Originally written on Baseball Hot Corner  |  Last updated 4/30/13
The Detroit Tigers were scuffling a bit offensively through the early weeks of this season. A combination of solid pitching by their opposition, cold weather, and visiting some pitcher’s parks on their only West Coast swing of the season all spelled out a spate of games where Detroit’s lineup seemed very docile and apathetic. The easy way to express the offensive malaise was pointing out that the Tigers had collectively hit only 12 home-runs through the first 20 games of the season ranking near the bottom in the American League. The lack of run scoring had put the club at .500 in the early going and was exposing the weaknesses of the Tigers bullpen by failing to pad any leads. Detroit’s bullpen was often left to battle with slim margins for error in the early going. Rock solid bullpens would have issues being perfect under the circumstances Detroit’s was operating. Given the state of arms in the Tigers ‘pen, it led to a lot of consternation among observers of the club. After droppin...
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