While the 4 game sweep and ultimately a 4 game lead in the division over the rival White Sox has a much nicer ring to it, it is hard to complain with the 2 game swing in the standings. The Tigers got the White Sox one day after Mark Buehrle threw just the 18th perfect game in MLB history, and started the series with a day/night double header.
Justin Verlander threw a complete game in the first game of the DH, while we got a nice start from the spot starter Luke French in Game 2 to sweep the double header. Then the magnificent Edwin Jackson shut the White Sox down on Saturday to take the first 3 games of the 4 game series.
Tonight, however the situation was a bit different. Rick Porcello pulled his best Jeremy Bonderman imitation and gave up 4 runs in the 1st inning on a Paul Konerko Grand Slam, and prompting me to turn my attention to shopping for free online backup. He settled down a bit and pitched into the 6th inning allowing only one more run, but the damage was done. White Sox went on to win and salvage one game from the series.
It appears that our rookie phenom Rick Porcello's days are numbered for the season. He looks to be wearing down quite rapidly. His pitches are straightening out, and he is having a difficult time with control by walking way too many hitters.
This is not good news, although Armando Galaraga seems to be back on track so it isn't as bad as it could be. Oh the dreams of getting Roy Halladay dance in my head so much now. If only we could get him for something like Rick Porcello, Ryan Perry, and junk. Of course only if he agreed to a long-term deal before the trade, but alas the dream is not gonna happen. The Jays are asking way more than Dombrowki is willing to give up I';m afraid.
So...he says we are staying pat, while the hitting is in the toilet, and our rotation may need some help. While we have a very good rotation the line up needs to start producing. Immediately. Carlos Guillen is back and should provide a spark, but it still feels like something is missing. Just give me a hot Miggy, Maggs, and Guillen and I will be happy.