The last time I posted I posed the question: Is it time to panic?
In short: Yes.
The pitching hasn’t improved much in the last six days and the hitting has been as mediocre now as it has been all season.
In their last ten games, against teams that have nothing to play for in terms of a pennant race, the Tigers are 3-7. That doesn’t cut it when you’re in a pennant race, albeit a weak one in the American League Central.
This shouldn’t come as a huge surprise. In 2006 Detroit finished the second-half of the year with a losing record and backed its way into the playoffs through the wild card. And it was the Royals that ultimately screwed Detroit over.
Three years later the Tigers don’t have the luxury of the wild card yet they’re still playing like crap at the end of the year.
I like to be an optimist but with just a four game lead over Minnesota and seven more games against the Twins, Detroit has plenty of chances to screw this up in the last few weeks of the season.
It makes it worse that the Tigers still have to play Cleveland and Chicago, two teams that also have nothing to play for. As evidenced by the 1-5 performance against the Royals, Detroit is in deep trouble.