Nathan is horrible but the offense was worse.
During this four game losing streak the Tigers have scored a total of nine runs. That’s putting a lot of pressure on the pitching staff.
The pitching hasn’t been good either.
Max was ok. He only allowed two runs but the Tigers needed him to pitch deep into the game but he couldn’t make it through six.
I was at the game and it was one of the most irritating that I could remember. Max stood on the mound and allowed the Indians to foul pitch after pitch off and drive his pitch count up. As a result he had to leave after five and two thirds.
High pitch counts have plagued the Tigers pitching staff for a long time. For some reason they have a religious aversion to throwing inside. They allowed hitters to lean over the plate and send their pitch counts through the roof. Now add in an abomination of a bullpen and you begin to understand why the Tigers haven’t won the World Series since 1984 and probably won’t win this year.
Smyly is on the mound tomorrow. I’m not optimistic.
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