Well now, things got a little bit interesting. See what just one week of baseball can do the division standings?
After dropping 11 of 12, the Tigers have won six of seven and went 5-1 against the Twins and Rays this past week. Couple that with the White Sox hitting a bit of a rough patch and what you have is four teams – along with the Indians and Royals – all separated by just 4.5 games as we enter the final full week of May.
Let’s dig in a little deeper to the Tigers production last week and a look ahead to this upcoming week.
1. FINALLY SOME GOOD HOME COOKING
In a sweep over the Twins and 2-1 series win over the Rays, the Tigers averaged 7.0 runs per game. They brought some serious lumber with them this week as seven different Tigers clubbed 16 homers over that six-game stretch.
Miguel Cabrera, Ian Kinsler, and J.D. Martinez each hit three bombs last week. Also finding the seats was Cameron Maybin.
Maybin’s return to the lineup has left numerous positive effects on the Tigers. All he did last week was lead the team in hits (12), batting average (.600) and swiped four bases already. He also showed some discipline at the plate. His three walks drawn were tied for most on the team last week as well.
Another guy that is on the verge of really breaking out of his early-season slump is catcher James McCann. For a few weeks, McCann struggled to get his average to climb above .110. However, he went 3-for-10 last week and bashed his first homer on Saturday against Tampa Bay.
It’s a small sample, but another week or two like this and McCann could finally getting back near the Mendoza line.