Well, here we go. Rick Porcello–he of the 8-run first inning–is all that stands between the Tigers and a series sweep, at home, at the hands of the lowly Mariners.
Not to worry: Rick, who no doubt reads DTW before starts, will be inspired by both the picture for today’s post, and his resplendent full name festooned across the banner.
The Tiger offense continues to struggle (but it was King Felix), although the Boesch HR is a hopeful sign that he has emerged from his funk.
So what is wrong with the offense so far? Time to take a look, as promised.
Today’s category: Runner at 3rd and less than 2 out. The complaint is that the Tigers are awful at this, and waste rare scoring opportunities. Verdict: true, and it’s worse than it looks.
Detroit is dead last in the R3L2O category, only scoring 34% of its runners (AL average: 48%, Best team Toronto at 61%). But if you look at RBIs with a R32LO instead of runs scored, the Tiger performance drops to just 28%–5 of the runs they have scored have been on errors and wild pitches. Their OPS with R3L2O is .310, vs a league average of .820.
These are early season results and are based on small sample sizes, so some caution must be used in concluding anything about how the season will go. The R3L2O failure has definitely been a part of the early season struggle to score runs though. We will revisit these things on a periodic basis.
Today’s Player of the Pre-game: Andy Dirks
This is the day the Dirks day-to-day ends, and it ends up with him in the leadoff spot. Guy still can’t manage to take the field with a glove on though.
Today’s Where is Everyone? Lineup: