Detroit just swept Cleveland, and after a four-game series in St. Petersburg, their schedule is incredibly easy the rest of the way.
Detroit's last real test -- outside of the White Sox and/or Indians, if you consider either team a test -- will be in this week's four-game set with the Rays at Tropicana Field.
After that, he's Detroit schedule: @Twins (3), vs. Royals (4), vs. White Sox (3), @Indians (3), vs. Twins (3), @White Sox (3), @Athletics (4), @Royals (2), vs. Orioles (4), vs. Indians (3).
An easier breakdown:
- Minnesota (6): Detroit is 9-3 against the Twins, who have a .437 winning percentage
- Kansas City (6): 8-4 vs. Royals, .406 WP
- Chicago (6): 7-5 vs. White Sox, .500 WP
- Cleveland (6): 6-6 vs. Indians, .504 WP
- Oakland (4): 3-3 vs. A's, .449 WP
- Baltimore (4): 3-3 vs. Orioles, .379 WP
Cleveland is fading fast -- being swept when Justin Verlander doesn't pitch is pretty rough -- Minnesota and Kansas City are fairly defenseless, the A's and Orioles are differing levels of bad...so that leaves the White Sox as the stiffest challenge left for Detroit.
Luckily for the White Sox, their schedule lines up nothing but division teams until the final series of the year, a three-gamer against Toronto in Chicago. As long as the Sox's ineptitude against AL Central teams doesn't return, Detroit's soft slate could be negated down the stretch.
Adam Dunn against righties: .202/.325/.375, 11 HR, 46 BB, 113 K. That's still below average -- a 93 wRC+ -- but it's not crippling (ignoring Dunn's salary, obviously). So, naturally, Dunn better not face another lefty this season. As soon as a lefty reliever enters a game to face Dunn, he should be taken out. Brent Lillibridge and Alejandro De Aza should take those at-bats, or after Sept. 1, Dayan Viciedo and Tyler Flowers should be viewed as options as well.