They just take a while, that’s all.
On a night that rookie Robbie Ray, as the winning pitcher sprinkled a fine debut onto the Doug Fister deal to make it the most palatable it’s been since it was done, there was a sign of what’s probably to come.
But it didn’t involve Ray — who pitched well as the Tigers trounced the Astros, 11-4, for their seventh consecutive victory.
As you might expect in an 18-hit game, it was a good night for many Tigers. Danny Worth drove in three runs and scored twice. Ian Kinsler climbed back above .300 (to .308) with three hits.
Miguel Cabrera had the best game, though.
“An excellent game,” manager Brad Ausmus said.
His best of the season, in fact — and among his four hits, Cabrera hit a home run. That was the sign, folks — the auspicious sign.
Because it was to left-center.
Cabrera hadn’t hit a home run to the left side of center since April 4 — and, yes, you can say as some will, that it was “just” his third home run of the season.
But those more