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Tigers Start 5-1 on the Road, Head Back to Detroit for the Home Opener

The Detroit Tigers started their 2024 season in Chicago (White Sox) and New York (Mets), returning home for Opening Day on Friday with a 5-1 record.  In those six games, the Tigers outscored their opponents 23-13 over the course of those six games.

Quality starts might have been the headline story of the week.  Tarik Skubal pitched a three hit, six inning shutout in the Opener.  Similarly, Reese Olson pitched 5.2 innings without a run, on Monday in New York. And on Thursday evening, Matt Manning went 5.2 inning without giving up a run or a hit, despite the 2-1 loss to the Mets in the bottom of the ninth.

While the Tigers did produce an average of nearly four runs per game, there hasn’t been much consistency on offense.  It’s been a story of clutch hits in key times to help secure victory in a number of very close games.  It was Riley Greene‘s game tying homer in the 11th and Colt Keith‘s go-ahead double the secured victory number five.  On Monday, it was Carson Kelly‘s three-run blast that busted the game open in the 10th to allow the Tigers to secure the win.

Getting the Bats Going

The biggest hype coming into the season has been around the potential in the Tigers lineup.  Yet despite the expectations, productivity has yet to arrive.  The Tigers will need some consistency at the plate soon, as they will welcome both the Twins and World Champion Texas Rangers to Comerica Park starting next week.  MLB pundits have their pulse on Tigers hitters, as both Riley Greene and Spencer Torkelson were guests on MLB Central earlier this week.

Next up it was Kerry Carpenter, who went on High Heat to talk about his success at the end of last season and his goals and expectations for this Tigers team in 2024.

A 5-1 record puts Detroit in a strong position headed into the weekend series against Oakland.  Tigers fans sure hope to see the same kind of quality starts from the pitching staff, as Tarik Skubal takes the mound today at 1:10 pm.  However, if the bats got hot this weekend, fans could be in for a real treat.

Happy Opening Day, Detroit!

Brian is the Managing Editor at Legends on Deck and Co-Host on Legends On Deck Podcast. He's been writing about baseball at LOD since 2017. He grew up in the Detroit area and is a lifelong Tigers fan. However, he shares some affinity for his son George's favorite team, the Atlanta Braves. Brian also has a particular interest in the amateur side of the game, including high school, college and collegiate summer league baseball. Brian and George also love collecting and selling baseball cards. You can find them selling on eBay (@Kossball) or posting on George's Instagram (@Kossball). Brian lives in Horizon West (Winter Garden), Florida with his wife (Grace), three daughters and George the Card Kid. You can also reach him at brianmkoss@gmail.com

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