The Detroit Tigers managed to eek out a victory on Tuesday night, but before that, they struggled through a seven game losing streak that put the team three games below .500. The streak mirrored an eight game skid from last year, and understandably, the full-blown freak out is on. The result was all - of - the - doom - takes.
The reason for such a vitriolic reaction to the slow start is twofold. First, the 2016 season was never going to have a grace period. The failures of last year coupled with the amount of money spent during the offseason and the ever-closing window meant that any signs of trouble would be met with an uproar.
The other reason is that there is no singular fix for the Tigers' problems. Less flatteringly put, the team is losing in every way imaginable. The starting pitching has been poor. The bullpen has been solid but prone crucial lapses. The offense hasn't been consistent. And the managing remains questionable.
Ausmus said if he could do it over, he would have let McCann hit before deciding on a pinch hitter.— Chris McCosky (@cmccosky) May 10, 2016
As a Tigers optimist, even I have a hard time finding a lot of positive things to say other than we are only a fifth of the way through the season and, hey, we won last night. There is plenty of time for us to get way angrier.
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