By: Holly Horning
If you are a regular reader, you know we’ve started keeping track of a variety of stats on the Tigers that caused great concern last year. Stats that tend to get lost in the bigger picture of how a team is doing and stats that tell a more complete story if the team is struggling.
Much is being said about the team this month and it’s interesting to read how so many fans believe it’s a team underperforming while an almost equal number think it’s a team that is now too old to compete.
And if you read this blog every day, you know I love patterns. It is one of the best ways to explain what is going on with the Tigers. Where their strengths are and where their weaknesses do them in.
The first half of May has been a particularly difficult time so let’s look at some of the areas of concern to see what’s going on:
— 6 wins, 11 losses (4 against Twins, 1 each against Nats, Orioles)
— 1 series win, 4 series losses
— 1 sweep (win), 2 sweeps (losses)
— 24% of games (4 of 17) with 2 or fewer runs (2 shutouts)
— 9 times with the bases loaded and unable to score
— Tigers hitting .156 (5 for 32) compared to .336 last year
— majority of failure to score runners due to strikeouts
— Average of 8-9 strikeouts per game with more games at/over 10+ each
— LOB for 17 games is 116 with app. 7 per game
— Runners in Scoring Position is only successful 26% of the time (34 for 130)
— 12 times a better hitter not used as a pinch-hitter (late in the game) with RISP for a game that technically was winnable
— The majority involved leaving Gose in to bat, followed by Upton
— 3 times top offensive players were never inserted into the lineup in close games
— Relievers inserted 7 seven times (5 games) only after 1-2 HRs had already cleared the bases
— Relievers entered games 8 times (7 games) at the beginning of an inning
— Relievers called in 14 times (10 games) in the middle of an inning with an average of 2.5 inherited runners already sitting on base
— 13 GIDP
— 6 stolen bases
— 8 bases lost due to caught stealing, pick-offs and failed extra base attempts
We’ll be back with those final numbers, and more in a couple weeks. We’ll also compare May’s stats to those of April. Will the rest of May look better? Let’s hope so!