Doug Fister must feel like he’s back in Seattle with the lack of run support he’s been getting so far this season. He’s technically averaging 5.5 runs of run support which is nearly a full run higher than Justin Verlander. However, Verlander has had a few less unfortunate happenings with the bullpen and offense. Fister has had no wins since coming back from the DL, but also has no losses. As much as I hate the Wins statistic for starting pitchers, the Loss statistic states that a pitcher, and in this case Fister, has not pitched poorly enough to ever have the lack of a win be his fault. This then brings again to mind the reasons for why the Tigers are struggling. The Tiger’s lack of offense has been a concern that’s been harped on quite a bit here and it reared it’s ugly head in the game last night. The game winning run was scored on a throwing error by Prince Fielder, but anyone when asked about the fielder signing said the same thing, there will be no defense. Disappointment comes from unrealized expectations. The Tiger’s 2006 season was such an exciting time for the fans and organization alike because they weren’t expected to win their division much less the ALCS. The 2007 season was such a disappointment because after going to the world series the expectations for the team were elevated and the team failed, by one infuriatingly officiated game, to make the playoffs. Last season the Tigers were expected to do well and did in fact do quite well although many fans were disappointed by the lack of offense and poor bullpen showing in the ALCS that causde them to be ousted. This season came with a high amount of expectation because of the high profile addition of Prince Fielder to an ALCS team from the season before. No one expected the team to be good defensively with the move of Miguel Cabrera to 3rd base and Fielder his replacement being a less capable defender. This is why the bad throw by Fielder causing the Indians to go ahead in the 8th inning or that they even lost the game is not the concern. The concern that is continually growing among Tiger’s fans, coaches and administration is the compounding of poor defense and a less than stellar showing from a bullpen which also had high expectations resulting in losses rather than high scoring wins. This Tigers offense was expected to be free swinging and high scoring. The free swinging part has certainly occurred, but the scoring has not. Perhaps the team should cut down a little more on the free swinging and work more towards the high scoring. I can’t swear that swinging less freely and attempting to get more walks will actually result in more walks and increased scoring. However, one would think that it would work better than strikeouts and hitting into double plays on the first pitch.
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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.