Are Detroit Tigers Back on Track Against Tampa Bay Rays Despite Loss?

By Connor Muldowney
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Despite the fact that the Detroit Tigers may have the best hitter and pitcher in all of baseball on their team, they are in the midst of a slump. Whether it’s because Austin Jackson has been on the disabled list for the better part of a month now or they have just hit a funk, the Tigers are struggling.

Jackson has been out for a while and the Tigers have experienced an 11-12 record without him, including their most recent loss against the Tampa Bay Rays on Wednesday night.

The Tigers took a 0-0 tie to the ninth inning in the game before allowing three runs and losing with no offensive output in sight. The team’s offense has been a serious issue lately, dropping from first in the league in runs to second and averaging about a 1.5 runs in their last seven losses, including three shutouts.

There’s no doubt that this team needs to step up their offensive output. Miguel Cabrera and Prince Fielder can’t account for all of the team’s offense all of the time.

Winning 10-1 two nights ago was a good sign, but they regressed and were shut out, racking up just a measly six hits in the process.

Detroit has the best offense in baseball hands down, so the fact that they are struggling to score is an issue. Sure, they need their catalyst in Jackson back, but that’s no excuse to be averaging 1.5 runs in the last seven losses. Well, there’s no excuses to have lost seven of their past 11 games in general.

The 10-1 thrashing of the Rays was a good sign, but the 3-0 loss was a poor one. Hopefully this was just a fluke game and the Tigers’ offense is on their way back to prominence, leading to a win streak.

Watch out, baseball, this team can get hot at any time.

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