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Offense asleep as Tigers run scoring woes continue

Chad Logan 6-30-09

Its hard to imagine that a team with two players in the top ten of homeruns in the AL have scored just 9 runs sinse their inter-league sweep of the North Side Cubs (Chicago’s North Side), but that is what the Tigers have done. In fact, if you take away Brandon Inge’s 9th inning heroics on June 28th against the Astros, the offense would be averaging two runs a game over that span, and most likely, would be in the midst of a four game losing streak.

So, what’s the answer? Who is to blame?

Since baseball is a game of stats, let’s look a little deeper.

Among all AL Teams, the Tigers rank 5th in Homeruns, but 8th in Runs, 9th in Slugging %, and 10th in Average, and while that doesn’t sound to alarming, it also doesn’t sound like a team searching to relive the glory of the 2006 season.

On the flip side, the Tigers pitching staff have been nothing short of amazing (for a Tigers pitching staff anyway).

Also among AL Teams, the Tigers have allowed the 4th fewest runs, and are 6th in K’s. And, that’s not even to mention that amazing story that is Fernando Rodney being 17 for 17 in save attempts this year.

In upcoming articles, I will look deeper into what may be ailing the Tigers, and what they can do to help fix the problem.

So, while the team tries to steady their life boat and remain floating on top of the AL Central, lets all hope the bats wake up before the arms go to sleep.

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