run jack on Saturday.
The average is up to .242 now for Justin and hopefully it continues to trend in that direction. He appears to be seeing the ball better and not pressing as much, which is encouraging for the team and Tigers fans.