The Tigers are slowly but surely starting to come out of their slump. They swept the division rival Minnesota Twins at home, then took two out of three against the Tampa Bay Rays. Their offense seems to be waking up and churning a boatload of runs. The only question mark is their pitching and their pitching depth. Their pitching depth may be tested sooner than later as Jordan Zimmermann had to leave his last start due to a groin injury. Losing Zimmermann for any period of time looks to be a serious blow to the Tigers.
Stud of the Week: Ian Kinsler
The second baseman had another sizzling week for the Tigers. He hit .333/.391/.691 with two dingers for the week. He’s getting it done as a leadoff hitter as he’s helping set the table for the guys behind him and also driving in runs himself with that mighty bat of his. He’s helping jumpstart the offense from their slumber and that’s proving key for the Tigers as they crawl their way back to .500.
Dud of the Week: Anibal Sanchez
It was another bad week for the righty. He lasted only five innings against the Rays and gave up five earned runs and six hits while walking two batters. He is having a terrible time getting deeper into games, and that’s a serious problem for the Tigers as their bullpen still remains a weak point despite all the work they did to upgrade the ‘pen in the offseason. Tigers manager Brad Ausmus hinted that if Sanchez continues to struggle to get deeper into games, he may lose his spot in the rotation.