Sadly this is not the type of twin killing Tiger’s fans would prefer or expect. It was a twin killing of the Tigers (Get it?! Because the Twins won and they beat the Tigers twice. Get it?!) not a killing of the Twins by the Tigers. How in the world is it possible that this lineup can lose two games to the worst team in baseball? I simply can’t fathom how it’s possible. The differences in career statistics, payroll, awards, and name recognition are staggeringly in the Tiger’s favor. What is the problem with the Tigers? Is it chemistry? Is it attitude? Is it approach to the game? I really can’t speak to the team’s mental state, and I certainly haven’t noticed a lack of team chemistry. What I can say is that there doesn’t seem to be any team urgency and I think that attitude starts with Jim Leyland. I truly think there are situations and games that he decides it’s acceptable to give away. I can’t say how many times I’ve thought and said out loud when watching a game that Leyland has given up on this game. I don’t necessarily think that Leyland treated today’s game that way, but I think his “right now doesn’t matter” attitude has seeped into the offense. There are always ups and downs with bullpens and so I don’t know that it’s the case with that group, but watching at bats by most of these hitters has me thinking they just don’t care about winning now. There are very few players that seem to have smart at bats in situations where one is needed. The team’s overall lack of walks is one perfect example of this, but also swinging away at pitches in the dirt and way outside, after the pitcher has walked the two previous batters on 9 pitches in the 8th inning with two men on, is the entire opposite of smart. I just don’t see how it’s possible to be urgent about wins and not think that getting as many runners on base as possible is important. If Leyland, Dombrowski, McClendon or whoever is the source of this attitude can’t get these guys to take some walks and really try and care about winning now then I’m actually somewhat nervous about making the playoffs. Historically Leyland’s teams have been terrible in the second half of the season. If they’re losing now and have a typical Leyland second half how will they make the playoffs? Is this being overly reactionary or spouting hyperbole? I certainly hope so, because I’d love for them to prove me wrong on that point.
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Written by Brett Decker
I'm a graduate of Olivet Nazarene University with a degree in Social and Political Science. I love talking sports and welcome sports related tweets @decker_brett.