If you didn’t think the Detroit Tigers’ season could get any worse, then wow you were incredibly wrong, as the team was throughly beaten by the lowly Seattle Mariners 9-1 on Wednesday.
Words you could probably use to describe the team’s offense right now could include: missing, irrelevant, inept, anemic, absent, sub-par, disappointing and the big one which isn’t one word, but a phrase, not good enough. While Adam Wilk was bad, giving up six earned runs on eight hits, the offense didn’t pick up the young lefty.
Down 1-0 in the first inning, Detroit got Austin Jackson on base to open the game, as Felix Hernandez walked three of the first six batters he faced to load the bases. While most of the top offensive teams in the league would score runs in that situation, the Tigers did not. Thus validating their lowly stats in every major category and allowing the Mariners off the hook and putting themselves in an early hole.
Detroit is 14th in runs scored, 17th in batting average, 20th in on base percentage and 17th in slugging percentage. It is still early in the season, but those numbers should be higher. This team is loaded with offensive talent and have shown they can produce runs consistently to open the year, as they were in the top-five of every major category just a few weeks ago.
Wednesday’s game echoed those numbers, as the team was pretty much dominated by Hernandez and the rest of the Mariners’ pitching staff. They gave up a combined seven hits, four walks and five strikeouts, while only giving up a solo home run to Brennan Boesch in the third inning.
The Tigers pitching staff meanwhile, which looked just as bad as the offense, combined to give up 15 hits, four walks and conceded nine earned runs, while striking out five. While a majority of the runs were charged to Wilk, his replacement Thad Weber was not much better over his three innings of relief. In fact, only Colin Balester and Duane Below were able to hold the Mariners hitless and scoreless in the game.
It is a loss that should stick with the Tigers as something that can’t happen again. In fact, it will be tough for it to happen again as Adam Wilk was sent down to the AAA immediately following the game. Brayan Villarreal was recalled and will be a fresh arm for a bullpen desperately in need of some relief.
With the series finale tomorrow, Detroit will turn to Rick Porcello in hopes of avoiding the sweep. It is Porcello’s first start since not getting out of the second inning against the Texas Rangers a few days ago. While the chances for the win don’t seem high right now, if the offense can turn it around, anything can happen.