Even though the Detroit Tigers lost and extra inning affair to the Cleveland Indians on Monday night after plane troubles kept them in Boston much of the day, that didn't stop folks in the national media from taking notice of some impressive winning much of the last week.
Detroit swept both of their series on the eastern seaboard against tough foes, which was good enough to keep them within the top spot or, in some cases, push them into the top spot on all of the national ballots but one. The Tigers are on a roll, and it's showing.
Sports Illustrated: 1st. Last Week: 2nd. Detroit edges out Oakland for the top spot this week, powered mostly by the exploits of Miguel Cabrera and Victor Martinez, who's clutch and hot hitting is celebrated within. Both sluggers have gotten hot in May, which is driving the Tigers' surge to the top.
ESPN: 1st. Last Week: 1st. The Tigers hold on to ESPN's top spot "easily," considering their hot week of winning against A.L. East foes. Detroit swept the Red Sox in Boston for the first time in over 20 years (worthy of praise no matter the team's record), and continues to get good pitching and solid hitting.
USA Today: 1st. Last Week: 1st. Detroit remains in the top spot here, as the writers celebrate the accomplishment of Victor Martinez hitting safely in 19 out of his last 20 games with seven home runs. Monday, Martinez socked yet another home run to keep his hot streak alive.
Fox Sports: 2nd. Last Week: 3rd. The Tigers don't hit first for Fox Sports (that honor goes to Oakland this week) but do move up one spot in the rankings to second place. As they say, Brad Ausmus looks like a capable replacement for Jim Leyland, and the Tigers appear set to challenge for another ALCS and World Series appearance.
CBS Sports: 1st. Last Week: 1st. More love for Martinez from Matt Snyder, who says the Tigers might have to be concerned most about his impending free agency more than Max Scherzer's. The 35 year-old DH is called "indispensable" in this piece. Hard to disagree.
Highest Ranking: 1st
Lowest Ranking: 2nd
Their Overall Consensus: The Tigers have picked up steam thanks to a few live bats in the middle of the order (Cabrera, Martinez) and accurate pitching. As a result, they're looking like one of the best teams in baseball despite an offseason of change, and could be poised to make noise in the postseason.Baseball, Brad Ausmus, Detroit, Detroit Tigers, Max Scherzer, Miguel Cabrera, MLB, Victor Martinez