Long time readers of this site remember a feature called the Inning Report. Reader Sam Hoff would break down the season into 18 game segments or “innings.” Why 18 game? Because there are 9 18 game segments in a season. When the Tigers completed the Oakland series that also completed the second inning. Sam is still putting these together, but he’s posting them on his site this season. So click through to read The Fourth Inning is over with games through last Friday.
The Tigers had their best inning in terms of wins and losses, and that was despite much hand wringing during a 4 game skid. Remarkably they did it by outscoring their opponents by only 1 run over the 18 games. They did very well in close games, which is either good news (that they outperformed basic luck) or bad news (that it probably isn’t sustainable).
A couple things of note:
- This is the homering-est inning for Tigers hitters since Sam started doing these reports in 2007. A little bit surprising since a chunk of the games were played in NL parks without a DH
- The run prevention has been very consistent in each inning. However this time around the Tigers relied very heavily on the bullpen.