May proved to be a bizarre month for a bizarre team. The Tigers finished the month four games ahead of their March/April pace — a 16-11 record in May versus 12-15 in April and March.
As I wrote for ESPN.com’s SweetSpot blog yesterday, the Tigers have strung together winning streaks of three, four and seven games, and skids of four, five, six and seven during the first two months of the season. In fact, May began with the club five games into a seven-game slide and then they lost five straight in the middle of the month.
What could June have in store? Here’s a look at the current winning percentage of the teams on the Tigers’ schedule this month, not including the Twins who leave town after tonight:
- @ White Sox: .466
- @ Rangers: .536
- Mariners: .509
- Rays: .527 (This is a one-game makeup.)
- Indians: .615
- @ Rockies: .463
- @ Dodgers: .464
- Diamondbacks: .545
- Blue Jays: .509 (One-game makeup.)
- Mets: .463
As for the Indians, their schedule looks similar to the Tigers; they’ll face the Rangers, Twins, Yankees, Tigers, Pirates, Rockies, Giants and Diamondbacks.
How are you feeling about the month ahead?