The Detroit Tigers are hanging around in the American League Central Division race and they are winning vs. the odds at the Internet gambling companies thanks to some rookies.
Brennan Boesch and Austin Jackson are tearing it up for the Tigers and helping them win games vs. online gambling odds.
Internet gambling companies list the Tigers as one of the contenders in the American League but behind marquee teams like New York and Boston. The Tigers have some talent though, some of it quite young. Boesch was leading all American League rookies in batting average at .352 and he had 22 RBIs. The Tigers were expected to have a couple of rookies in the lineup but it was thought that the two would be Jackson and second baseman Scott Sizemore. Instead it has been Boesch and Jackson. Sizemore was sent back down to Triple A. Boesch has been the huge surprise this season. He was drafted third out of California in 2006 and led the Double-A Eastern League with 28 homers last year. He was still not listed as one of Detroit’s top 10 prospects. Many of the Detroit veterans like Johnny Damon, Carlos Guillen and Brandon Inge have been helping the rookie. So far this season he has been fantastic as on many nights he has been carrying the offense.
Not to be left out of the discussion for Detroit is Austin Jackson. He was part of the Curtis Granderson deal. He was leading the American League in hitting earlier this month but he has fallen off recently. He needs to cut down on his strikeouts if he is to get back to where he was earlier in the season. He was still leading the Tigers with a .337 average but he has been well off that pace this month.
The Tigers have been very good at home this season but they have struggled a bit on the road. It is oftentimes easier for younger players to excel at home in front of their hometown fans. Detroit should be competing with Minnesota all season for the American League Central Division title. The Tigers have some good young talent that should keep them in the hunt vs. the online gambling odds this baseball season.