Every Detroit Tigers hitter not named Miguel Cabrera struggled against the Tampa Bay Rays this weekend. Cabrera drove in four of the Tigers’ nine runs in the three-game series, all of which came via home runs.
Cabrera had three long balls in the series and seemed to be the only one who didn’t struggle in Florida. The rest of the Tigers’ lineup hit a combined .172 in the series. Victor Martinez and Omar Infante were the only Tigers other than Cabrera to have a multi-hit game all series.
The Tigers had tons of opportunities to put runs on the board but were unable to capitalize. They left 17 runners on base over the last two games of the series. They went 2-for-18 with runners in scoring position over the two losses.
The Tigers have lost five of their last six games and are now tied for first with the Cleveland Indians after they completed a four-game sweep of the Chicago White Sox over the weekend. It doesn’t get any easier as they now have to take on one of the hottest teams in baseball in the Toronto Blue Jays for four games in Canada.
Not only will they face a team who is hitting well — they also have the unfortunate task of going up against R.A. Dickey, who needed just 93 pitches in his last start to earn a complete game, two-hit shutout.
Rick Porcello notched a quality start in the loss despite giving up eight hits and two walks over six innings. It was a solid recovery after being pummeled by the Los Angeles Angels in his last start.