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Tuesday Night’s Rainout Could Come at Right Time for Detroit Tigers

June 11th, 2014 at 12:52 PM
By Max DeMara

The Detroit Tigers enjoyed a comfortable schedule early on this season, but since, the realities of the baseball grind may have caught up to them a bit in the midst of a nasty slide.

'US Cellular Field @ Chicago' photo (c) 2012, kikunomago - license: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/

Fortunately for them, the rain fell on Tuesday in Chicago, washing away any chance of a third consecutive loss, and perhaps more frustrated feelings which could have led to more losing.

Instead, the Tigers got to catch their breath, rest up and refocus. Most look at rain outs as an evil in baseball, but in some cases, they can be good. Many forget that 162 games is a taxing marathon. The fact that the Tigers had a comfortable schedule early on could be playing a role in their recent troubles.

May 15 and June 2 were the only two off days Detroit has had recently. In the meantime, they've gone from Boston to Cleveland to Detroit, then out west to Oakland and then Seattle, then back home for six consecutive games.

This isn't to make excuses for the Tigers' bad pitching, lack of clutch hitting or inability to finish off a ninth inning, but lack of rest and the extended grind does take a major toll on a team, which can mean losing streaks can linger for multiple weeks at a time and funks can carry over.

With a day off, the Tigers had a chance to center themselves in Chicago and get ready for the next important task at hand, which includes four consecutive series against the Central Division and yet another three stop road trip, which includes a swing through the heat of Texas. They'll get two more days off in between those road series

Yesterday's rainout, though, could have a positive effect. Don't be surprised to see a fresher Tigers' team on Wednesday night competing at U.S. Cellular Field, aided by an unexpected but necessary day of rest.

Since nothing else has worked, it's time to see what effect a day off might have.

Max DeMara is the editor of @tigers_101. Follow the site there on Twitter, or like it on Facebook to connect with him.

Tags: Baseball, Detroit, Detroit Tigers, MLB

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