As you know, my daughter Stephanie has been blogging about the Detroit Tigers. As one of her favoutite teams, she's actually never grown up and seen them have a good season, until now. The Tigers have just finished a very nice month of April. If you want to know the particulars, the won 16 games, the most wins in the month of April since the glorious 1984 season, when the team went 35-5 and won the World Series. They also enjoyed 5 shut outs, which is the most ever. When you think of the long history of the Tigers that is amazing.
What has done this for the Tigers has to be the pitching. I know what you must be thinking, Pitching amd Tigers isn't the combination most think of when thinking of the Tigers, yet it's true. Right now the Tigers have a combined team ERA of 3.35, which is the best in the AL and the second best in MLB. If you want to compare, last year the team's ERA was 4.51 and in 2003, when the only won 43 games it was 5.30, so in the space of three years, their average has decreased by almost 2 runs per game.
I know some will say that there's still a lot of baseball to be played and certainly that is true, but on the other hand, they've played 25 games and they won 16 of them and that's 16 wins they don't have to try and get at another time of the year.