DETROIT — When the New York Yankees left town on Thursday afternoon, the casual thought was that things couldn't possibly get any worse for the Detroit Tigers. The temperatures were trending up, and the Cleveland Indians, a team the Tigers have dominated, were coming to town.
Baseball, though, can be a humbling sport, and Friday night proved that. The Indians came to town and thrashed the previously untouchable Shane Greene in the series opener, racking up 15 total hits and 13 runs in another ugly rout.
The warts remained the same for Detroit. Offensively, the Tigers left 11 players on the bases, struck out 13 total times and didn't show any patience against Danny Salazar, who worked seven innings without much stress. The Tigers' bullpen also showed weakness, as Alex Wilson and Al Alburquerque combined to allow five earned runs and three home runs.
It's one of those stretches right now for Detroit that come in baseball, and a reason that the Tigers' 11-2 start was a bit of a mirage. They didn't face much adversity over the first week of the season, but things were never going to remain that easy for the whole of the schedule.Read more... Join the Conversation...