Falling to the Miami Marlins 6-3 on Wednesday night, the Detroit Tigers suffered their eighth consecutive loss.
Some Detroit Tigers fans may have thought the team’s fortunes could be turning around against the Marlins, the worst team in the NL. Now, the Tigers are in danger of being swept for a third consecutive series on Thursday (unofficially however considering the suspension of play against Oakland on Sunday) after dropping the first two games to Miami at Comerica Park.
With the losses piling up for the Detroit Tigers, it’s safe to say the team is struggling to find any answers to end this frustrating streak. The Tigers had a 3-1 lead going into the seventh inning on Tuesday, but relievers Buck Farmer and Victor Alcántara each allowed two runs to ruin Detroit’s best chance to end the losing streak.
The Tigers got out to an early lead on Tuesday, something that does not happen often at all, with Niko Goodrum driving in an early RBI in the first inning. Despite still losing, the fact that the Tigers jumped out early and have had a small spike in offense lately could help things to come.
Christin Stewart had his first multi-hit game on Tuesday since April 16th, hopefully meaning the rising star could be returning to his early season form at the plate. Gordon Beckham did go just 1-5 on Tuesday but did drive in an RBI giving the offense some much-needed help at the top of the order.
Taking the mound for the Tigers in Thursday’s series finale is Matthew Boyd. Despite starting the season extremely hot, Boyd has been in a slump of his own as of late. In his last start on Saturday against Oakland, the lefty surrendered four runs on seven hits in 6.1 IP, giving Boyd his second losing decision in a row on the mound.
With seven combined runs in the last two games, Detroit’s offense has been sparking up slightly as of right now, but still, nothing seems to be working. The bats could be better and both starting and relief pitching has been going through woes recently, meaning this losing streak could go on for who knows how long.