With the kind of slump that the Detroit Tigers are in, many people would start worrying. How often do you see a team with the best record in the league go on to lose eight of 10 games? Not many.
However, there’s no need to panic in the Motor City after the recent 2-8 record in a recent 10-game stretch. During the stretch, Tigers pitchers have given up an average of 7.5 runs per game and the once-promising starting rotation has gone somewhat awry.
Wednesday night’s loss to the Oakland Athletics because of a blown save by Joe Nathan was especially hard to take because of the way Anibal Sanchez had pitched all night.
Why shouldn’t we worry about this team that has gone from 27-12 and by far the best record in baseball to just 29-20? Well, mostly because we are still in the month of May, but also because every team experiences a stretch like this at some point.
For the Tigers to go through a rough patch like this so early in the season is good for the team and first-year manager Brad Ausmus. They had experienced so much success before losing eight of 10 and it started to look like they were unstoppable.
Every team needs a wake-up call.
If this happened later on in the season during a tight division race, Detroit would need to worry a little more, but this is just May and the team still has a sizable five-game lead in the AL Central.
Don’t worry about the Tigers’ recent silent bats and poor pitching performances, this team will be fine.
The bullpen, however, is another story.
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