Detroit Tigers' Bats Continue To Struggle In Loss To Cleveland Indians

By jaredgoltz
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Heading into the 2014 season, there wasn’t much skepticism about the Detroit Tigers‘ ability to hit the ball. The team was in the top three in nearly every major hitting category last season, which was one of the main reasons why they came within two games of reaching the World Series. In their of their last three losses, however, the Tigers’ bats have failed to produce. That trend continued tonight against the Cleveland Indians, as the Tigers fell 3-2. What is most alarming about this recently poor stretch of hitting are the pitchers that the Tigers are facing. In their last three losses, the team has only manage to produce two runs against the Likes of Andrew Cashner and Tyson Ross of the San Diego Padres, and Zach McAllister of the Indians. Combined, these pitchers have a career record of 34-40, and have failed to truly prove themselves against lesser talent than what the Tigers possess. The one bright spot in the game against the Indians was Miguel Cabrera, who drove in both runs for the Tigers. Currently on the season, the team ranks 27th in the league in runs scored. While the pitching is normally very good for the Tigers, and doesn’t require much run support, not many pitching staffs can do much with the production that the team has put up in their recent stretch of losses. If the Tigers don’t pick up their hitting production soon, don’t be surprised to see teams like the Indians or Chicago White Sox hanging around in the AL Central all year. Jared Goltz is a writer for Rant Sports. You can follow him on Twitter @jar3d_, or find him on Facebook or Google+.

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