The Detroit Tigers are on a tear. The Tigers extended their winning streak on Tuesday to a season high of seven games with an 11-5 victory over the Chicago White Sox.
The win by Detroit combined with a loss by Cleveland on Tuesday moved Detroit to within just three games of the American League Central leading Indians.
Detroit is now 10 games above .500 on the season for the first time since the 2014 regular season. Chicago lost its fifth game in its past six and its 13th over its past 19.
The Tigers have been distributing their offense. Miguel Cabrera has hit three home runs in the past two games and already has hit six more homers this season than he did all of last season.
Victor Martinez hit No. 18 of the season for the Tigers, during the eighth.
Cabrera was a triple shy of hitting for the cycle on Tuesday. Cabrera has just 17 triples for his career.
The Tigers will now face Chicago’s ace Chris Sale on Wednesday. Detroit will send Michael Fulmer to the mound. On the season, Fulmer is 9-2 with an ERA of 2.50. He had a no-decision in his last outing against the White Sox after being chased following just five innings of work when he gave up a three-run home run to Justin Morneau.
The trade deadline is now part of the past without the Tigers partaking in any of the action. Due to rising costs, a limited number of resources and key players coming back off the disabled list, not taking part in any trading will likely in the long-run be a positive decision by management.
Many Tigers fans would have liked to see them acquire Milwaukee’s Jonathan Lucroy, as they are now using a tandem of Jarrod Saltalamacchia and James McCann and need one better player to take the spot of the two who now platoon.
Neither of the two has impressed this season. While each has had their own important hits and good moments, the catcher is the least effective part of the Tigers batting order.
With the Lucroy deal never materializing for the Tigers, the team must move forward with the players it currently has at catcher.
Both McCann and Saltalamacchia are capable players and will not hurt the team defensively, but they are not the hitters that Lucroy is and will have to step up if Detroit wants to make a series run at winning the AL Central or at least grabbing one of two wildcard spots.