Roundtable: The 10 Game Stretch

Ready to talk Tigers? Want to hear the opinion of the TigsTown staff on some of the hot button topics of the offseason? Welcome to the TigsTown Roundtable! This week's question: The Tigers are kicking off a key 10 game stretch against 3 of the top teams in baseball – what record do they finish the 10 games with, and why?

Paul Wezner, Senior Editor
It's always tough to project, but I think the Tigers come out of this run with a 5-5 mark. Going head to head with studs like Randy Johnson, Mike Mussina and Curt Schilling is never an easy task. Plus, facing an offense like Boston's is never smooth sailing. It'll be a good test for the Tigers, and they'll likely take a shot or two in the course, but as they say, what doesn't kill you makes you stronger, and this stretch will be a learning experience for a club that while filled with veterans, isn't filled with veterans with loads of playoff experience.

Mark Anderson, Associate Editor, Minor Leagues
I think the Tigers will leave this 10 game stretch with a 4-6 record. It won't necessarily be a result of not having comparable talent, or being a good enough team, but rather they are just bound to hit a rough patch. The Tigers have been playing absurd baseball this season, and this is the first true pressure they've felt thus far, and I'm not sure they can stand up to it. I believe they'll be competitive in nearly all of the games, but just won't be able to get over the hump and win a couple of series. I'm looking for the Tigers to come through this patch with a couple of black eyes, and take it out on Toronto, Tampa, and the Cubbies right after.

Jason Avery, Associate Editor, Amateur Baseball
I think the Tigers will go 5-5. Even though the bats have gone cold over the last few days, I think they'll perk up enough to win a few slugfests. The pitching staff may not put up some pretty numbers over the next week, but I think they can keep it together and can grind out a few wins. The White Sox games will obviously be critical due to playing a division rival, and I'm sure the Tigers will want to make a point that they are in the race for the long haul, and show that the sweep back in April was just a bump in the road.

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