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5 Biggest Takeaways from 2016 Detroit Tigers

INDIANS, ROYALS KICK DETROIT OUT OF THE PLAYOFFS

Kansas City RoyalsHard to imagine that just two teams, division rivals no less, are the No. 1 reason why the Tigers are not participating in October baseball in 2016.

Can we all just sit here and collectively think about how Detroit mustered an appalling 11-26 record against the Cleveland Indians and Kansas City Royals this year? This year’s American League Central Division champions and the 2015 World Series champions were on a mission, at least on the side, and it was to keep the Motor City Kitties out of the playoffs.

Cleveland absolutely toyed with the Tigers this year, winning 14 out of 18 games against them. Detroit posted a dreadful .229/.296/.373 slash line against the Tribe this year. On the pitching front, the team ERA for the Tigers against Cleveland was approaching 6.00.

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Tigers Need to Shake Things Up

And while they hit respectably well against the Royals in 2016 (.264/.320/.430), the pitching was victimized by the Royals small-ball offense with a 5.37 team ERA. The fatal blow that Kansas City could have very well given to the Tigers came late in the season. If we want to go back and pinpoint individual games and series as key ones that were the Tigers’ demise, just look back on how the Royals won five of the last six between the two clubs at Comerica Park.

But that 11-26 record is a major eye sore, considering they are left out of the Wild Card by just 2.5 games. Turn six or seven of those losses into Ws and Detroit is at the 90-win watermark on the season and comfortably hosting an AL Wild Card game Tuesday night against either Baltimore or Toronto.

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