Christopher Ilitch, President and CEO of Detroit Tigers, on June 7, 2019, questions the team's recovery and progress.
Anthony Fenech, Detroit Free Press
There's a lot to celebrate today. Do you feel patriotic? Happy Birthday America! Do you feel (pathologically) nostalgic? It is the 80th anniversary of Lou Gehrig's "happiest man" speech at Yankee Stadium. Do you feel (dark) nostalgic? It is the 107th anniversary of the first no-hit in Tiger history. (It's also the 139th birthday of the man who threw it, George Mullen.)
But we? We celebrate that the tigers are officially in the middle of the 162 MLB schedule, despite Mother Nature's biggest efforts in Detroit and Chicago. Yes, the 9-0 defeat of the White Sox on Wednesday night was the 81st game for the Tigers (which should be completed at least thanks to the nerve-wracking game in May). It's not the traditional "first half" – that would be the All-Star break, only four games away – but it's still one of our most popular baseball season milestones here in Freep. Why? Mostly because calculating the speed of statistics will never be easier.
With that in mind, let's take a look at some of the tiger's most important half-year figures.
(All statistics on the DoubleHeader on Wednesday in Chicago of course, so hopefully, read this before the end of Thursday's game in Windy City.) If not, we will not tell anyone if you do not. .)
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The Record: 27-54
Ron Gardenhire may be the first Tiger manager to lose 100 games in one season since Alan Trammell in 2003. (Photo: Charles LeClaire, USA TODAY Sport)
The tigers storm at an endlessly repeating percentage of .333 (33333333333333 …), which would bring them to a pace of 54 wins. (I told you it would be easy to keep the statistics on track.) Only five Tigers teams have won less than 54 games in one season: 2003 (43, duh), 1952 (50), 1902 (52), 1994 (53). thanks to the strike) and 1996 (53). Only the Tigers of 1996 and 2003 contested a complete 162-game program (passed in 1961), which provides this year's squad of a selected company. But hey, let's stick to the 81 games we have in hand. Only four Tigers teams had a worse profit share after 81 games: 2003 (yes, they again at .247), 1996 (.284), 1952 (.325) and 1953 (.329). Three of these four lost at least 100 games, and only the 53 Tigers "recovered" and lost only 94 times this season. The running difference numbers are not very favorable for Tigers this year. They were surpassed by 153 runs in 81 games. Only two teams in franchise history – 1996 (-210) and 2003 (-161) – have been surpassed by more than 81 games. (By the way, hats before those '96 tigers, led by right-hander Omar Olivares and left-fielder Bobby Higginson, because they were terribly under the radar at 53-109.)
The offense: 3.48 runs per game
Miguel Cabrera's offensive struggles, caused by injuries, are a symbol of the beating suffering of the Tigers of 2019. (Photo: Gregory Fisher, USA TODAY Sports)
What drives this brutal running differential? (OK, OK, the subtitle probably gave it away.) Let's start with the bats. The tigers averaged just 3.48 runs per game, 0.12 runs worse than the next team, the Marlins at 3.60 and nearly 0.73 runs worse than the next American League team (the Orioles at 4.21). , It is time to be historically bad. Only eight American League teams have averaged fewer than 3.5 games in a full season since the designated batsman was adopted in the 1973 AL. Here is the link, if you have to marvel at the historic train wrecks. (If you're a Mariners fan who reads this, I'll be sorry in advance.)
By comparison, six AL teams were included in the 3,5-run lath in 1972, and the 1972 Tigers barely made it at 3.58 (during the playoffs). Of course, it is not due to the lack of production of the DH, which doomed the 2019 Tigers to failure. It's the lack of production down the line: Every regular position group is ranked in the lower half of the American League for OPS (On-Base Plus Slugging Percentage), except for the pitchers who "rake" with a .348 OPS. good for the fourth in the AL. (The leader there? The athletics jugs with 0.533 OPS.) Even worse are the Tiger catcher with 0.487 OPS. (And yes, that means that A's jugs in a small sample outperform the combination of Grayson Greiner, John Hicks, and Bobby Wilson.) Also problematic is the first base, in which Tigers' .629 OPS ranks 14th out of 15 is AL team and 29th out of 30 teams in both leagues. (They are kept out of the basement only by the poor royals' 1B combo setting up a .588-OPS.) For what it's worth, the Tigers combo is the second base OPS & # 39; ing .633 which is the worst in the AL. Maybe things went terribly wrong when your second basemen outperformed their first basemen. Maybe we'll stop picking a position group and pitching.
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] The pitching: 5.37 runs per game
Tyler Alexander was solid in pitching on Wednesday night, but the Tiger's 9-6 loss in 12 innings was unsuccessful. (Photo: Charles Rex Arbogast, AP)
Of course the pitching was not exactly perfect as the tigers are 27th in the majors per match. Only the Orioles (6.19), Mariners (5.89) and Rockies (5.48) were worse this season. Look at the numbers a little, and you can imagine that not all of these barrels should be hung on the cans. Her ERA is 4.89, good for the 24th place in the majors. Progress! Why the difference? The tigers have already allowed 45 inexperienced runs, bringing them to a pace of … yes, 90 inexperienced runs. These 90 would be the most for the franchise in a single season, since the Tigers allowed 91 unreached runs in 2002. (They are well behind the franchise record for unequaled runs, which stands at 258 in the opening season of 1901. At that time, the gloves had stunk, the defense very hard, and the scorers in common.) But hey, many teams give unequaled runs this season , right? In fact, the Tigers ranked third with 0.56 inexperienced runs, behind the Braves with 0.61 and the Mariners (sorry, Seattle!) With a terrible 0.76 inexperienced runs per game. Cover your eyes, Tom Emanski!
However, it is not all defense. The Tigers were hit hard by the long ball, 123 homers were admitted this season, the tenth of the majors. Nevertheless, this is good for the leaders in Baltimore (167 Homer) and Seattle (146). But hey, the tigers are on their way to setting a franchise record for Homer. They gave up three in the nightcap of Wednesday and brought them to a 246-Homer pace. The franchise record is held by the Tigers in 1996 – do you see what we meant by this team being sneaky? – at 241, at the beginning of the PED era. Frighteningly, the 2003 Tigers, losing an AL record of 119 games, allowed only 195 homers (and only 81 unreached runs). At least they got that under control.
So, what will we get in the last 81?
A Trading with Nicholas Castellanos this month is unlikely to help the tiger's anemic offensive. (Photo: Jon Durr, USA TODAY Sports)
The tigers are evil. But we already knew that. Sure, they started at 18 to 20, but when injuries occurred, especially in the rotation, it was 9 to 34, which equates to a gain of 0.20 percent. If they stay that bad in the last 81 games of the year they will actually end at … 43-119. (heeeey, 2003 …) The good news? It's one thing to lose 80% of your time over 45 games. It's a bad thing, but it happens. It's really hard to lose 80% of your games over 81 games. Even the '03 Tigers finished with 23-58 this year, which equates to a gain of 0.284 percent. However, these tigers have three things that the tigers did not do. First, a few players who are valuable enough to trade on the deadline. Second, the knowledge (or only readiness) to deal with the deadline. And third, a lot of people who could make a difference, if not this year, then right after. And hey, at least the ticket prices are cheap this weekend.
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