The Detroit Tigers were in control against the Kansas City Royals who were prepared to make the Tigers work for their wins. Half a game back on the Chicago White Socks, Detroit missed a valuable opportunity to vault them into first place in the American League Central. The usual problems plagued the Tigers who were once again offensively inconsistent and managed a 6-2 victory. Betting websites are making a killing off the Tigers as no one can predict when the Tigers will show up to the ball games.
Losing low scoring games by one run has become a nasty habit for the Tigers who have played mediocrely since the all-star break. Detroit’s batters were stifled by Twins’ pitcher P.J. Walters on Sunday who owned a 2-4 record and a 6.39 ERA. Last night the Tigers were able to lift find their offensive abilities again and pulled a crucial 6-2 win out. The Tigers who desperately needed to find their offensive niche quickly found it by once again relying on MVP candidate Miguel Cabrera.
Unfortunately for the Tigers it has become apparent that if Cabrera has a bad outing the Tigers find themselves on the losing end of most games. Cabrera is still chasing both the Triple Crown and the MVP titles for this season. Cabrera still holds top spot for batting average as well as RBIs and is one back on Texas Ranger’s Josh Hamilton with forty-two.
The Tigers on the other hand have to deal with the Kansas City Royals who are looking to get out of the 2012 season with a couple more wins. Although the Royals are all but done for the season, they can still play spoiler to a very tight American League Central race. With only two weeks left any loss for the Tigers could be a costly one and the Royals have the chance to do just that. Betting on the Tigers to perform consistently however could prove the biggest problem in the next two weeks.
The good news for the Tigers is that the Chicago White Socks were swept by the Anaheim Angels which extended a life line for the Tigers. Had the White Socks won their games the Tigers would have likely been put into a hole they would not have bounced back from. The time for the Tigers to take back the lead from the White Socks is now.
Chicago is playing a three game set against the Cleveland Indians and then starts a four game series against the red hot Devil Rays. The Tigers will be relying on both Cleveland and Tampa to keep the sometimes floundering White Socks at bay.
The problem for the Tigers is their inconsistency and one can bet that if the Tigers are going to get into the playoffs they need to find the offensive magic from 2011 again. Although the Tigers are on paper the much better team the last few weeks have proven Detroit is not a team that can be relied on to deliver the wins. In the world of online sports betting putting money on the Tigers is a risk-takers dream because of how inconsistent the Tigers are on a nightly basis.