Series Preview: Can the Blue Jays Tame the Tigers?

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Well that was kinda sucky. Those four games before the five home run outburst were character building. It allowed the pitching staff to experience life without 8 runs on the board. They handled it pretty well…heck they even won a game where they only had four hits…though I think the Matt Boyd experiment or possible showcasing has pretty much blown up in the face of the team (not even an out….ugh). Stepping stones folks. There is a long way to go still but this team seems to have the grit needed for long term seasonal success…sans Matt Boyd. If Jose Bautista  has finally broken out of his slump and Devon Travis keeps flashing his brilliant potential then at least we can club most teams to death…that’s asking a lot.

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The Tigers are getting by but are behind upstarts Kansas City and…Minnesota? Well if I had Byron Buxton and ummmm…those other guys I would think they would be in second place too. Will it last? Remains to be seen but if they do falter expect the Tigers to slip right in and take their rightful place fighting for top spot in the AL Central. They are hitting the crap out of the ball (1st in AL with a .275 BA) but their usually stellar pitching staff is 14th in ERA. David Price is doing well as usual but the next best starter has been Alfredo Simon and his ERA is almost 4. Justin Verlander is attempting to come back from injury to bolster the rotation but will that be enough? With Kyle Lobstein and Shane Greene are getting the ball every fifth day then you pretty much are just treading water. Be sure they are scouring the trade market to upgrade their rotation and maybe add some bullpen depth.

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