Just like Michael Curtiz in filmdom…just blame Brandon Inge.
The numbers are numbing.
It has been 13 straight games that opposing starters have pitched at least five innings against the Tigers, not exactly a ringing endorsement for a high-octane offense created to put relentless pressure on starting pitching, forcing managers to use their bullpens much earlier than they’d prefer.
How can a team boasting one of the most potent lineups in baseball rank in the top five in the American League in only one productive offensive statistic?
Entering Monday, the Tigers were tied for second in triples. That’s it.
They ranked 12th in the American League in OPS (on-base percentage plus slugging percentage), surpassing only offensively challenged Seattle and Oakland. They ranked 10th in the league in batting average, as well as RBIs. They rank last in doubles, a telling statistic considering Comerica Park long has been considered a doubles ballpark.
...Alex Avila wrote it off as one of those cyclical occurrences over the course of a long season. And he’s right. Pounding the ball comes and goes, placing a higher priority on consistent quality pitching and defense. But when you’ve tied your overall success to your slugging as the Tigers have this season, they must endure higher scrutiny when they’re not hitting.