The Detroit Tigers could only muster two-runs against a pitcher that previously had a 9.82 ERA against them. Sure they added a run in the eighth but it wasn’t nearly enough, thanks to Joe Mauer and Trevor Plouffe.
You can accept Joe Mauer beating you but Plouffe? Trevor Ploffe had three RBI and was a big reason for the early exit by Anibal Sanchez. Well on second though the four walk allowed by Sanchez probably had a bit to do with it. Mauer picked up where Plouffe left off in the sixth scoring two runs on a line drive single.
So what does this loss mean for the Tigers? As far as the standings are concerned not much. But not being able to beat teams like the Twins consistently is a big problem when it comes to The Tigers chances to close out a world series.
Fact is this team is flawed and living on borrowed time. The lead in the AL Central isn’t because the Detroit Tigers are a juggernaught world series contender but more so that the American League Central is amoung the weakest in baseball. The underachieving Tigers are far better than they are playing. Whatever flaw they may have in their bullpen, the Tigers fate will be decided by their offense. To that end the Tigers must score consistently to advance past the speed bumps in the AL Central. If they can’t find a way to keep the bats going, what could have been the best line-up in Detroit Tigers franchise history will be nothing more than a asterisk on baseball-reference.com.