Week in Review: 4/12 - 4/19

The Tigers second week of the season saw a return to reality for the upstart group, as they went 3-4 for their two series of the week. Nevertheless, the team didn't play badly for the most part, still getting a good performance from a number of players. It won't get any easier though, as week three more challenging opponents.

The week started with a rematch with the Toronto Blue Jays. Unfortunately, the second time around didn't go as well for the Tigers as the Jays took 2 of 3. However, all was not lost as they received solid pitching performances from starters Jeremy Bonderman and Nate Robertson. Unfortunately, the Tigers lost a scoring battle in one, then after a win by Robertson, the Tigers met up with Jays ace Roy Halladay again, and this time Halladay won the battle, throwing a complete game shutout.

The Tigers then moved on to Cleveland, where the split a 4-game set with the Tribe. Mike Maroth and Nate Robertson both had solid starts for the Tigers, while Rondell White and Carlos Guillen supplied offense for the Tigers. The trip was one the team would rather forget in some ways though due to injuries to Outfielders Alex Sanchez and Bobby Higginson.

So, the Tigers completed their 2 series' with a 3-4 record, bringing their season record to 8-5. Not the greatest week ever, but then again, isn't it nice to be disappointed at a 3-4 record for the week?

PITCHER OF THE WEEK: This week the award goes to LHP Nate Robertson, who in his first two starts of the season was very impressive. Robertson took the win against the Blue Jays, while he received a no-decision against the Blue Jays, despite giving the Tigers an excellent chance to win. He no longer leads the league in K/9 IP, but he's still not falling off.

PLAYER OF THE WEEK: The nod this week goes to SS Carlos Guillen, whose week was highlighted by a 4 RBI performance in a loss against Cleveland on Sunday afternoon. For the week, Guillen went 7-for-22 with a home run and 6 RBI.

A WEEK TO FORGET: The Tiger probably most hoping to forget the week is 3B Eric Munson. Munson didn't have a terrible week at the plate (4-for-15); however he only had 1 RBI to go along with a pair of errors at the hot corner. To top that off, Munson was held out of a pair of games and removed from two more games early in favor of defensive replacements.

UP NEXT: Detroit kicks off the week with a 3-game series against another division opponent; the Minnesota Twins. After the away set against Minnesota, the Tigers return home to host Cleveland for a 3-game weekend series. If you want to follow all the action, be sure to have a radio handy, because only 3 of the 6 games are televised.


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