The Detroit Tigers completed a sweep of the Minnesota Twins tonight 4-3 in pretty exciting fashion as Miguel Cabrera hit a go-ahead home run in the ninth. However, there are plenty of questions to ask after today’s game.
Does this give the Tigers, who are currently three games back of first place Cleveland (yes that’s right, Cleveland), momentum heading in to Fenway Park and the rest of the season? Is this going to be the series we look back on in September, claiming it to be the “turning point”? And last but not certainly not least, what happens to Quintin Berry when Austin Jackson returns from the disabled list?
Well, for starters I think this does give the Tigers momentum heading in to Boston. The offense finally seem to get going, with Prince, Cabrera and Berry leading the way. Also, Andy Dirks had a few big hits in the series. But for the first time in a long time, it seemed to me the Tigers showed extra fight in them when the Twins would score. I believe this series will be a sign of things to come for the Tigers.
As for the series being the “turning point,” I am not sure if it will be. Only because I think the there will be many more series like this for them. Although it was against the last place Twins, I still think the team has found their confidence heading into the hot summer. But the biggest statements will have to be made against the better teams in the division, Chicago and Cleveland.
Finally, what to do with Quinton Berry. Filling in for Austin Jackson, Berry is hitting .381 with eight hits and six runs. He is the first Tiger since 1918 to hit safely in his first five major league games. Berry has been in the minors since 2006, most recently with the Toledo Mud Hens when the Tigers took a shot on him. So far, he has been great but it is only five games. With that said, he seems to have earned a right to stay with the team. So when Jackson returns, I feel Don Kelly might be on his way out. However, another possibility could be Danny Worth. It will be interesting to see what happens with Berry.
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