Feb 27, 2014; Lakeland, FL, USA; Detroit Tigers center fielder Austin Jackson (14) drives the ball into the outfield during the sixth inning against the Atlanta Braves at Joker Marchant Stadium. Detroit Tigers defeated the Atlanta Braves 5-2. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports

Detroit Tigers, Speed Demons

For the past week all I have heard on the radio or read in the newspapers is that Brad Ausmus is gonna have the Detroit Tigers running all over the bases this year.  Since Spring Training games started Brad Ausmus has done exactly that, with mixed results.  While they have put pressure on opposing defenses they have also run themselves out of some innings as well.  On top of that Miguel Cabrera tried to take third base on a walk and Rajai Davis got picked off of second base.  Those are two mistakes that cannot happen in the regular season.

With this way of playing two bad things can happen every time you attempt to gain extra bases either through stealing or taking extra bases, you are tagged out and you run yourself out of a big inning.  Tiger fans everywhere are overly excited because they feel that Jim Leyland waiting for the three run home run offense was getting stale.  While that offense can be effective if you are power hitting if your not then you can get into trouble real fast.  With Ausmus offense however you can force the defense into mistakes and take advantage of them.  However if they are not getting on base the speed offense will not work.

So as the 2014 Detroit Tigers get ready for this year I stress caution in your excitement because its like a shiny new toy, but the shine can come off that toy real fast.  They are improved on the defense, bullpen, and speed but hitting was down graded.  The Tigers need to get on base to do all of this damage on the base paths, this is gonna be the Detroit Tigers version of MONEY BALL.  This offense does not care if you walk or get a base hit just get on base.  If they do they may break the record for stolen bases for a team this year, as long as everyone stays healthy.  It will be a long year in Detroit if they do not get on base.


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