The Legend wrote:
They are looking good but by no means would i say that i think they are better. the roster is configured differently, had little to nothing to do with leyland or ausmus necessarily which is what you werent acknowledging. through 52 games this season the tigers have scored 28 runs less than a year ago and also allowed 14 more runs but have a 4-5% better Winning Percentage so I can support the benefits of small ball argument - I just dont buy the Leyland was awful lunacy.
Yep same record, runs scored are down 5.27 runs scored per game in 2013 compared to 4.43 as of today. Runs allowed 3.93 runs per game in 2013 and 4.34 as of today.
Saying anything is working better now compared to last year seems to have been a little premature.
The real issue is the bullpen. I was really thinking we got ourselves a closer with Nathan, but he looks like a shell of his former self. Perhaps too much was spent on him with too long of a commitment. I hope he can turn it around. It's also amazing that Phil Coke is still on the roster. I understand the need for a situational lefty but damn I can never think of the situation you should use him in. Joba has been a pleasant surprise though, shaky at times but typically gets the job done. Also Al Al seems to have regressed substantially, what happened to the wipe out slider?
I'm really worried about this team not coming out of this funk as the same team that is started the season as. I think they'll make the playoffs but will be an easy bounce out to a team with any type of quality pitching.