The Tigers are still breathing in the American-League Central. After an awful start, the Tigers have picked themselves up off the mat. The Tigers are over .500 for the first time of the season. The question is how?
The Tigers pitching is still very thin. Jeremy Bonderman is out for the season, and Justin Verlander is hardly a Cy Young candidate. People are stepping up. Guys like Bonine and Galarraga are eating innings and keeping the Tigers in the game. Zumaya and Rodney are back in the bullpen and getting better. The bats are starting to come around as well.
What does it all mean?
The Tigers are still 5 games behind the White Sox. They still have some major flaws in the starting rotation. Ordonez is out for a couple weeks and that will hurt. The good news is that the season is relevant. The Tigers are in the hunt this summer. What this means for the fans is that Comerica Park should have meaningful games throughout the summer – and a chance is really all we need. Unfortunately, the hole that they dug in April and May just be too deep.