Though they're rapidly improving, things haven't been grea for the Detroit Tigers lately, and the national media has taken notice on both fronts. Most keep pushing the Tigers down further within the top 10 of the power rankings as a result.
A good weekend in Cleveland for Justin Verlander helped soften the blow, and provide the team and their fans with a bit of needed confidence as the team starts a Texas swing on their latest road trip. Can that momentum continue, however?
Sports Illustrated: 8th. Last Week: 7th. The Tigers fall one spot to eighth after a 4-3 week, but there are definite signs of life after Kansas City took three of four games in Detroit last week. Case in point: Detroit's sweep of Cleveland. The staff sees this, which is likely why the Tigers didn't take that significant of a dive.
ESPN: 7th. Last Week: 6th. As is said, the Detroit Tigers are getting better staring pitching from the top of their rotation which took the sting off a rough week against the Royals. That's good enough to keep the team not moving down far in the polls presented here.
USA Today: 5th. Last Week: 6th. USA Today keeps the Tigers in the top five, and says that Justin Verlander starts are appointment viewing, like trips to the dentist. Not sure if that's a compliment or a slight, but Verlander pitched much better against Cleveland this time around.
Fox Sports: 7th. Last Week: 7th. Fox leaves Detroit at level, and lauds Verlander for his better performance. As they say, prior to the gem, he had given up 19 earned runs. Ouch. That puts his solid start in proper perspective.
CBS Sports: 10th. Last Week: 7th. Matt Snyder devotes his column space to the Tigers trouble on June 18, basically surmising that the team needed to get better pitching to survive. Snyder also thinks its fair to worry about the Tigers, but knows they can flip a switch, get hot and take over. Kind of like they did over the weekend, no?
Highest Rank: 10th
Lowest Rank: 5th
Their Overall Consensus: The Tigers have gotten better starting pitching lately, which is the only way they will truly pull themselves from the depths of their latest slump. There's reasons to be concerned, but also reasons to be optimistic, given Detroit's performance in Cleveland over the weekend.
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