Break out the Detroit Tigers! Our Motor City kitties have won their third straight game after their 7-2 victory on Tuesday night against the hapless Minnesota Twins.
There are a lot of positives to take out of this game, here are just a few:
Pelfrey, who is winless on the season, had a strong outing on Tuesday against his former team, going 5.1 innings, giving up 2 runs on 7 hits & striking out 3. Yes, he gave up 2 solo home runs, but he had his most solid outing of the young season so far, in a start that was important to justify keeping him in the starting rotation. Out of the main starters, Pelfrey has had the toughest time, no doubt, but the 27th ranked Twins offense might have been the situation needed for Pelfrey to have his confidence back.
Justin Upton Getting His Groove Back
During the Baltimore & Washington series, Upton looked a bit lost. He was swinging at bad pitches & taking pitches for called strike 3s that he normally wouldn’t have taken in the past. Maybe it is the product of bad Twins pitching, but Upton looked much more comfortable at the plate on Tuesday night, getting a big ground rule double in the 7th. He looked more comfortable at the plate & looked the pitches in much better & held back and shortened his swing up a bit.
If Upton can get his average up to around .260 or so, meaning that he has a great current homestand, that will take major pressure of the other hitters in the Tigers lineup & bring in another speed threat on the bases.
Positive Resolve Around Brad Ausmus
Ever since the rumors got really hot around Brad Ausmus being fired as Tigers manager, this team has reinvigorated themselves & look to be playing for his job. Ausmus was suspended one game for his tirade last night, & even with Gene Lamont as manager for the night, this team is playing like a team looking to make a push for the division championship, and is tired of their manager taken through the mud by Detroit media.
Tigers play an afternoon game tommorow at 1:10 to end the series against Minnesota.