If one were to look at the hitting stats from the Detroit Tigers on their recently completed west region trip in Seattle and Texas, one would be scratching their head as to how the Tigers registered a respectable .261/.318/.404 team slash line in six games, but also managed to average just 3.5 runs per contest and finish the week with a 2-4 record?
The answers lies in their lack of production in scoring chances. Detroit averaged less than one scoring chance per game last week, and that includes that 15-inning marathon last Tuesday in a 6-5 loss to the Mariners. With runners in scoring position, they went 9-for-41 in 60 total innings played, 11 of those in the 15-inning defeat. Now granted, two Tigers relievers in Francisco Rodríguez and Justin Wilson literally gave away two wins last week, but the offense, or lack thereof, contributed to the struggling 2-4 stretch.
We go inside the numbers in our latest weekly recap for the Tigers.