So, MLive? Are the Tigers gonna turn things around in the second half? Here’s Wednesday’s answer:
And, from the same author, here’s Thursday’s:
I know sometimes editors will pitch you things like “how about today you argue why X will happen and tomorrow you argue why Y will happen.” It’s a great way to make lists and drive page views if you’re into those things for their own sake.
But it also makes you look rather silly, because most people aren’t following you so closely to recognize that you’re being cute like that. They, foolishly I guess, assume that writers take actual stands and honestly analyze a given issue rather than throw all possible outcomes against the wall and hope that someone will like one of them and reward you with pageviews.
(Thanks to Allison for the heads up. And for not choosing to simply believe the story that predicts the Tigers’ success while ignoring the other one)
The Red Sox and Mariners left nothing on the table Friday night, going head-to-head in a series opener that eventually ended 14-10 in the Sox’ favor. Led by Steven Wright and Wade LeBlanc — neither of whom made it past the fifth inning — the teams combined for 34 hits and four home runs, including two moonshots from Seattle’s Nelson Cruz and a five-run rally that gave Boston the edge in the seventh.
In the sixth inning, however, the Red Sox were still scrambling to make up a four-run deficit. Left fielder J.D. Martinez cut it in half with one swing, pouncing on an 89.5-mph fastball from Seattle right-hander Nick Vincent and posting it to dead center field for a two-run shot.
The 427-foot blast was Martinez’s 23rd of the season, tying Mike Trout for the most home runs in the league this year. While he still has a ways to go before eclipsing the career-best 45-HR mark he set in 2017, he’s off to a strong start this season: Entering Friday’s game, the 30-year-old slugger was batting .315/.386/.623 with a 1.009 OPS and AL-leading 55 RBI in 308 PA. He finished Friday’s game 4-for-5 with five RBI, just one triple shy of hitting for the cycle.
Heading into the All-Star Break, both Martinez and Trout still have some competition for the home run title. Jose Ramirez is sitting at 22 homers, while Nelson Cruz and Khris Davis are tied at 20 apiece.