As we head into the All-Star break the Detroit Tigers are still having trouble beating the teams they should beat. The Chicago White Sox are having a disastrous season and after the All-Star break , they will have a garage sale that would make the American Pickers blush. There is no reason the Tigers should not be able to take two out of three against this team at Comerica Park. But they lost two games to a team that will resemble a AAA team after the clock expires on the trading deadline.
Just how bad were the White Sox prior to the series with the Tigers:
- Last place with a record of 34-52
- 2-8 in their previous 10 games
- Last in the American League in runs
- 13th in the AL in Home Runs
- 14th in OPS
- Averaged just 3.5 runs per game
During the series the White Sox feasted on Tigers pitching scoring 21 runs in three game, nearly 4 runs above their season average per game. The team that is least capable of scoring runs outscored the team that is most capable.
Taking all of these factors into account their no way a team with 6 all-stars, a triple crown contender and an undefeated pitcher should lose to the second worst team in the entire American League.
Losing the series to the Sox gave back any momentum the Detroit Tigers may have gained during the previous Cleveland series. Although they are not in any real danger of losing the American League Central, they seem to lack a focus against teams they should dominate. A focus the team will need if they are going to be serious contenders for the World Series.