Tiger Week in Review: 4/20 - 4/25

Now that the novelty of the new season has worn off, it's time to get down to real baseball. And with this worn off novelty, one would expect to see the Tigers start to come back down to Earth. However, that has not been the case as the Tigers split their games in week three, including a pair of tough losses (one at Minnesota, the other at home on Sunday against Cleveland). Inside, we take a look at the week that was.

The Tigers started the week with a 3-game series in Minneapolis against the reigning division champ Twins. Minnesota took 2 of 3 from the Tigers, but the Tigers lost a close one in the series finale (LHP Johan Santana outdueled LHP Mike Maroth for the victory). The Twins did get the better of the Tigers in the set, however, while moral victories are often overrated, it can't go without mentioning that the Tigers went in to the Metrodome and battled the Twins on three straight nights, winning one and making the other two a battle.

The Tigers then headed home to face the Cleveland Indians – who they had just split 4 games with the previous week. And if it wasn't for a pair of designated ‘Tiger-killers' (OF Jody Gerut, and more importantly, RHP Jake Westbrook), the Tigers may have very well earned their second sweep of the young season. However, due to an excellent performance by Westbrook on the mound, the Tigers were only able to take two of three. Also worthy of note was the Tigers setting a new Comerica Park record, scoring 17 runs in a single game. OF Rondell White provided the highlight of the series, a walkoff 3-run home run to win the second game of the series; 5-2.

PITCHER OF THE WEEK: RHP Ugueth Urbina only made a pair of appearances out of the bullpen this week, but earned a save in one, and earned his first win of the season with White's walkoff homer. In his 2 innings of work, Urbina didn't allow an earned run while striking out two.

PLAYER OF THE WEEK: The player of the week goes to none other than super utility man Brandon Inge. For the week, Inge launched a pair of home runs while hitting .474 to go with 7 RBI. Inge did this while subbing in for CF Alex Sanchez, who was forced to sit out due to the flu. Inge also showed patience at the plate earning 5 walks. Honorable mention goes to Ivan Rodriguez (for his continued consistency in the middle of the order) and White.

A WEEK TO FORGET: Carlos Pena definitely had a week to forget, going .143 for the week. With the exception of a Home Run and 2 RBI on Sunday (the Tigers only run production against Westbrook), Pena did little at the plate as evidenced by his average for the week as well as 7 strikeouts.

UP NEXT: The Tigers continue their homestand this week, hosting the Angels for a 3-game set, before the Seattle Mariners for a 3-game weekend series. The first game of the series against Anaheim will be televised on WKBD UPN, while the entire Seattle series is on TV (Friday on UPN, the weekend games on Fox Sports Detroit).


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