The Tigers had won 13 of 15 games, took over first place and looked dominate. They were the team everyone thought they would be heading into this season.
But after losing 3 of 4 on the road and looking very much like the team that struggled to get production consistently from the offense and had below average pitching, we need to ask, which is the real Tigers?
The answer may not be as simple as “they just aren’t good on the road” or that “the team is the good one, they are just slumping right now.”
What I feel they actually are, is both teams. They are an inconsistent bunch that can score at will and pitch very well when things are going right, but when something stops working, its a train wreck.
if Cabrera and Fielder can’t knock in 3 to 5 runs a game (which is quite hard) then the bottom of the order needs to pick them up and generate some offense, however that hasn’t been the case, when Cabrera and Feilder are going well, the bottom of the order is too, but that can’t be the absolute case.
It also seems that when the offense is struggling, so is the pitching staff. 2-1 wins aren’t commonplace with the year’s team. The staff has struggled to keep games close when the offense isn’t clicking.
But that is what this team is, a group that can dominate with the best of them when going right, but its only in short bursts that all things are going right.
The Tigers have a day game against the Blue Jays today. Anibal Sanchez is set to make his first start with the organization so all eyes will be on him to see if he can provide the staff a lift that it needs.
The offense needs to find its groove that has been missing on this road trip and start scoring some runs and help to win some games.
If they don’t find some consistency, they could be out of the playoffs before they notice they started and could even end up losing out on a division they should have easily won.
First pitch at 1:07 EST today…Cabrera’s first home run sometime about 1:15 EST (I hope runners are on when this happens).