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Tiger Offense explodes, Bullpen Nearly Implodes
Posted By Brett Decker On May 11 2012 @ 12:53 pm In Detroit Tigers | No Comments
The Detroit Tigers have begun to follow a common trend for them which is a few games of very poor offense followed by a single game of an offensive explosion. One of those outpourings of offense happened last night against Bartolo Colon and most of the Oakland bullpen. The Tiger’s scored 10 runs on 17 hits and a walk and used that offense to survive another horrible outing by the bullpen, more specifically Phil Coke and Colin Balester. Coke allowed two singles and a walk with two outs and Balester gave up a grand slam to the offensive powerhouse that is Brandon Inge. Very fortunately for Coke and Balester, Benoit and Valverde came in and closed out the game, Scherzer only allowed 2 runs during his start, and the offense scored 10 runs. This is exactly the reason the Tigers need to keep scoring runs. Bob Wojonowski asked on the Jamie and Wojo radio show whether or not fans would prefer terrific starting pitching like we’re currently getting, or a terrific offense. I would absolutely prefer the offense. Runs can cure a lot of issues and make up for a lot of flaws. This lineup was created with the expectation that the runs it would score would make up for the likely defensive shortcomings it would also create. The defensive issues, while somewhat present, have been far from problematic or even the reason for losses. The bullpen and lack of offense have. As this last game has shown, a good start and a horrible bullpen performance, or even a decent start and a less than great bullpen performance, can be made up for by a lot of runs. Is it the best way to win a World Series, but that’s not the situation the Tigers find themselves in. They have what is a much better than average starting rotation and what should be a very good bullpen along with what should be a very very good offense. That is far from the same as a lack of pitching and a lot of offense. The bullpen will (most likely) not continue to make those mistakes, but the starting rotation will most likely not be as good top to bottom as it has been so far. That means that what should absolutely have been better before now needs to get better and that is the offense and we’ve seen glimpses of what that can be. Keep Andy Dirks in the 2nd spot in the lineup and that offense will continue to blossom in my opinion.
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