But it isn't. The Tigers are on a 3-game skid, including losses in a couple games that were very winnable near the end. Last night Fernando Rodney came in late and gave up 3 runs over the last 2 innings (picking up the loss), only days after many Tigers fans were calling for him to be our closer following a blown save by Todd Jones. I guess that last night's performance just shows us that bullpens do blow leads and teams do lose close games, even though we don't want to believe that after our team's hot start.
Big deal. A 3 game losing streak is never fun, but it's not the end of the world. That is why they play 162 games. Now, if they can avoid the dreaded 6 or 7 game losing streaks I'll be happy and the chance for a contending season will not go out the window. Just bounce back today against the Orioles and get back on track. The pieces are there, they just haven't come together as well as they should in the last 3 games when it was needed the most.
Meanwhile, the Tigers lineup is still hitting the ball well. Magglio Ordonez is on an absolute tear, hitting a homerun in his last 4 games. Over that span he is 7 for 17 with 4 homeruns and 7 RBI. If it wasn't for a couple of other strong candidates, I would say Maggs would be first in line for the AL Comeback Player of the Year. Another Tiger who is doing well at the plate is Carlos Guillen (2 for 2 with 3 RBI last night), although his 2 errors in the field last night may have changed some opinions of him. He continues to hit the ball well and drive in runs, although his recent streak of mishaps at SS may be overshadowing his accomplishments in some way. In fact, Carlos has the most Errors among AL SS with 9. With that number he is tied for 2nd among all Major League shortstops.
The Tigers have a lot of good things going right now, despite what the W-L records over the last few games says. We even found out the Pudge could play first last night. If the Tigs can avoid losing some of these close games near the end, I think that a successful season is still in the works.