The Tigers are in a complete freefall punctuated by a blowout loss to the White Sox on Wednesday, which led to a less than fun team meeting afterward.
To say that the wheels have come off for the Detroit Tigers would be selling them short; the wheels are off and on fire with no way to contact emergency services. And Wednesday’s day game against the Chicago White Sox might be a new low for the organization this season.
After falling behind 3-0 in the first inning thanks to a three-run homer from Yoan Moncada off of Alex Faedo, the bleeding never stopped for Detroit. By the end of the sixth inning, they were down 11-0 and waived the white flag as they started putting position players on the mound.
When it was all said and done, the Tigers lost 13-0 and used three position players on the mound, the first time that they’ve ever done so in franchise history. And apparently, manager A.J. Hinch and the players had enough after making such dubious history in Detroit.
Tigers hold unkind team meeting after blowout loss to White Sox
On the heels of the travesty at the hands of the White Sox, the Tigers held a long team meeting during which multiple players and coaches spoke and Hinch reiterated that this was an embarrassment for the club.
To be sure, Hinch isn’t wrong. Not only did they trot out three position players as pitchers, but the 13-run loss dropped them to 24-38 on the season, good for the third-worst record in the American League. The defeat also makes it losses in five of the Tigers’ last six games to keep the freefall going.
It’s been disappointing for most of the year but things have truly started to go awry. Prized free-agent signing Javy Baez has been one of the worst hitters in baseball, another addition in southpaw Eduardo Rodriguez has stepped away from the team, and nothing seems to be working.
Unfortunately, it feels as if things might only keep getting worse before they get better for Detroit.