It’s happened again — the Detroit Tigers have lost yet another game thanks to their lack of production on offense. For the third straight game in these 2013 MLB Playoffs. It’s hard to see a team with Detroit’s caliber go down so easily in two of three games to the Oakland Athletics.
Will this poor offense doom the Tigers in the series? Miguel Cabrera has just three hits in the series with just one RBI. The probably AL MVP has been struggling, especially since he has been plagued by a nagging injury to his lower body that has kept him from putting more power into his swings.
Yes, it’s true, if this team doesn’t start hitting, they will be sitting at home watching the Athletics play in the ALCS while telling themselves “there’s always next year”.
The offense that was so potent in the regular season has just accumulated 14 hits in three games, good for a .219 average and just six runs. Averaging two runs per game in the postseason is not going to cut it. Let’s not forget, this team was no-hit in the final game of the regular season and it seems like the offense has yet to recover and gain momentum in the playoffs.
Cabrera and Prince Fielder have combined for six hits and a .250 average through three games — that’s not going to win any playoff games when the three-four hitters are struggling.
Leadoff hitter Austin Jackson has just one hit in the series while No. 2 man Torii Hunter has just two. Yes, the top-four hitters in the lineup have a combined nine hits through three games. Just awful. If the Tigers lose the series, it can be blamed on the hitting, not the pitching.
The only fireworks that the Tigers saw in game three besides the three-run fourth inning was the near-fight that occurred between Victor Martinez and Grant Balfour in the ninth inning.
It’s time for the Tigers offense to break out, because if they do, they can win the World Series. If they don’t they won’t live to see another game past Tuesday evening.