Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 5/17/12

LAKELAND, FL - FEBRUARY 21: (EDITOR'S NOTE: IMAGES HAVE BEEN DIGITALLY DESATURATED) Manager, Jim Leyland #10 of the Detroit Tigers poses for a portrait during Photo Day on February 21, 2009 at Joker Marchant Stadium in Lakeland, Florida. (Photo by Nick Laham/Getty Images)

Manager Jim Leyland's bench might be thin but his patience doesn't seem to be.

Leyland expressed surprise Thursday that his club is two games below .500 and continues to flounder 38 games into the season.

Detroit reached its low point by being swept by Minnesota, 4-3, and has lost five of its last seven outings.

"The only thing that's been consistent is the inconsistency," Leyland said. "It's kind of mind-boggling to me."

The Tigers have made eight errors in their last three games but that, says the manager, is the least of his worries.

"I've said all along we're an average defensive team," he said. "That all gets magnified when you lose the game.

"It's been different things pop up. Everything just hits you when you're not going well. We're just not doing enough things you need to do to win games."

Leyland was speaking calmly, without agitation or irritation. Like a manager who understands that blowing up at this point isn't a remedy for what he hopes is a short-term problem.

"I'm a little surprised to say the least," Leyland said, "But I don't look up all of a sudden and say, 'We're not a good team.' I love this team. It's going to come out of it.

"I just don't think you think it will just automatically turn around, though. You've got to go out and make it happen. You can get caught anticipating and assuming it's just going to happen. You have to make it happen."

So far, though, what keeps happening are the different breakdowns on an almost daily basis.

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