Tigers’ bats good? They’re g-r-r-r-eat!

Detroit isn't a small city, but Motown’s baseball team has somehow avoided big-time hoopla despite an offensive run as potent as any seen in MLB for years.

 

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 New York if the Bronx Bombers were behind them, but the Tigers’ scoring spree has remained relatively quiet.

 

If MLB bettors listen closely, however, they can hear the sound of wallets fattening via Detroit’s lineup.

 

Detroit has a 12-4-2 over/under record in June, and a 24-6-1 O/U mark dating back to May 18. Oddsmakers have gradually boosted the team’s totals over the last month but Tigers keep crossing the plate enough to make up for the bump.

 

Covers Expert David Malinsky says that banking on the ‘over’, even with a good pitching team like the Tigers, becomes intuitive when an offense is as hot as Detroit’s.

 

“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 Detroit can’t maintain its eight-runs-a-game pace all season, but also notes that it has the personnel to hold onto its No. 1 ranking among MLB offenses through the summer.

 

“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 Detroit in its run for the AL Central title.

 

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 Detroit player with at least 35 at bats in the month of June hitting below .321.

 

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 Detroit win as a -196 favorite.

 

The eight runs was the Tigers’ lowest output of the series and all three games in Washington easily played over the books’ total of 9 ½ runs.

 

Detroit’s traveling road show makes its next stop in the Deep South as the Tigers start a three-game set with the Atlanta Braves on Friday night. The teams haven’t played each other since 2004.

 

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 7:35 p.m. ET.

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Posted by elcotopo
7 years ago

All you experts need to go to Motown and soak up the attmosphere its electric and Im not talkin DTE
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Posted by sportsfreak1
7 years ago

Smoltz is not taking the loss you idiot, if you think the Gambler off 9 months on the shelf is outpitching Smoltz you are on crack. He shut down Cleveland at the Jake. I-Rod is out and Sheffield probably won't play, my only concern is Chipper Jones. If he doesn't play I won't be happy. The tigers haven't beaten an ace like Smoltz all year. Given all your great Tiger interleague and road stats tell me why Atlanta is still -150?
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Posted by esb12377
7 years ago

What a pitching duel it will be. It might very well be the first under game with the tigers game in well over a week sicne game afetr the NO no. But in all reality kenny rogers first game fo season or not Nobody can stop the red hopt tigers! If mike maroth and chad durbin and keep pounding wins then the veteran of the team sure can as well. Tigers will win 2 out of 3 in the peachtree state! Oh have I mentioned the Tigers have the most road wins in all of MLB with 24 road wins 1 more then the sox that are red!!!!! Oh the tigers have a betetr road record then braves have home record. LOL Oh and another eye popping stat is over the past few years tigers have won 9 out fo 10 interleague series with the only losing series was vs the brew crew afetr the best young arm in all fo baseballs JV's no hitter. It's too bad Lansing, Michigans own smoltzie has to take the loss vs the red hot tigers. Good work maegan
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Posted by sportsfreak1
7 years ago

Best team in baseball yes, I love the Tigers don't get me wrong. Just not against Smoltz with Rogers going, there is a reason why they are -150. Smoltz just beat Cleveland at the Jake, where the Indians almost never lose. I think he can handle the Tigers at home. I'm not expecting a shutout, the Tigers will get a couple runs but that will be no where near enough for Rogers and that crap Tiger pen. Braves win 6-3 mark it down.
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Posted by maegan111
7 years ago

Come on Atlanta fan. Looks like an easy win? Are you kidding me? Detroit's probably the best team in baseball. Atlanta wont even make the playoffs.
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Posted by sportsfreak1
7 years ago

Yeah all that is great, let's see them put up an 8 spot on a real pitcher like Smoltz, good luck. With Rogers on a limited pitch count and the Tigers piss poor pen luming this looks like an easy Atlanta win. I just wish I didn't have to lay 155.
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Posted by esb12377
7 years ago

"What a pitching duel it will be. It might very well be the first under game with the tigers game in well over a week sicne game afetr the NO no. But in all reality kenny rogers first game fo season or not Nobody can stop the red hopt tigers! If mike..."