In this edition of My Tigers Weekly, we pass the 100 game mark on the 2018 season. We are about a week away from the trade deadline and past the All-Star break. At 42-59, the Tigers are clearly sellers. There isn’t a large supply of available pitchers, which means that it’s an excellent opportunity to trade some veterans and add talent to the farm system. In the meantime we can enjoy Joe Jimenez’s appearance in the All-Star game and good baseball against some of the AL’s elite teams and pitchers.
Before the All-Star break the Tigers played a 3 game series in Houston against the defending champion Astros. In the first game, Mike Fiers was outdueled by his former teammate Dallas Keuchel. Both went 6 innings and gave their team quality starts, but Alex Bregman’s 2 run home run in the 1st inning was all the offense Houston needed. The Tigers went 1-9 with runners in scoring position as they fell 3-0. Saturday’s game followed a similar script with the Astros scoring in the first, second, and third innings on their way to a 7-0 lead off of Michael Fulmer. The Tigers offense couldn’t get it going against All-Star Gerrit Cole. The Astros staff held Detroit to 3 hits, 2 by Nick Castellanos, on their way to a 9-1 victory.
Game 93: Recap
Game 94: Recap
On Sunday the Tigers, and Tigers fans, got to see Justin Verlander for the first time in an Astros uniform. When Verlander is excited, he sometimes starts throwing hard. So while 12 Detroit batters were fanned in 6 innings, the Tigers also managed 4 home runs off the former Cy Young and MVP winner. John Hicks, Jeimer Candelario, Niko Goodrum, and Jim Adduci (1st home run of the season) connected to give the Tigers a 6-3 victory. Drew VerHagen threw 3 innings of 1 run baseball in relief of starter Francisco Liriano, who left the game with back tightness, to pick up his first win of the season. It was a much needed victory as it snapped a 6 game losing streak and let the Tigers enter the All-Star break on a positive note.
We hit four homers in our series finale victory vs. the Astros.
— Detroit Tigers (@tigers) July 15, 2018
— Detroit Tigers (@tigers) July 17, 2018
Joe Jimenez made the trip to Washington D.C. to represent the Tigers at the All-Star game. He entered the game in the 4th inning with a runner on first and 2 outs. He struck out Giants shortstop Brandon Crawford in an 8 pitch at bat to pick up a hold. The AL won 8-6 in 10 innings.
Joe Jimenez’s first career All-Star appearance was short, but sweet.
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— Detroit Tigers (@tigers) July 18, 2018
The Tigers reconvened at Comerica Park last Friday to face the AL leading Boston Red Sox. Once again Detroit faced a former Cy Young winner who once wore a Tigers uniform: David Price. In a less emotional game, the Tigers were unable to muster much offense. 5 scattered singles and 1-8 with runners in scoring position was the story as a 1st inning Red Sox run held up in a 1-0 Tigers loss. Matthew Boyd took the loss to fall to 4-9 on the season.
Game 96: Recap
On Saturday it was a former Red Sox player that did the damage to his former team. Jose Iglesias’ 2 run double and 2 run home run provided the offense against Boston rookie Brian Johnson. Mike Fiers scattered singles in 6 1/3 innings of work to pick up the win, improving to 7-6, and lower his ERA to 3.49. Alex Wilson and Shane Greene allowed only 1 hit in their combined 2 2/3rd’s inning of work to finish off the 5-0 victory.
— Detroit Tigers (@tigers) July 22, 2018
The Tigers couldn’t keep it up in the rubber match. Facing their 3rd Cy Young winner in a 4 game stretch, Chris Sale, Detroit could only manage 5 hits and a solo home run on offense. Blaine Hardy gave up 4 runs in 3 innings to take the loss to fall to 3-3 on the season. The Tigers fell 9-1 and lost the season series to the Red Sox 4-2.
Game 98: Recap
Now the Tigers head on the road for 3 games against the Kansas City Royals before returning to Comerica Park for a 5 game homestand against Ohio opponents the Indians and Reds. The Hall of Fame induction ceremony will be held July 29th in Cooperstown, New York. 1984 Tigers Jack Morris and Alan Trammell will be inducted.
My Detroit Sports brings back our ‘Fans of the Week’! These fans represented their Detroit pride at Comerica Park this week. All fans chosen will be entered to win an autographed photo from 2018 Hall of Fame inductee, Jack Morris!