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“strikeouts aren’t just a luxury for the Tigers—they’re a necessity”

Oct 15, 2013, 11:05 AM EDT

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A good article from Brian Costa and Daniel Barbarisi of the Wall Street Journal. It’s got a somewhat misleading headline: “Does Defense Even Matter Anymore?” Just ask the Cardinals about that after they misplayed multiple balls in last night’s game whether defense matters.

But what the article is really about is the Tigers’ strikeout rate. About how while, yes, it is crazy-impressive, it is also necessary due to how few balls in play the Tigers turn into outs compared to the rest of the league.

Doing that is normally a great way to be home watching the playoffs in October. But when you have Scherzer, Verlander and Sanchez striking out some many guys and, thus, allowing the defense to sit back and simply watch too, you may be able to overcome it.

  1. stoopidfool - Oct 15, 2013 at 11:20 AM

    haha…….the tigers suck in the field

    • thethorntonstrokes - Oct 15, 2013 at 1:59 PM

      Your handle is VERY fitting.

  2. sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - Oct 15, 2013 at 11:26 AM

    How did Torii Hunter get so bad all of a sudden? I know he was never quite as good as his reputation, and he is a few years older. But it is not like his problems are lack of range and not getting to balls at the extreme of his zone. He seems to have lost the ability to read a fly ball and know where it is going. He over-runs, under-runs, gets crossed up. How did THAT happen?

    • Francisco (FC) - Oct 15, 2013 at 2:28 PM

      I think he got contaminated by no-defense-itis, it runs rampant in the Tiger’s dugout. It’s not a wonder he’s infected.

      • sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - Oct 15, 2013 at 3:07 PM

        He has look B-A-D this series. I don’t know if he was playing like that all season, but this is sad.

  3. Uncle Charlie - Oct 15, 2013 at 12:15 PM

    Wait, what? A nonpartisan article the WSJ.

  4. misterj167 - Oct 15, 2013 at 1:13 PM

    Hunter came inches, maybe millimeters, away from making one of the most spectacular catches ever seen, and had he made the catch, that’s what everyone would be talking about.

    I love baseball.

    • aceshigh11 - Oct 15, 2013 at 1:26 PM

      Yeah but he didn’t, so the big story is the Big Papi grand slam and the epic Sox win.

      • misterj167 - Oct 15, 2013 at 1:45 PM

        I wasn’t knocking Big Papi, I was just saying how great the game is…I love anyone who is a Yankee killer.

  5. Francisco (FC) - Oct 15, 2013 at 2:24 PM

    “strikeouts aren’t just a luxury for the Tigers—they’re a necessity”

    Look-for-the, Bare-ne-ces-si-ties, The-sim-ple-bare-ne-ces-si-ties.

    Where’s historio? It’s my mission to fill her head with one stupid song a day.

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