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Kittens come up short again in 6-1 loss to White Sox

Sep 10, 2012, 11:40 PM EDT

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Going 0-for-10 with runners in scoring position isn’t a recipe for success.

Since sweeping the White Sox from Aug. 31-Sept. 2, the Tigers have been tamed at the plate:

Sept. 3: Lost 2-3 vs. Clev
Sept. 4: Lost 2-3 vs. Clev
Sept. 5: Won 7-1 vs. Clev
Sept. 7: Lost 2-3 at LAA
Sept. 8: Lost 1-6 at LAA
Sept. 9: Lost 2-3 at LAA
Sept. 10: Lost 1-6 at CWS

That’s 17 runs in seven games. And even before the three-game sweep of the White Sox, they were swept by the Royals in a series that included a 1-0 loss to Bruce Chen and a 2-1 loss to Jeremy Guthrie.

The Tigers are badly in need of someone besides Miguel Cabrera and Prince Fielder to step it up. Delmon Young‘s big weekend against the White Sox was apparently just that. The Tigers need at least two from the group of Andy Dirks, Jhonny Peralta, Brennan Boesch and Alex Avila to provide some consistent production in the bottom half of the order.

Of course, the Tigers have three more games against the White Sox this week, giving them the chance to quickly erase that three-game AL Central lead. However, the fact that they couldn’t get anything going against a fading Jose Quintana tonight doesn’t bode well for their chances.

  1. datdangdrewdundunituhgin - Sep 10, 2012 at 11:58 PM

    tough to get anyone in particular going when the lineup is a downward spiral of leyland’s madness. i feel like he has given up on this year, i don’t know if its a contract thing or he’s just burned out, but putting ryan raburn in the lineup BATTING SECOND (!?!?!?) and his .168 avg is grounds for insanity. c’mon, this is a divisional race! big game against the sox, a chance to not force yourself to be perfect down the stretch… ryan effing raburn!? this team isn’t going anywhere anyways, but this fanbase (and the owner!) deserve better than that. raburn, don kelly, all this bullcrap is definitely NOT your best play. leyland has to go.

  2. uyf1950 - Sep 11, 2012 at 7:31 AM

    Obviously not a fan of either team, nut I do enjoy good baseball. It’s beginning to look more and more like the only way the Tigers are going to make the playoffs is if they win their division. The next 3 games against the White Sox may very well determine how likely that this.

    • uyf1950 - Sep 11, 2012 at 7:33 AM

      edit button please: “But” I do enjoy….

  3. bucs1905 - Sep 11, 2012 at 10:10 AM

    You call for Dirks to get hits yet dumbass Leyland plays Raburn and bats him second. I hope the Tigers lose out and get rid of his ass. Guy has and will always be overrated as a coach. No game have the Tigers won because of him. They have always won inspite.

  4. kalinedrive - Sep 11, 2012 at 11:10 AM

    Yes, Leyland likes to play everyone sometimes, apparently because they might get rusty or bored or something. Unfortunately, playing them does not actually make them better players, it just allows them to get some exercise, waste outs, make errors, and hurt the team. When Raburn dropped the fly ball in left and then proceeded to strike out with a runner in scoring position, I could only think “at least he’s right-handed, so that must be better than a left-handed hitter could have done.” My brother texted that they need to throw Raburn out of the team plane, and I asked what they would do without his big bat, and he said they should use his bat to knock him out of the plane, it would be the best use it’s had all year.

  5. darthicarus - Sep 11, 2012 at 11:55 AM

    I started typing up my thoughts on this whole debacle then I got sidetracked & forgot where I was going with my ramblings then I just deleted everything & started over with this…kind of like the Tigers season so far except they haven’t started the 2013 year yet.

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