After scoring 16 runs the first game of the series the Tigers scored just five the final two games. As a result, they lost the weekend series and the season series to the Royals.
As we have noted here several times, the Tigers cannot manufacture runs. When they are not pounding the ball it is difficult for them to score. It is difficult for them to win. Couple that with sub-par pitching 3 of the last 4 games and we have a recipe for disaster.
I know, statistically, the Tigers have the best offense in baseball. However, these numbers are skewed. The Tigers put up huge numbers in a game or two and then do relatively little for the next week. If we take this series with the Royals, the Tigers scored 21 runs in 3 games for an average of 7 runs per game. But like Mark Twain said, “there are lies, damn lies and statistics.” Upon closer examination we see the real picture. 16 runs the first game, 3 runs the second and 2 runs in the third. If we take just the last two games, the Tigers only scored 2.5 runs per, hardly enough to win.
The Tigers have gotten away with streaky offense most of this season but that was due in large part to the pitching. But now the pitching needs to be picked up and the offense can’t find a way to score with consistency.
The Tigers have positioned themselves to win with a specific formula, pitching, defense, and homers. When any of these three elements are lacking the Tigers struggle to win.
In the first game of this series Tigers announcer Rod Allen marveled at how the Tigers continued to grind out at bats with the score well in hand. Over the last two games, we didn’t see a lot of grinding, unless you count grinding to a halt.
Alex Avila threw out Lorenzo Cain, the second consecutive base runner the Tigers have thrown out, in the second inning. Iggy hit a homer in the 3rd to give the Tigers the lead but that was about all there was to cheer about for Tigers fans today.
Much like JV, I’m not sure what to make of this team, but my hope of the 29 year drought coming to an end this season is fading, and fast.
Let’s see what they can do in Chicago.
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