The Detroit Tigers are averaging 7.9 runs per game in the month of June, on the strength of the team’s .333 batting average, .394 on-base percentage and .521 slugging percentage. Those numbers would cause hysterics in
If MLB bettors listen closely, however, they can hear the sound of wallets fattening via
“Eight times this month (the Tigers) have either gone over the total by themselves, or come within a half run of it,” he says. “Which means that out of those eight games, the only chance for an ‘under’ was for their own pitching staff to throw a shutout.”
Malinsky acknowledges that
“The Tigers have tremendous balance and depth all the way up and down the lineup,” the MLB handicapper says. “Left-right, contact-power, etc. It’s almost a dream lineup to manage.”
Magglio Ordonez has been the top offensive player in the majors this year and he’s been even hotter in June, hitting .500 (yep, you read that correctly) to lead
But check out the other Tigers regulars in June: Brandon Inge is hitting .373, Placido Polanco .370, Gary Sheffield .369, Omar Infante .343, Curtis Granderson .342, Carlos Guillen .326, Ivan Rodriguez .322 and Sean Casey .321.
Craig Monroe, in fact, is the only
The Tigers just swept the Washington Nationals, scoring 32 runs over the three games and winning admiration along the way.
"Best team we've seen all year," catcher Brian Schneider raved to the Washington Post after Wednesday’s game, an 8-4
The eight runs was the Tigers’ lowest output of the series and all three games in
The total for Friday’s game, in which Kenny Rogers is slated to make his 2007 debut for the Tigers, opened at nine runs. First pitch will be thrown at .