Let’s keep this brief, because it’s not worth wasting too many words on. The Tigers lost 12-4. The offense wasn’t great and Justin Verlander was worse, and the Tigers capped off a truly awful week in style.
Colby Lewis started for Texas, and he wasn’t great. He was frequently in trouble. He pitched 5.2 innings, gave up five hits, and walked five batters. The Tigers turned all this into two runs. I know, phenomenal. After falling behind 1-0 they tied the game immediately in the first, and after falling behind 3-1, came very close to tying or taking the lead in the second, getting a run and leaving two in scoring position. But that was it against Lewis.
But the offense takes a back seat to Justin Verlander, who was really not good. In 5.1 innings, he gave up 11 hits, 9 runs, six of them earned. He struck out just one batter. That’s 16 earned runs allowed over his last three starts, and today’s game score of 14 was a career worst for him. You could be forgiven for being a bit worried about him.
There were very few standout performers in this game for Detroit. Victor Martinez had two hits. So did Andrew Romine and Rajai Davis. That’s about it.
Oh, and Miguel Cabrera left in the 7th with what appeared to be a hamstring issue. It was 12-2 and possibly precautionary, but still. And Joba Chamberlain left in the 8th with a right ankle contusion, too. He’s day-to-day. Wasn’t this series great?
Amazingly, despite losing six of seven over the past week, the Tigers still hold the best winning percentage in the American League, as Oakland was swept in Toronto this weekend. Incidentally, the Tigers are off to Oakland next. Something’s gotta give. The Tigers haven’t lost a series at the Coliseum since 2009. They’ll hope they can avoid the sewage.
So that’s it. Turn the page on this week. A west coast trip isn’t ideal, but the Tigers will look to get back to their winning ways in Oakland. Maybe – just maybe – a few of their starters can go six innings or more without giving up five runs or more. Just a thought.