My Detroit Sports: My Tigers Weekly #1

It’s baseball season, not that you’d know it from looking outside. The Tigers have already had multiple home games postponed. However, we are in mid-April and almost 10% of the way through the season.

The MLB schedule makers had the Tigers facing the Pirates at the end of March. The weather pushed opening day from Thursday to Friday. Opening day starters Jordan Zimmerman and Ivan Nova didn’t factor in the decision. The relief pitchers on both sides didn’t fare much better, with the teams combining for 17 runs after the starters left the game. While the replay review call will undoubtedly be the takeaway and topic of conversation, McCann and Machado each hit 2 run doubles to tie the game at 10. Alex Wilson gave up a 3 run homer to Gregory Polanco in the 13th. The game Saturday was postponed due to weather. The Tigers lost both games of the doubleheader Sunday to fall 0-3 on the season. Michael Fulmer lost a tough game giving up only 1 run in 8 innings. The Tigers couldn’t take advantage with only 2 hits in the 1st game. The bats woke up in the nightcap, with Miguel Cabrera hitting his first home run of the season and a RBI double in the 9th, but it wasn’t enough against a Pirates offense that managed 3 home runs and 10 hits against Tigers pitching.

1968 World Series MVP, Mickey Lolitch threw out the ceremonial first pitch on Opening Day, as a part of the Tigers season-long, 50th anniversary celebration.

Game 2: Recap

Game 3: Recap

The Tigers stayed at Comerica to face the Kansas City Royals. The Tigers started out strong behind Francisco Liriano. Liriano gave up just 1 run on 4 hits and 2 walks in 6 2/3 innings. Nick Castellanos and Victor Martinez broke it open with RBI singles in the 5th inning. The bullpen held on to give Liriano his first win in his first start as a Tiger. The Tigers returned the favor to Kansas City on Tuesday by providing them their first win of the season. Matt Boyd gave up just 1 run in 6 innings, but Jorge Soler’s sacrifice in the 2nd inning held up. It was cold enough that neither team was sad to see the rubber match postponed.

Game 5: Recap

The Tigers then went on a 6 game road trip to Chicago and Cleveland. The Tigers spoiled the White Sox home opener on Thursday. Zimmerman had his second start of the season, but was outdueled by James Shields. The Tigers were down 7-3 before scoring 6 unanswered runs in the 8th, 9th, and 10th innings. Niko Goodrum hit his first career home run as part of the comeback before Victor Martinez tied the game. The Tigers scored 2 runs in the 10th and Shane Greene got his first save of the season. After a day off, the Tigers beat the White Sox 6-1 on Saturday. Michael Fullmer improved to 1-1 win/loss record after giving up 1 run in 5 1/3 innings. Miguel Cabrera provided the hot bat on a cold day with 3 RBI’s on a single and groundout. Mike Fiers took over from there in his first start as a Tiger on Sunday. He struck out 6 in six scoreless innings. Miguel Cabrera’s sacrifice fly in the 1st held up as the Tigers came out of Chicago with a sweep and 4-4 record.

Game 7: Recap

Game 8: Recap

Things did not go as well in Cleveland. The series started out in as cold a temperature as the Tigers have played in all season. Francisco Liriano gave up 2 runs in 6 innings on a Bradley Zimmer home run. The Tigers struck out 13 times and could not score a run off of their 2 hits against Corey Kluber. The Tigers fell by a score of 2-0. The second game of the series was the second time this season Alex Wilson took a loss after giving up a home run. Roberto Perez broke a 1-1 tie with a home run in the 8th inning. That was enough as the Tigers fell 2-1. Carlos Carrasco and Trevor Bauer outdueled Daniel Norris and Michael Fullmer as the Tigers were swept over the 4 games in Cleveland. They finished their first road trip with 3 wins and 4 losses.

Game 9: Recap

Game 10: Recap

Game 11: Recap

Game 12: Recap

The Tigers came home to face the New York Yankees. The Yankees struck first against Mike Fiers. Aaron Hicks hit his first 2 home runs of the season, including an inside the park home run, against Fiers. The Tigers were able to score 3 runs off of Dellin Betances to get to within 2 runs. Chad Green and Aroldis Chapman came in for the Yankees to stop the bleeding and secure a 8-6 win for New York. Brian McCann and Jeimer Candelario hit their first home runs of the season. The game Saturday was postponed due to rain. The doubleheader scheduled for Sunday was postponed as well. The Tigers will make up these games against the Yankees on June 4th.

Game 13: Recap

Some high points so far this season has been the starting pitching keeping most games close. The bats have already scored some late inning runs off of opponents relief pitchers. Nicholas Castellanos has gotten off to a strong start with a .302/.362/.777 slash line. The Tigers now look to end their 5 game losing streak against the Orioles and Royals. After an off day on Monday, Baltimore makes their only trip to Comerica Park this season for a 3 game series. The homestand will continue with a 4 game series against Kansas City, including a day night double header on Friday to make up a postponed game.

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