The one given for the Detroit Tigers this season was supposed to be offense. The defense was going to be questionable and there was some uncertainty over the back end of the rotation, but no one doubted that the Tigers would hit.
Right now, they aren't hitting.
In Detroit's last 10 games, the offense has produced only 30 runs at a .210 batting average - a rate that has let the pitching-rich White Sox stay within a half-game of first place. Cleveland is another half-game behind in third.
"We're not hitting right now," Tigers manager Jim Leyland said. "We're not swinging the bats well at all. We're going to hit - look at the track records of these players - but we're not hitting now."
The problem isn't limited to one player, either. Brandon Inge's struggles at the plate - he's hitting .056 - have drawn the most attention from the fans, as shown by the boos that rained down Sunday when he came out to pinch-hit, but it isn't like Leyland has great options behind him at second base. ...