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Defense, as expected, a problem for Tigers

May 29, 2012 - Burt Angeli
Ken Rosenthal of has noticed a problem with the Detroit Tigers.

Rosenthal wrote: “The team has one major flaw, and rival scouts and executives were talking about it as far back as spring training.


True, the Tigers have performed below expectations offensively, ranking only seventh in the American League in runs per game.”

Entering the weekend, Rosenthal noted “the Tigers had converted 71 percent of their groundballs into outs — the worst rate in the majors, according to Bloomberg Sports. The Yankees were next-to-last at 72.5 percent. The Blue Jays were first at 83.1 percent.”

Pitching and power hitting will make the Tigers’ AL Central Division contenders.

“But they’ve put together a poor defensive club at a time when most teams are increasing their emphasis on that aspect of the game,” Rosenthal wrote. “Tough way to win the World Series.”



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