Weekly Recap: Tigers fail to gain ground in playoff chase


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Normally, a week where Miguel Cabrera and Victor Martínez hit a modest .273 combined with three homers, three RBI and five runs scored typically bodes well for the Tigers. But on the contrary, the offense was a sputtering mess when it mattered most.

As a team, Detroit averaged under three runs per contest last week, barely hit .200 (10 for 48) with runners in scoring position and averaged better than seven guys on base in those six games last week. And in a span of games where three of their four losses were by three runs or fewer, that’s just unacceptable at this point in the season, especially against teams they need to be beating.

There are some bright spots worth mentioning though. J.D. Martinez is showing zero signs of slowing down any time soon, he hit a cool .400 (8×20) and drove in three runs. The three RBI is good considering the offense was no where to be found. And while Justin Upton clubbed two more homers last week, each of the three-run variety, nearly half of his 21 at-bats resulted in a punch out.

Cameron Maybin had a rather unorthodox week as well, he hit just 5 for 23, but he struck out eight times, second most on the club to Upton.

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