Sloppy Defense, Bullpen And Injuries Remain On Detroit Tigers' Long List Of Concerns

By Brad Faber
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The Detroit Tigers entered play on Sunday ranking 12th in the AL with 87 errors, and they added four more to that total in a 6-2 loss against the Chicago White SoxEugenio Suarez, Nick Castellanos, Don Kelly and Bryan Holaday each made errors in the game, giving the team a total of 91 on the season.

The Tigers are still obviously fighting for a playoff spot, and they simply cannot afford to be this sloppy on defense at this point in the season.

Rookies Castellanos and Suarez have now combined to make 22 errors on the left side of the infield this season, perhaps giving some more reason to argue that the Tigers should have traded for a full-time or part-time veteran infielder this summer to add a little experience over there. However, it should be noted that Carlos Guillen and Brandon Inge combined to make 50 errors on the left side of the infield in 2006, and the Tigers still made it to the World Series, so maybe Castellanos and Suarez will still be alright.

Defense is just one of several concerns for the Tigers. Other concerns for the Tigers include the bullpen and, of course, injuries. The loss of starting pitcher and reigning AL ERA champion Anibal Sanchez for perhaps the rest of the season remains a devastating blow, and many fans had high hopes for Joakim Soria after the Tigers acquired him from the Texas Rangers, but he remains sidelined with an oblique injury.

Now, Miguel Cabrera‘s lingering ankle injury has many fans understandably concerned as well.

Then, of course, the Tigers have other players such as Jose Iglesias, Bruce Rondon, Andy Dirks and Joel Hanrahan, who have not played a game the entire season.

With the loss on Sunday, the Tigers fell a half game behind the Kansas City Royals in the AL Central. The Royals will be playing the Cleveland Indians on Sunday night, so the Tigers could still remain in a tie for first place if the Royals lose. If Detroit wants to get to where they want to go, though, they need to start winning themselves and start playing sharper baseball.

Brad Faber is a Detroit Tigers writer for Follow him on Twitter @Brad_Faber, “Like” him on Facebook, or add him to your network on LinkedIn or Google.


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