The Detroit Tigers did not manage a single hit against the New York Yankees this afternoon. I’m sure everyone is completely fine with that (not). Before I tell you why you don’t need to be worried, let’s recap what happened in the game.
Michael Fulmer got rocked. He allowed three baserunners (two walks) in the first inning, had 1-2-3 second and third innings, then gave up three extra-base hits in the fourth while getting just one out. He was lifted for Blaine Hardy.
Shaky defense: The Tigers committed three errors in the field today — one by Tyler Collins, who is fighting for a starting role in center field. Additionally, there was only one double play turned by Detroit.
No offense: Only two players reached base for the Tigers — Nicholas Castellanos and J.D. Martinez drew back-to-back walks with two outs in the first inning. Not the most exciting of games.
Concerned yet? You shouldn’t be. This is spring training, y’all. Emphasis on training. The entire purpose of this month of baseball is for the players to prepare themselves for the regular season. The games have no impact whatsoever on how the season will go. As others have mentioned, the 1984 World Series Champion Tigers had a spring training record of 11-17. The Tigers current record is 7-13. You really don’t need to worry.
But you’re worried anyway, aren’t you? Need I point out the number of key players still participating in the World Baseball Classic? Miguel Cabrera, Victor Martinez, Ian Kinsler, Francisco Rodriguez, Bruce Rondon, and others remain absent. That’s one-third of the starting lineup and half of the back-end of the bullpen. Certainly you don’t expect the Tigers to do well while missing so many stars. That would be an unfair expectation.
So stop worrying. At least, wait to worry until the games start counting. Until then, the Tigers will be OK.