Whew. Something stinks over here. Oh wait, it’s the Tigers. They only lost six straight this week, as they were swept in Cleveland by the Indians them came back to Comerica Park and got swept by the visiting Texas Rangers. It was bad week by all accounts as they were beaten in every aspect of the game: hitting, pitching, and fielding. This losing streak now has the spotlight on Brad Ausmus as his time in Detroit may be nearing an early end if the Tigers can’t rebound soon.
Stud of the Week: Nick Castellanos
The young third baseman is finally coming into his own. His past few years have been filled with up-and-down moments, but right now there are plenty of “ups” for Castellanos. He ended up hitting .429/.478/.619 for the week with one home run and six RBIs. He has been one of the few consistent players for the Tigers and was a key part of their offense during this week. It’s unfortunate he was the practically the only offense for the Tigers.
Dud of the Week: Mark Lowe
The bullpen was supposed to be fixed. That’s what the Tigers kept telling everyone as they went out and got guys to come in and solidify what had been a major weakness of the team for quite some time now. The bullpen hardly looked like it had been fixed thanks to this guy. Lowe only appeared in two games but it was two outings I’m sure he’d love to forget. He pitched a total of 1.2 innings, allowing four hits, six earned runs, and two home runs. The outing where he really struggled was on Sunday, when he came into the game in the eighth with runners on the corners, nobody out, and the Tigers ahead 2-0. He quickly saw that change, as the Tigers went from leading 2-0 to down 7-2 within the blink of an eye as he gave up a two-out grand slam to give the Rangers the lead for good. Need I say more?