DETROIT What did we learn about the Tigers on this homestand?
They won five straight before closing it out Wednesday with a whimper of a 6-2 loss to the Minnesota Twins. However, several interesting developments occurred while winning six of eight games.
The five things that popped out:
1) Sweeping the hot Atlanta Braves
The Braves still had the best record in the National League in April despite losing all three games in Detroit. Atlanta featured starters with some of the lowest earned run averages in the game, and got bombed for 25 runs. It was a series that established the Tigers to be as good as advertised.
You might think a team that played in last years World Series doesnt need the confidence boost of one series in April, but third baseman Miguel Cabrera disagreed.
We expected to win that series, Cabrera said. But to sweep Atlanta makes you more comfortable, and makes you believe you can do it to anybody.
2) Starting pitching wearing down opponents
Detroit left town w...