All the planets seem to be aligned for the 2006 Detroit Tigers since they are holders of the best record in baseball as we head into the dog days of summer. While their hitting statistics place them in the middle of the pack their pitching is on a different level than most other teams.
Their ERA of 3.46 puts them 45 points ahead of the next best team which would be San Diego and theyre the only two teams below 4.00. They head back into action Thursday when they host the KC Royals for a four game set. Then they and the champion Chicago White Sox will begin a huge series on Monday.
One startling statistic that jumps out at you is that the Oakland Athletics are somehow are tied for first place with the Rangers. Considering that their batting average is the worst in the majors at .243 and their RBI total 364 is also the worst in the majors, I just dont get it.
Former Braves pitching coach, Lee Mazzone, cannot be blamed for accepting a hefty raise when he moved from Atlanta to Baltimore, but his pitching staffs performance is raising eyebrows. The ERA of 5.29 is only trailed by KCs 5.79 and Baltimores season is over for the fans at Camden Yard.