The Tigers won a series against the Cleveland Guardians on Sunday, a feat that is no small achievement given what they’re working with.
Detroit improved to 2-23 when they score two runs or less this season. That wouldn’t be a meaningful stat if they hadn’t scored two runs or less in 25 of their 46 games so far. At 17-29, fans are already keeping an eye on the farm system with next season in mind.
But anger isn’t the only emotion Detroit baseball fans have felt this season. No, that would be a copout, especially given the injury issues that have plagued the Tigers in just under 50 games.
The majority of Detroit’s starting rotation is out — with Eduardo Rodriguez, Matt Manning, Casey Mize, Michael Pineda and more spending time on the injured list.
Sunday’s win served another reminder of Tigers bad injury luck
Elvin Rodriguez, who was making a spot start, only lasted four innings due to an injury. Seriously, anyone in the Detroit starting rotation — even those who are called up to do so — are taking an inherent risk. Anything is possible, and ‘anything’ is usually bad.
Still, injuries happen. That could’ve been a flash in the pan, a mere circumstance. Right? It couldn’t get any worse.
Wait for it…
Jeimer Candelario pinch-hit for Robbie Grossman, who is dealing with his own injury issues. Shortly thereafter, Candelario hit a foul liner which struck first-base coach Gary Jones. While Jones was eventually fine, he did appear to hurt his leg in the moment.
If anything sums up Detroit’s injury luck, it is this singular play.
I don’t have any words. Please, feel my pain. I’m frankly surprised I didn’t get carpal tunnel just writing about the Tigers. That, in itself, is a miracle.